Edge Readings and Staged Readings

                   And, as part of our EDGE CAFE AND PLAY, we have offered summer staged readings of:


Four Great American Comedies (2014): Harvey by Mary Chase - directed by Dan Patterson, Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring - directed by Kim Dupuis, Seven Year Itch by George Axelrod - directed by Damien Licata, and Once in a Lifetime by Kaufman and Hart - directed by Catherine Behrens.


Four Great American Plays (2015): The Glass Managerie by Tennessee Williams - directed by Catherine Behrens, Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee - directed by Carrie Kidd, All My Sons by Arthur Miller - directed by Kim Dupuis, and The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman - directed by Dan Patterson.


Four Original Plays (2014): Auld Lang Syne by Walter Lowe - directed by Kim Dupuis, Hope Against Hope by Cynthia Austin - directed by Kim Dupuis, American Civ by Stacia Tolman - directed by Kim Dupuis, and The Vastness Within by Dan Patterson - directed by Kim Dupuis.

In Collaboration with the Keene Public Library we have offered stage readings of:

William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope

Kill Shakespeare by Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col.

Readings of Edgar Allen Poe's Short Stories and Poems

Fahrenheit 451

'It was a pleasure to burn ...'

A marathon Readers Theatre of Fahrenheit 451

What's a "marathon read"? Designed to promote a full appreciation of great works of literature and an antidote to the distraction-muddled era of texting, tweeting and Facetiming, a marathon read - also known as a "long read" - is a full, oral presentation of a literary work, from start to finish. The Edge worked with students and teachers from area high schools and middle schools, community members, and its own ensemble performers to present a Readers Theatre production of Ray Bradbury's 1953 novel, Fahrenheit 451. The themes Bradbury explored and the format of a marathon read coincide with the Edge's goal to promote poet Wendell Berry's maxim: "Live a three-dimensional life. Communicate slowly. Avoid screens."

The Edge Ensemble presented its first marathon Readers Theatre, of Ray Bradbury's dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, on May 11, 2013. Ensemble members worked with teachers and students from four area schools -Keene Middle School, Fall Mountain Regional High School, Monadnock Waldorf High School, and Surry Village Charter School - to develop a readers theatre production of the entire novel in one sitting.

Permission for this reading of FAHRENHEIT 451 was granted by Don Congdon Associates, Inc. Copyright 1953, renewed 1981 by Ray Bradbury.