Staged Readings at the Sandwich Public Library
Newest Plays in the Oldest Town
Thursday, November 17th, 6-8pm
Sandwich Public Library, 142 Main Street, Sandwich
Admission is free. Courtesy reservation requested.
The Sandwich Arts Alliance is taking on the role of a theater incubator for writers who might have to wait a long time to be produced in the traditional local theaters. The opportunity for live staged readings allows playwrights to get early feedback as they refine and rewrite their works. The series begins November 17th.
These two new one act plays explore both the comic and poignant struggles of dutiful daughters as they try to do the right thing with their parents’ ashes. Burying a parent is one of life’s most difficult moments but what happens if you can’t decide what to do with the remains or, worse yet, if you can’t find them?
And Then He Was Gone by Karen McGarr Goershel takes a touching look at the tender relationship between a mother and son as they visit a tiny Scottish village to say a final good-bye to “Granda.”
In Lost and Found by Betsy Mangan, the close relationship of two sisters is put to the test as their plans to rebury their mother in a Nantucket cemetery somehow go comically awry.
Playwright, Betsy Mangan, is a native New Yorker who retired to Mashpee with her husband and two dogs in 2012. After a 23-year career as a writer in the financial services industry, Betsy switched gears and partnered with her husband to open Woofs ‘n Whiskers, a boarding kennel for cats and dogs in Brooklyn NY in 1995. The humorous and harrowing ups and downs of owning a small business in NYC are chronicled in her book, Dogs, Demons and Me.
She recently collaborated on a play with Karen McGarr Goershel, A Leg Up, a comedy about a group of women on the Cape struggling to come to terms with their lives and their bodies. The play had three very successful readings in 2013-2014.
Betsy is also working on Susan in Paris, a memoir play based on 100 letters that her older sister wrote home to her family in Brooklyn in 1963.
Playwright, Karen McGarr Goershel, can be found online at www.karenmcgarr.com where you can read daily diary entries from 1989, the year she joined British Airways in London as Worldwide Cabin Crew. The diary also has a dedicated Facebook page, under Karen McGarr.
Raised in Scotland and England, Karen moved to Cape Cod in 1993. She initially worked in Boston for British Airways, before becoming a Realtor on the Cape, a career that spanned two decades.
Karen is presently transcribing more of her diaries as well as editing her memoir, Loving Lizzie. Her latest play, Magpie, is about a group of people who come together, unexpectedly, on New Year’s Eve.
Director, Carol McManus
Actress, Karen Santos has been involved in theatre on and off stage in various roles. She was last seen performing in the Cape Cod Dance Expo and annual ukulele festival, both at Cotuit Center for the Arts. Karen teaches theatre workshops, which includes improvisation, creative theatre games, character development, and just plain fun! In the performing arts, she enjoys acting, dancing, singing, and playing musical instruments. In addition to theatre and education, Karen has a background in international non-profit management, development, and marketing. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Theatre Education from Emerson College.
Actress, Karen Mcpherson
Actress, Cathy Ode
Actor, Jack Burgess
Why Plays are being staged together
Karen and Betsy met in 2012 and worked together on their first play, A Leg Up, about a group of women in a Pilates class. That play had several very successful readings encouraging them to continue their playwriting as well as forming the basis of a great friendship.
As most women do, they shared a lot about their lives with one another and discovered that they each had a unique story about an experience that many adult children have - namely how to deal with a parent’s ashes.
Over tea one day, they decided their individual stories would make a perfect pair of companion plays – one a comedy, one a drama. After sharing the plays with family and friends, they soonrealized that they had hit upon a universal theme that many people can relate to.