Holiday-themed one act plays, stories set

Kick off the most wonderful time of the year with a festive night of ‘Seasons Readings’ — holiday-themed productions set for Dec. 5 and 12, presented by Jib Productions on stages in Greenwich and Westport.

Comprised of whimsical, humorous and sentimental one-act plays and stories, read by professional entertainers, Seasons Readings will launch Dec. 5 at the Greenwich Arts Council. Performances at each location take place 7:30 to 9 p.m.

The audience is invited to join cast members for eggnog and dessert at the conclusion of each program. Actors who will appear in Seasons Readings include Broadway veteran Susan Terry, Brian J. Carter and Katie Sparer.

Jib Artistic Director Carole Schweid has selected plays that will amuse and stir those in attendance. Included will be The Land of the Sweets, written by Frederick Stroppel.

“Frederick Stroppel is one of our favorite playwrights and this show features one his most humorous and outlandish characters,” Ms. Schweid said. “Audiences will be treated to a very funny play about Madame Irina, who intimidates her young charges into a production of The Nutcracker.”

Also on the roster is Whistling Dick’s Christmas Stocking, a short story by O. Henry.

“The audience will get to meet one of the author’s most endearing characters, a hobo from New Orleans, who is living life as free as a bird,” said Ms. Schweid.

“Whistling Dick is a cross between Charles Dickens and Damon Runyon. This story is perfect for a Christmas read. It shows how one, small act of kindness can lead to much greater things.”

Rather Late for Christmas by Mary Ellen Chase and a holiday musings by Pulitzer Prize-winner Anna Quindlan, will also be performed.

“Seasons Readings has humor and heart,” said producer Nancy Diamond. “The selected plays and stories will make you laugh, think and elicit empathy. It’s an entertaining and edgy addition to the mix of traditional holiday fare.”

Tickets for Seasons Readings are $30 per person.

For information, visit Playwithyourfood.org or call the box office at 203-293-8831 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. or email [email protected]

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