THE RECTOR, by Rachel Crothers: A timely visit to Metropolitan Virtual Playhouse on 11/14/20
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 08:08 pm EST 11/10/20

Triumph in the face of defeat

by Rachel Crothers

An early play from the trailblazing writer and director of the modern stage

November 14th, 2020 at 8 PM

The groundbreaking reading series continues as Obie Award winner Metropolitan Playhouse presents its next free "screened" reading, live-streamed at no charge, with talkback to follow: THE RECTOR , by by RACHEL CROTHERS.

11/14/2020 at 8 PM Eastern
Running Time: 30 minutes
Free of charge
Available at: www.metropolitanplayhouse.org
The video will be available through Wednesday, 11/18/20 on the Playhouse webpage and YouTube channel.

The rector is the most eligible bachelor in the parsonage, but he will not be bullied into a union by the town's grand dames. He will reveal his heart only to one, whose response to his proposal shows the true meaning of love and generosity.
From 1905, a subtly subversive play about an independent woman's power in a world where marriage is worth gold, but self-respect is worth far more.
Discussion including audience participation follows the reading with Anna Andes, PhD, Associate Professor of Theatre and Women's Studies Coordinator at Susquehanna University.

Directed by Metropolitan Artistic Director Alex Roe, the cast includes Cynthia Hewett, Helen Highfield, Michelle Geisler, Sheila Joon, Florence Marcisak, Alice Rothman-Hicks, Michael Turner. Background settings by Medusa Studio.

RACHEL CROTHERS (1878 - 1958), the daughter of two Illinois physicians, graduated high school at the age of 13, and studied dramatic arts in Boston the following year. Though she returned to Illinois for several years, following her father's death and with her mother's support, she moved to New York at age 19, and devoted herself to the stage. She gave up her acting career as her plays received production and notice, and was able to make her living and career as a prolific and highly regarded playwright of searching dramas as well as lighter comedies, always with an inquisitive to critical eye on the mores and of her age. She wrote some 23 plays (often directing their premieres), among them The Three of Us (1903), Nice People (1921), Mary the Third (1923), Expressing Willie (1924), As Husbands Go (1931.) New York area productions include He and She (1920) at East Lynne Theatre Company in 2011; Susan and God (1937) and A Little Journey (1918) at The Mint in 2006 and 2011 respectively
, and Metropolitan's production of A Man's World (1910) in 2013.

Metropolitan presents readings every Saturday at 8 pm, Eastern Time

The VIRTUAL PLAYHOUSE began on March 28, 2020, and has been simultaneously broadcast on New York's Pacifica Radio Station WBAI, 99.5 FM since April 11. Exploring the possibilities of ""remote"" ensemble, Metropolitan has pushed the envelope of Zoom broadcasts, with increasingly sophisticated virtual settings and sound design. Each reading is enhanced by conversation with the artists and a guest scholar for an hour-long live entertainment every Saturday night. Reaching an audience across the country and around the globe, the presentation of the forgotten one-act plays is an ideal way to pursue the theater's mission exploring America's diverse theatrical history.

METROPOLITAN PLAYHOUSE, in its 29th season, explores America’s diverse theatrical heritage through lost plays of the past and new plays of American historical and cultural moment. The theater received a 2011 OBIE Grant from The Village Voice for its ongoing productions that illuminate who we are by revealing where we have come from. Called ""invaluable"" by the Voice, Backstage and Talkin'ᾠBroadway, Metropolitan has earned further accolades from The New York Times and The New Yorker. Other awards include a Victorian Society of New York Outstanding Performing Arts Group, 3 Aggie Awards from Gay City News, 21 nominations for NYIT Awards (3 winners), and 6 AUDELCO Viv Award nominations.

The Playhouse's virtual readings serve to help us compensate performing artists, so particularly hurt during this long ""pause.""
Information about the theater's ARTISTS RELIEF FUND may be found at
Link http://www.metropolitanplayhouse.org

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