Fall production of Reader’s Theatre at Foundry Sunday | TheUnion.com

Fall production of Reader’s Theatre at Foundry Sunday

From left: Carolyn Winter, Bruce Kelly, Gaylie Bell-Stewart, Dru Mathies, Renee Sprattling, Not Pictured David Irons and Tim O’Connor. All will read at Sunday's Readers Theater production, a benefit for Miners Foundry Cultural Center.
Submitted by E. Pierce Stewart |

This Sunday, great works of literature come alive when read by acclaimed local orators at Reader’s Theatre at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center. Legendary character actor Tim O’Connor reprises his role as director for the fall production of Reader’s Theatre, which features the works of authors E.B. White, Katherine Anne Porter, Harold Brodkey, Grace Stone Coates and Slawomir Mrozek, as read by local actors David Irons, Drue Mathies, Renee Sprattling, Bruce Kelly, Gaylie Bell-Stewart and Carolyn Winters.

O’Connor originally brought the medium to the foundry, and for more than a decade, this unique theatre-style reading of prose and screen plays, has moved and inspired audiences. Reader’s Theatre has been called many things, including “Theatre of the Mind” and “Interpreters Theatre.” For the audience, the Reader’s Theatre experience is one of involvement. The audience participates with its imagination to provide the sets, costumes and props. Skilled voice actors cause the audience to experience literature as they do.

“Storytelling opens the listener’s mind,” said O’Connor. “People often come to Reader’s Theatre not knowing what to expect, then they find themselves riveted, enraptured by the stories and moved to an “ah ha” moment. We usually see them back again.”

O’Connor is best known for his prolific work in television, including his roles as Dr. Elias Heuer in “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century,” Jack Boland in “General Hospital,” and Elliot Carson in “Peyton Place,” and for more than 10 years he has hand-selected the material for the fall and spring productions of Reader’s Theatre.

Reader’s Theatre is a fundraiser for the Miners Foundry Cultural Center. The Miners Foundry Cultural Center’s mission is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities in Nevada County.

Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 and available online, by phone or in person at Miners Foundry, at BriarPatch Co-op or at the door.

For information, go to http://minersfoundry.org.

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