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Playwrights’ Bridge presents eight plays

JEAN BRENNER



Back row are John McDonnell, Tim Mogford, Rick Goodwin and Luigi Jannuzzi; middle row are Tony Tomaine and Chris Canaan; and seated are Laura Napier and Jonathan Chiccino.

Once again, The Playwrights’ Bridge will present a delightful program, “Shorts by the Bridge,” a grab-bag of eight one-act plays on a variety of topics, often thought-provoking, humorous, and unusual.

The plays are not recommended for children under 14.

This event will happen from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Acme Screening Room, 25 S. Union St., Lambertville, N.J. Seating is limited. Reserve seats at Playwrights’ Bridge Facebook page: facebook.com/playwrightsbridge/. There is no admission fee.

Everyone is invited to attend this reading of short plays written by inspired playwrights and performed by talented actors.

First on the agenda is a play by Chris Canaan, a professional playwright from New Hope by way of Hollywood who is performing in his own amusing play, “Christmas with Mom,” acting with amazing Gerry Martin of New Jersey, playing his mother.

The second play, “Over The Cliff,” written by Jonathan Chiccino of Richboro, is a poignant piece of two brothers, one of whom wants to join the army. The other wants to stop him.

Third on the program is the play, “Fake News Breakup” by Tim Mogford, a secondary school theater instructor who drives from Reading to Doylestown to participate with the Playwrights Bridge.

He grew up in England and studied at the universities of York and Nottingham before earning his Masters in Education in Pennsylvania. Not only is he a talented playwright, he is a fine, creative actor who can speak with numerous accents.

“The Island of Misfit Toys,” a very creative play by Tony Tomaine, of Manchester, N.J., is next. Tomaine has written a play which, if you are over 50 years old, will really tickle your funny bone as you recall childhood memories of Ken and Barbie, Raggedy Ann, GI Joe, etc.

Once, he was an executive in the pharmaceutical, aerospace and government space business.

His first play, “Vaudeville Reunion,” was a finalist in the NJ/NY New Musicals Playwrights Festival.

After a brief intermission, L.D. (Laura) Napier of Buckingham presents her play, “In the Shadow of Beale Street,” a tribute to James Baldwin.

She writes in various forms, including screenplays, essays, novels and plays, and has taught filmmaking at various universities, playwriting to inner-city students, and now teaches a film class at the Solebury School. In 2004, Napier taught writing for a semester at Soledad, the maximum-security prison in California.

John McDonnell of Doylestown is the co-leader of the Playwrights’ Bridge. His play for this performance is “The Punishment Card.” McDonnell has had a career as a writer/editor in the fields of advertising, marketing, health care, publishing, Web content, and journalism. He has self-published 24 ebooks of short fiction and is a playwright.

The next play of the evening, “Waiting for Bono,” is by Rick Goodwin of Buckingham, who holds degrees in both Theater and The Oral Interpretation of Literature from Northwestern University. Before beginning a current career in publishing, he was an actor, director and producer off- and off-off Broadway.

Luigi Jannuzzi of Hillsborough, N.J., a former teacher, is now a published playwright with Samuel French.

He spends many hours every day, writing and re-writing plays, most of which are very humorous. His play on Sunday is “Wise Guys,” a really funny and a bit irreverent take on the three wise men.

In addition to the playwrights, who often double as actors, the following people are reading: Bill Brenner, Jean Brenner, Aimee Goldstein, Josiah Hutchings, Harry Kazman, Gerry Martin, Thomas Phillips, Jennifer Stewart, Fran Young and Steve Young.

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