Play Reading Series

With no sets, costumes or props, actors with scripts focus on texts that deal with issues we struggle with and are part of the cultural conversation. Following each reading, the audience is invited to stay and discuss the relevance of the issues raised by the play.

The Dresser

by Ronald Harwood
Based on the author’s own experiences as dresser to Sir Donald Wolfit, this bracing, heartbreaking drama is an elegy to a by-gone era. Backstage at a theatre in the English provinces during WWII, Sir, the last of the great breed of English actor/managers, is in a bad way tonight, as his dresser Norman tries valiantly to prepare him to go on stage as King Lear. Unsure of his lines as well as who and where he is supposed to be, Sir is adamantly determined to roar his last. With Herculean effort on the part of Norman, Sir finally makes it on stage and through the performance no thanks to an air raid courtesy of the Luftwaffe. Back in his dressing room after the performance, the worn out old trouper dies, leaving alone his company and the loyal dresser after one final bow.

Date: November 4, 7 pm
Price: $10
Venue: Singing Onstage Studios
1108 S. Pugh St.
State College, PA 16801