Bruce Graham’s “Stella and Lou” to have staged reading by Aglet Theatre Company in Sheffield

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STELLA AND LOU
By Bruce Graham
Saturday, April 2 – 7:00 p.m.
Dewey Memorial Hall, 91 Main St. (Route 7,) Sheffield, Massachusetts

Aglet Theatre Company’s first staged reading of the spring 2016 season is Stella and Lou, by Bruce Graham, a play about late-in-life loneliness. On a quiet night at Lou’s Bar, two kindred souls seek comfort as they steer through changing times. Lou is just about to close up his bar for the night when Stella, one of his favorite regulars, walks in. The two friends are sharing their usual relaxed banter, when Stella suddenly reveals an unexpected surprise and even more startling idea. As the two deal with the hard choices they now face, they reflect on their pasts and look ahead to the future. In Stella & Lou, playwright Graham examines “the human condition” with a kind heart and a gentle sense of humor.

The play features Jandi Hanna of Falls Village, Connecticut, and Greig Siedor of Sheffield, Massachusetts, both of whom have appeared throughout the tri-state area. Stella and Lou is directed by Aglet’s artistic director Macey Levin. A discussion follows the reading which will be led by Gloria Miller, an Aglet co-founder and associate artistic director.

Stella and Lou will be presented at Aglet’s home in Dewey Memorial Hall in Sheffield, Massachusetts. Doors open at 7:00 for complimentary beverages and refreshments. Tickets are $25.00; $20.00 for students under 18. For tickets call 860-435-6928 or write to aglettheatre@comcast.net.

About Playwright Bruce Graham

Graham began his career as a playwright at the Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays (PFT) in 1984 with Burkie. Graham became playwright-in-residence at PFT and later served two years as Artistic Director. He has received grants from the Pew Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and was a past winner of the Princess Grace Foundation Statuette. He won the Rosenthal Prize for Coyote On A Fence. He has won consecutive Barrymore Awards for Best New Play (Something Intangible and Any Given Monday) and Chicago’s Jefferson Award for The Outgoing Tide. He is the first American playwright to be invited two years in a row to the Galway Arts Festival, which produced The Outgoing Tide and Stella and Lou.

An ex-high school teacher, Graham still teaches playwriting and film courses at Drexel University. In the past he has taught graduate level playwriting at University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University and Rutgers. He has conducted playwriting workshops in high schools and colleges across the country.

Graham recently returned to acting and has appeared as the Black Cat Husband in Haunted Poe (Brat Productions), Lenny in Any Given Monday (Act II) and is currently playing Richard in Time Stands Still (Delaware Theatre Company/Act II).

Graham is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He teaches film and theatre courses at Drexel University and lives in South Philly and Elkton, Maryland, with his wife, Stephanie, and a beagle named Truman.

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