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Playmate Playwrights gear up for “Love Is Strange” readings

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Playmate Playwrights, a small group of playwrights from Bucks and Hunterdon counties, will stage readings of six one-act plays at Hopewell Theater, 5 S. Greenwood Ave., Hopewell, N.J., at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2.

The theme, “Love Is Strange,” gave the five playwrights lots of room for interpretation.

“Thirty-Something & Single” by Susan Sandor presents love reignited and sweet, paternal love. There is true but stormy love between a quarrelsome couple in “No Clue” by Joanne Eisenberg, and fear of losing love in “Love Baker” by Meghan Malloy.

“Sallie’s Baby” by Susan Sandor reads like forbidden love, while “The Stalker” by Jennifer Nelson is definitely a torturous kind of love for both people involved. Jonathan Chiccino’s “Nesting” depicts motherly love for a dependent, grown child.

The play readings are being directed by Joey Perillo, veteran character actor and acting instructor. Tech coordinator at Hopewell Theater is in charge of music, sound and lighting.

One-act plays are a highly dramatic form. The playwrights have to begin and end their work with meaningfulness in short order to keep them compact. Some of the plays being read are utterly silly while others are powerfully emotional.

Tickets priced at $15 to $17 may be purchased at hopewelltheater.com, at the box office, or at 609-466-1964. Running time is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.


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