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Jason Miller Playwrights staging ‘Insomniac Salad’

A new theatrical collaboration sponsored by The Jason Miller Playwrights’ Project, called “Insomniac Salad: A Kitchen Table Collaboration” is a comedy about serious issues – those things that keep people up at night.

Co-written and performed by Roya Fahmy, Alicia Grega, Maureen McGuigan and Sarah J. Stachura, the play will be presented each Sunday in September at 4 p.m. at The Olde Brick Theatre on Providence Square in Scranton.

The play tells the story about Mari, Kitty, Fiona and Stella and how they became friends when insomnia brought them together at a university sleep clinic three years ago. Despite leading very different lives, they’ve continued gather seasonally for dinner. In Insomniac Salad, the four women lay their fears, doubts, anger, and dreams on the table as they prepare a late summer dinner party. Following the performance, audience members will be invited to make a small plate and discuss the play.

A suggested donation of $10 will be collected at the door, but note no one will be turned away.

For more information or for reservations, contact insomniacsalad@verizon.net or call 344-3656. Show dates are Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27. Seating is limited.

Also planned for presentation this fall are two staged readings.

On Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. audiences will be invited to meet playwright Charles Blewitt, Ed.D at a staged reading of his play, “City Counseling, Please Hold.” A native of Pittston, Blewitt is the author of two self-published collections of plays illuminating the everyday voices of Northeastern Pennsylvania residents, “Valley Views” and “Valley Views II.” Set in a gritty Irish bar in Scranton, Steve Corbett’s “Paddy, We Hardly Knew Ye” will be presented on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. At both readings, guests will be asked to complete a “scorecard” with constructive criticism and thoughts regarding continued development of the scripts. The Jason Miller Playwrights’ Project is a collective of regional stage and screen writers working in an ego-free “Script Hatchery” under the stewardship of Scranton Public Theatre to prepare scripts for presentation.

Jason Miller was a Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award-winning playwright who served as Scranton Public Theatre’s artistic director for 16 years until his death in May 2001. Among his goals for the theatre was a writer’s forum. Experienced writers are welcome to submit a one-act or full-length script for review at any time. Selected writers will be invited to join the project on a participatory level.

The Olde Brick Theatre is located through the rear entrance at 126 W. Market St. on the second floor of the Pocius Building, just off Providence Square in North Scranton. For more information about the Jason Miller Playwrights’ Project, e-mail scripthatchery@verizon.net or call 344-3074 or 344-3656.

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