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Summer Play Reading Series

Join some of your favorite Ensemble members in our Summer Play Reading Series.

You'll enjoy an evening at the theatre with fellow theatre enthusiasts and professionals. Light snacks will be provided (No alcohol). Masks are required and we will social distance. Each of these fun evenings is just $15!

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Follow the link below to register. Register soon, as space is limited. Any questions, contact our Education Director at aleffler@bte.org

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Play Summaries

PLAY READING SERIES #1: Monday, July 19th

6-8pm; Led by Elizabeth Dowd

Men On Boats by Jacklyn Backhaus is a rollicking, highly factual recounting of the first government sanctioned expedition down the Colorado and Green Rivers from Wyoming to Big Canyon. While the actual event was comprised entirely of men, the play turns the explorer masculinity on its ear by asking for an entirely female identifying cast. As this is a reading, anyone who registers can read, but it's an especially great opportunity for those who identify as female. This is an action movie type play - high energy and high stakes and lots of laughs in between. WARNING: MANLY LANGUAGE USED (ie; lots of colorful swearing!).

PLAY READING SERIES #2: Monday, July 26th

6-8pm; Led by James Goode

The Twilight Zone, adapted by Anne Washburn by Rod Serling, Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson. This stage version of eight tele-plays from the classic TV series was a sensational hit in London three years ago, and to our knowledge, has yet to be produced in the US. Let's travel to a place where the impossible is the actual; to the middle ground between light and shadow. It's a region as vast as space, and as timeless as infinity, a place where the pit of our fears collide with the height of our aspirations. Each and every one of us is a card-carrying citizen of "The Twilight Zone."

PLAY READING SERIES #3: Monday, August 2nd

6-8pm; Led by Eric Wunsch

Hand to God by Robert Askins

When he joins his mother Margery's Christian Puppet Ministry at the local church, Jason discovers a talent for puppetry, and it seems like things after his father’s sudden death might just turn out okay. Tyrone the puppet, though, has other plans. As the foul-mouthed, independent, and devilishly funny Tyrone grows in strength, Jason's complex relationships are thrown into upheaval. An irreverent, hysterical romp to hell and back.

BTE Theatre School

BTE Theatre School offers a range of classes, workshops, and camps designed to teach the fundamentals of the theater arts on an age-appropriate basis: critical reading, aesthetic analysis, creative thinking and problem solving, collaboration, theatre technology, oral interpretation, movement, and more.

Courses are led by BTE Theatre School staff and members of the Ensemble

BTE Theatre School Staff

Abigail Leffler

Abigail Leffler, Education Director Abigail Leffler is a Bloomsburg native. She earned her B.A. in Theatre Arts with a Performance Emphasis from Bloomsburg University. She has been no stranger to BTE. After college, she did an extensive acting internship with us. She has written and performed in many of our Theatre in the Classroom shows. For the past 8 years she has served as a Drama Instructor at the Center of Performing Arts, a Director for New Bern Civic Theatre, and as an actor and director for multiple theatre companies in North Carolina. She is so happy to be back at BTE teaching students of all ages.

More Theatre Education

BTE Project Discovery

BTE's Project Discovery allows area students to see plays free of charge as part of their high school education.

To learn more, visit the Project Discovery page.

Theatre in the Classroom

The BTE Theatre in the Classroom (TIC) program presents original plays developed to meet educational goals of elementary educators.

To learn more, visit the TIC page.