Staged reading of Thornton's The Sweet Life

What: Armory Square playhouse will present a staged reading of "The Sweet Life", a new play written by Craig Thornton

Where: Jazz Central is located at 441 E. Washington St.

When: Sunday, April 25, at 1 p.m.

Admission: $7 regular; $5 for seniors and students.


The Lunes family chocolate business has fallen onto hard times and is near collapse because of antiquated business practices and the lack of modern technology. When big-city estranged daughter, Pauline Lunes returns with her slick fianc (c) to launch a plan to save the family business, old conflicts arise. A homecoming story that embraces quirkiness and rides a fine line between zaniness, satire and drama, "The Sweet Life" written by Armory Square Playhouse playwright Craig Thornton is homage to small towns, chocolate, family and Kaufman and Hart. It is a bittersweet comedy about the perils of big business and the struggle of necessary change, while staying to true to yourself.


Craig Thornton's plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, and upstate New York. They include, "Yoo-Hoo Sheila", "Happy Birthday, Tina Marie", "Life on the Lawn", "The Sweet Life" and most recently, "The Moment" (March 2010). His ten minute play "Man on Television" recently won first prize in the ACC playwriting contest. A previous Armory Square playhouse script in hand play, "What We Hold Onto", was selected as a finalist in the Eugene O'Neil Theater Conference. His latest play, "The High Cost of Heating" had a staged reading in Watertown. The "Sweet Life" had a previous staged reading for the American Playwright's Series in Rochester and his short play "The Moment" will be published in the Black River Review in May. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild and holds a MFA from Goddard College.

The play is a presentation of a work in progress and a talkback session with the playwright will follow the performance.

Jazz Central is located at 441 E. Washington St.


For more information, visit the Armory Square Playhouse website: http://www.cnyplaywrights.org/ or phone 478-3590.

A Program of the CNY Jazz Arts Foundation

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