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Regional group to share 2 one-act plays on Zoom

Hamilton-Gibson Productions is presenting performances of a staged reading of two one-act plays at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The performances are free.

“Whitman v. the United States: Case 36 (on Zoom)” by James Still and “Do Not Go, My Love” by Enid Graham each run about 15 minutes.

According to a news release, this is the fourth in HG’s free series of eight 30-minute staged readings of short plays via Zoom.

Part fever dream and part digital trial, “Whitman” is about a writer battling some very particular demons while the world shelters in place due to the pandemic.

In “Whitman” are HG veteran actors, Karin Knaus of Westfield as the writer and Nikki York of Mainesburg as the judge. Knaus has been in numerous HG shows. She was the lead in “Mamma Mia” and performed in “Quilters,” “The Music Man” and most recently “The View From Here.” York had the title role in HG’s “Miss Holmes”, was in “James and The Giant Peach,” “The Crucible” and numerous HG Women’s Project productions.

Graham was asked to write a play for a project called “Alone, Together.”

“I was able to reconnect with my own creative life,” she said.

” ‘Do Not Go, My Love’ is about humans connecting in hard times and the hopeful dream of a better future when we can all be together again,” said Graham, according to the news release.

HG’s Sarah Duterte plays a woman who has been desperately trying to get in touch with a real human being on a financial help website. She finally talks to a young man played by Tim Wilbourn who has heard the woes of those frustrated with online processes that don’t go smoothly. In the course of the call, they make a connection. Duterte and Wilbourn are both from Wellsboro.

Duterte was Watson in HG’s “Miss Holmes,” and last summer was in “Almost, Maine.” She has also performed in many radio plays. Tim Wilbourn was seen in last year’s courtroom spoof “A Pound of Flesh.”

Go to the Zoom website at https://zoom.us, click on “joint meeting” and for the Saturday performance enter the access code 839 2536 6867 and the passcode 902173. For the Sunday performance, enter the access code 873 9936 8164 and the passcode 420146.

Audience members will find the Zoom information on the HG website at https://www.hamiltongibson.org or Facebook page or can contact the HG office at 570-724-2079 or hamgib@gmail.com.

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