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Playmakers launches ‘Readers Theatre’ with staged reading.

Photos by Leyla Perkins at PhotoMagic 2018

First event to take place at Madisonville’s historic Bayou Cottage

This January, Playmakers, Inc. Community Theater in Covington introduces an exciting addition to the Northshore theatre scene: Playmakers’ Readers Theatre. With a mission to bring live theatre to the community in places it may not have reached before, Readers Theatre will perform one act plays, staged readings and other theatrical endeavors throughout the community in a variety of venues.

The Readers Theatre will publish its official season in February, but will launch its inaugural reading on January 21, 2018 with a staged reading of Ladies in Waiting: The Judgement of Henry VIII by James Cougar Canfield.

The event will take place at the 1854 Bayou Cottage on the grounds of the Trinity Marine Shipyard, 150 Hwy. 21, in Madisonville, Louisiana. Cocktails will begin at 1 p.m. with performances at 2 p.m. The fete will feature a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres catered by the award winning Ox Lot 9 and sponsored by Playmakers’ patron members, Roger and Eileen Keefe. Guests are invited to tour the home during cocktail hour, with the staged reading immediately following.

Playmakers is pleased to announce a very special cast under the direction of Larry Gray. Ladies in Waiting: The Judgement of Henry VIII stars Rex Badeaux as the king, and his six wives are Gina Pauratore as Catherine of Aragon; Julie Generis as Anne Boleyn, Jane McNulty as Jane Seymour, Melany Linder Graham as Anne of Cleves, Kathyrn Merris Scott as Catherine Howard and Anne Pourciau as Katherine Parr.

Written by James Cougar Canfield (TETA Playfest Award Winner, Alley Theatre’s Houston Young Playwright Award Winner) and workshopped and performed by graduates of East 15 Acting School’s MFA Acting International program, Ladies in Waiting finds King Henry VIII in a purgatory-like situation, where one by one he must confront and face off with each of his wives. Through dark humor, devastating truths, sexy seductions, and powerful revelations, Henry comes face to face with what his legacy has become: one entirely defined by women.

Tickets are now on sale for a minimum donation of $25, available at www.playmakersinc.com. Seating is limited and tickets will not be sold at the door, so be sure to make your reservation before January 21. This is not part of Playmakers’ regular season and is not included with season ticket passes. Due to the nature of the historic venue, children under the age of sixteen are not admitted.

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Supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and as administered by the St. Tammany Parish. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.

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