Summer Play reading at Carriage House

Stamford — The Roxbury Arts Group’s Summer Play Reading Series will present “Fruit Bat Safari Camp” and “What Comes Around” on alternating nights; August 19 and 20 and August 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. at The Carriage House, 76 MAIN!, 76 Main Street in Stamford.

What do fruit bats, family lies, wine, audiences and summer nights have in common? Well, probably nothing… directly, but when you come to RAG’s summer play readings of “Fruit Bat Safari Camp” by John-Richard Thompson and “What Comes Around” by Philip Potak, we promise you two exceptional evenings with great casts, two playwrights who have won our hearts and funny bones, and yes - a few good lies and hyenas too. Four informal wine tasting events will take place as audiences arrive all hosted by Albert Verdesca.

Two new plays, each directed by the other playwright, and audience responses that will help to decide if they get a full production. “We love this concept of two established playwrights directing each other’s play and then through Q & A, offer the audience a chance to see how a play comes together with everyone’s input” says RAG’s Program Director Maggie Cullen.

“Fruit Bat Safari Camp” by John-Richard Thompson and directed by Philip Potak.
Estelle Van der Phloog, Park Avenue matron and Society Goddess, believes an African Safari can’t be all bad…an elegant tented camp, fashionable safari-wear, an animal or two, nothing too strenuous. This changes immediately when she and her husband Chippy end up in Fruit Bat Safari Camp, a nightmare of a resort featuring eccentric Brits, a hostile German, and no end of renegade hyenas. A wild comedy from the wilds of Africa.

“What Comes Around” by Philip Potak and directed by John-Richard Thompson.
Play opens in the home of the Secrest Family on the day of a party that never happens. Lies, secrets and omissions are the components of this typical family’s mosaic. Let’s not overlook mentioning the drinking and libidinous deceit! Come to think of it, all seven sins jigsaw their way into this multi-generational portrait.

John-Richard Thompson is the author of The Christmas Mink: December Tales from the North Woods, published by Osiail Publishing in 2009. He is also co-author of three nonfiction books on learning disabilities with Anne Ford, great-granddaughter of Henry Ford: Laughing Allegra, On Their Own and, most recently, A Special Mother (Newmarket Press).

Philip Potak, a member of Dramatists Guild, has had productions at a number of theaters in New York, including The Producers Club, Circle Repertory Company, Polaris Theater North, H.O.M.E. For Contemporary Theater & Arts, and the Samuel French Annual One-Act Play Festivals. He has been the recipient of many grants from the NYS Council on the Arts to write and direct, including its inaugural Individual Artist Grant.

Albert Verdesca is an actor, writer, radio show host and wine consultant.
Tickets are $10 per show or $15 for both shows. Call 607 326-7908 for reservations.