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Reading of "The Muse in Autumn" by Ann Marie Shea

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InProximity Theatre Company is happy to present "The Muse in Autumn" by Ann Marie Shea, as part of the Project W Theatre Festival's program.

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Is there a difference between sexual predation and a “May-December” romance? In her youth, Gwyneth was a prolific writer, but now her life is confined to a remote country retreat caring for her aged husband, famous poet Marshal Rivers, as he struggles with paralysis and aphasia. The unexpected arrival of two strangers –an ambitious young scholar, Larry, and a mysterious girl, Maggie – lead to revelation of Rivers’ life-long sexual predation, and subsequent plagiarism. Gwyneth, finally finding her “voice,” devises a subtle revenge on helpless husband as he is forced to live with the words of his silenced student chasing him to his grave.

Written by Ann Marie Shea

Ann Marie Shea’s plays have been produced at Torrent Theatre (NYC) Southeastern Regional Technical High School, Boston Theatre Marathon, Shakespeare and Company, Worcester Children’s Theatre, Boston Actors’ Theatre, Redfeather Theatre, Turtle Lane Theatre, Newburyport’s Firehouse Center for the Arts, and at Barrington Stage’s “10 x 10” festivals .She performs her one-woman play, Madame Secretary, Frances Perkins, at venues throughout New England. Both as writer and performer, she has participated in the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Valdez, AK. She has acted at Stoneham Theatre, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Redfeather Theatre, Apollinaire Theatre, and Boston’s Huntington Theatre. In the film, Abe and Phil’s Last Poker Game, she plays the role of Martin Landau’s wife.. A member of Dramatists Guild, AEA and SAG-AFTRA, she has earned an M.A. (Drama) from Catholic University and a Ph.D. (Educational Theatre) from New York University

Directed by Terry Berliner

Terry Berliner specializes in developing, directing, and writing new plays and musicals. Ms. Berliner’s Broadway credits as resident and assistant director include The Lion King, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The Sound of Music, and The Red Shoes. She has directed Off Broadway, in regional theatres, and universities across the country. This season she wrote and directed the holiday musical One World for a major financial institution. She also directed the first reading of a new musical written by Frank Wildhorn, Rinne Groff and Robin Lerner. Other recent direction and choreography includes the new Julie Dunlap & Sara Stotts musical Motherfreakinghood at the Peter J. Sharp Theatre in NYC; Rehana Lew Mirza’s new play Soldier X at Brooklyn College; Bob Carlton’s musical Return to the Forbidden Planet at SUNY at Buffalo; the A.R.T. New York Gala honoring Jessie Mueller, Andy Truschinski and Joe Solway; Michelle Elliott’s new play Promising (produced by InProximity Theatre Company), at The Beckett, Theatre Row, NYC; and Kirsten Guenther and Tony Asaro’s new musical, The Cable Car Nymphomaniac (nominated for a Theatre Bay Area award for Outstanding World Premier Musical), at Z Below and The Eureka Theatre, in San Francisco. She has served as artistic director for the North Shore Summer Theater Workshop, Long Island, and LeAp Onstage (a playwriting program for NYC public school students). Ms. Berliner has written for American Theatre magazine, Asolo Rep (2016/17 season Program), Theatre Bay Area, Theatre History Studies, and been selected to participate in the CAP21 Writers Residency and the Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat. Her new musical Alone in the U.S., written with Bobby Cronin, has been presented at CAP21, New York Film Academy, Penn State, made its U.K. debut at the University of Cumbria, and won the Outstanding Program of the Year Award at Marymount Manhattan College. For 5 years Ms. Berliner served as a member of Off Broadway’s Lucille Lortel nominating committee. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. terryberliner.me

Cast

Zach Clark, Annie Dow, Joel Rooks, Eliza Ventura

Stage Directions by Emilee Dupre’


Festival Celebrating Women in Theatre

Project W Theatre Festival is a multi-day reading festival in New York City presenting new plays written, directed, managed and produced exclusively by women. It’s a celebration of women in theatre from both the creative and business fields.

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