Library Friends To Host Staged Play Reading

CRANFORD—The Friends of the Cranford Public Library will host a script-in-hand, staged reading of “1 Rhineman Road,” a new play by Shane Mullery, on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue. The play will be read by members of the Theater Project, a professional theater company, which, until recently, was located at Union County College’s Cranford campus.

“1 Rhinemann Road” is about a man who accepts a temporary position on a vast country estate in hopes of realizing closure on personal turbulence. His bizarre meeting with the eccentric care-taker, coupled with his growing isolation in a large, dark and strange house, makes him wonder if “peace and quiet” is really worth the terrifying solitude, and, worse, whether or not he is losing his mind. And why are his Mastiff wards named “Cain” and “Abel”?

Author Shane Mullery has studied at HB Studio, the Ensemble Studio, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey (PTNJ), and the McCarter Theatre. He has twice been a finalist in the Turnip One-Act Festival in New York City, and has had three one-act plays performed at HB Studio, along with two others in the “Jersey Voices” series at the Chatham Playhouse. His work has been performed at the Dorset Summer Theater in Vermont, Twelve Miles West, Ocean County College, and PTNJ. Two of his one-act plays, “Lucinda’s Color” and “#4 Three Gables Run,” were read at the Theater Project’s Saturday afternoon reading series last fall.

The reading of “1 Rhineman Road” will be followed by a discussion among the playwright, the director, the actors, and members of the audience. Admission is free and all are welcome.

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