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Seasons Readings Presents: Holiday-Themed Theater Productions

“Seasons Readings,” offering theater with a holiday theme, will be at the Westport Woman’s Club on Thursday, December 13th. The audience is invited to join cast members for eggnog and dessert at the conclusion of each program. “Seasons Readings’ promises to provide short-story readings and one-act plays that have both humor and heart,” states Carole Schweid, JIB artistic director. “Each performance will include whimsical, humorous and sentimental stories, read by professional entertainers.” In “Verna” by Paul Gallico, audiences will be treated to a story about a kindhearted — if not particularly talented — USO girl and member of a performing troupe in World War II Belgium, winning the hearts of American soldiers. Carolyn Marble (of Ridgefield) will play the title role. Carolyn Marble also will join Tom Zingarelli (New Haven) in “Santa comes to the King David” by George Cameron Grant. In this comedic tale, a distraught woman saves what she thinks is a bridge leaper in a Santa suit, discovering instead a story of unfulfilled dreams, unconditional devotion, a Kris Kringle who makes annual visits to a Jewish nursing home, and the crazy possibility that two broken hearts can indeed make one whole. Broadway veteran and Westport resident Susan Terry will read “A Christmas Memory,” written by Truman Capote. First published in 1956, this autobiographical recollection of the author’s rural Alabama boyhood has become a modern-day classic. “Rounding out the evening will be “A Celebrity’s Guide to Celebrating the Birth of Jesus” by Tina Fey and Garrison Keillor’s short story, “The Season of Letter-Perfect Families.” “With ‘Seasons Readings,’ we’ll offer audiences provocative material – just as we do with ‘Play With Your Food’ — but holiday-related and in the evening,” explains Nancy Diamond, JIB producer. “These productions will make you laugh, think and elicit empathy. It’s an entertaining and edgy addition to the mix of traditional holiday fare.”

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Ryan Odinak