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4-3-21: THE GIRL on the Metropolitan Virtual Playhouse
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A play from the Me First Generation

THE GIRL
by Edward Peple

1912 comedy turns a womanizer's weapons on himself

April 3, 2021 at 8 pm

Obie Award winner Metropolitan Playhouse presents a new free "screened" reading, with its groundbreaking, signature visual wizardry, live-streamed at no charge, with talkback to follow: THE GIRL, Edward Peple.

4/3/2021 at 8:00 pm (Eastern) through 4/7/2021 at 10:00 pm (Eastern)
Running Time: 1 hour
Free of charge
Available at: www.MetropolitanPlayhouse.org/watchgirl

The video will be available through Wednesday,4/7/21 on the Playhouse webpage, the Metropolitan Playhouse YouTube channel, and the Metropolitan Playhouse Facebook page.

Frederick Cawley has wealth, power, and hubris, which should be enough to win him his "girl." But a rival for her affections stands in his way, and he has to work a little. He tries plan A, then plan B, but he doesn't expect there could be a plan C. Her plan.

Discussion including audience participation follows the reading.

Directed by MICHAEL HARDART, the cast features TIMOTHY C. GOODWIN, LUKE HOFMAIER, and PERRI YANIV. Graphics by VINCENT GUNN.

EDWARD PEPLE (1869-1924) was a popular comedy writer of the turn of the century, whose training as a lawyer informed his" transactional" humor, in which competitive heroes cleverly jockey to best one another. Peple is best known for The Prince Chap, The Little Rebel, and 1914'2 A Pair of Sixes--which had a long run on Broadway, later on tour, and successful stagings in London and Melbourne, before it became the musical Queen High and the film by that same name, starring Charles Ruggles, Frank Morgan and Ginger Rogers. THE GIRL, from 1912, is a short, finished comedy of duplicity and comeuppance, one echoed closely in Anthony Shaffer's 1970 murder comedy, Sleuth.


UPCOMING
Metropolitan presents readings every Saturday at 8 pm, Eastern Time, and varied programing every other Wednesday evening as part of The Wednesday Alternative

March 31, 2021
METTROPOLITAN IN METER
Poetry from the past and present, read by contemporary poets.

April 10, 2021
THE CHIPWOMAN'S FORTUNE
by Willis Richardson

April 17 and 24, 2021 - a Serial
BERTHA, THE SEWING MACHINE GIRL
by Charles Foster
High melodrama on the little screen

The VIRTUAL PLAYHOUSE began on March 28, 2020, and has evolved in the year to be a video/stage hybrid that far exceeds the expectations of online readings. 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.

ARTISTS' RELIEF
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
www.metropolitanplayhouse.org/covidaid
Link http://www.MetropolitanPlayhouse.org/watchgirl
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