5-15-21 HER OPINION OF HIS STORY on the Metropolitan Virtual Playhouse
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 01:10 pm EDT 05/11/21

by William Dean Howells

May 15, 2021 at 8 pm

Obie Award winner Metropolitan Playhouse presents a new free "screened" reading, live-streamed at no charge, and a talkback to follow: HER OPINION OF HIS STORY, by William Dean Howells.

5/15/2021 at 8:00 pm (Eastern) through 5/19/2021 at 10:00 pm (Eastern)
Running Time: 1 hour
Free of charge
Available at: www.MetropolitanPlayhouse.org/watchheropinion

The video will be available through Wednesday, 5/19/21 on the Playhouse webpage, the Metropolitan Playhouse YouTube channel, and the Metropolitan Playhouse Facebook page.

Paul Holyford would like to make love to the much admired Lettice Temple, but overcome by his own shyness, presents a short story instead of himself, for her approbation. Hoping she will read between the lines, and under the exasperated eye of her chaperoning aunt, he wheedles, explains, and urges her judgment in every way but a direct one. The course of true love never did run less smooth.
A satire of social contortions in the inimitably urbane and pithy Howells style, Her Opinion of His Story is filled with mockery and celebration of young love, literary convention, and play acting all at once. A perfect Springtime sketch for a world newly discovering how to approach one another in person.

Discussion including audience participation follows the reading with Brenda Murphy, PhD
Professor Emeritus at University of Connecticut

The reading is directed by John Long, the reading features Whitney Andrews, Wendy Merritt, and Benjamin Russell. Virtual Settings by Martha O'Connell.

WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS (1837 - 1920), was a novelist, critic, poet, and playwright, known as The Dean of American Letters. Born in Ohio, his early career included a clerkship in the state House of Representatives before he turned to journalism. After writing the campaign biography LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN (1860), he was given a consulship in Venice, and on his return to America, he settled in Cambridge, MA, and began his ascent to literary prominence. Writing for Harpers and the Atlantic, he became editor of the latter in 1871. His dramas tended to the farcical, or self-proclaimedly melodramatic. But he established himself as a literary critic, as well, and was a proponent of "Realism" in literature, championing the works of such up and coming figures as Stephen Crane, Frank Norris, Abraham Cahan, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Paul Laurence Dunbar. In 1904, he was one of the seven first inductees to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, of which he later became president.

Photo: Whitney Andrews and Benjamin Russell

Metropolitan presents readings every Saturday at 8 pm, Eastern Time, and varied programing alternate Wednesday evenings as part of The Wednesday Alternative.

Saturday, May 22, 2021
Plays by Peter Sagal, Host of NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
A Benefit for Metropolitan Playhouse

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.

The Virtual Playhouse is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

The Virtual Playhouse is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York state Legislature.

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' Broadway, 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/watchheropinion

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