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A Park Bench, Sand and Indigestion'

Armory Square Playhouse will present script in hand readings of three new plays by members of the organization's Playwrights Unit under the collective title A Park Bench, Sand and Indigestion. The readings will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 29 at Redhouse, 201 South West St. The plays are The Plaque, by Peter Moller; Castles in the Sand, by Amy Doherty and Heartburn, by Donna Stuccio. A talkback discussion with the authors will follow each presentation.

The Plaque, by Peter Moller deals hilariously with the fact that we all want to be remembered via some lasting marker that we once lived. So why shouldn't Nelson Donald be able to buy a simple plaque on a park bench to make himself immortal? Well, the clerk at the County Parks and Recreation Office has a different plan in mind.

In Amy Doherty's Castles in the Sand, there are surprising consequences when two women make a genuinely unique sand design on the beach.

Donna Stuccio's Heartburn was done at the 48-Hour Play Writing Marathon at Ithaca's Kitchen Theatre in February. As they sort through their mother's belongings, three adult siblings also sort through conflicting perceptions of their connections to each other--sometimes in ways that are comic, at others, in ways that are dramatic and poignant. This one act play will be done as a full production with the original Kitchen Theatre cast.

All three writers are members of the Armory Square Playhouse Playwrights Unit. Moller is a professor of television and film at SU's Newhouse School and recently directed Rounding Third at Redhouse.

An actress as well as a writer and a graduate of NYC's Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater, Doherty recently appeared reading The Flood in the Vagina Monologues at Vera House.

Stuccio is currently a student in the MFA creative writing program at Goddard College; Her Blue Moon and The Job premiered at Salt City Playhouse.

Admission to the readings is $5 regular; $4 for seniors and students. As with all ASP readings, the playwrights will participate in a talkback discussion with the audience.

For more information, visit syracuseplaywrights.org; or phone 445-4028.

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