The Guild Hall Players, an award-winning community theatre group in Wichita, is presenting a partially
staged reading of the new script THREE ROADS TO BEYOND by Kansas native playwright, Joyce Markley,
at 2 and 7 pm on Sunday, November 1.
The play focuses on the Hammerschmidts, a farm family in southcentral Kansas, in the early 1950s. They are a family of seven who face the challenges of a rapidly changing world.
Mr. and Mrs. Hammerschmidt are loving parents of three sons and two daughters, all of whom are experiencing their individual growing pains. Buddy has just returned from Korea and is engaged to be married to an Australian girl he brought home. Frank is learning how hard it is to grow from being a carefree boy to become a responsible young man. John is trying to cope with the consequences of an accident that will change his future. Ann is becoming a young woman and facing the unknowns of
possible romance. Margie is the littlest and beginning to experience the larger world around her.
The reading will feature fourteen experienced actors from the Wichita theatre community who have played leading and featured roles in a wide range of plays and musicals. The production is being directed by Dr. Phil Speary, artistic director of the Guild Hall Players and a dean at Butler Community College.
Partially staged readings of new scripts involve actors in costume doing dramatic readings of the script with minimal furniture and props. The practice is increasingly popular in the region as a means of giving actors, playwrights and audiences more exposure to promising new plays.
Joyce Markley is a playwright who has written extensively. Productions of several of her scripts have been presented at community and high school theatres in the region. THREE ROADS TO BEYOND is the third of a trilogy. The other two plays, THE SUPPER TABLE and DOVETAIL, have been successfully produced in Kansas.
THREE ROADS TO BEYOND will be presented at the Guild Hall at St. James Episcopal Church 3750 E.
Douglas in Wichita Nov. 1 at 2 and 7 pm. There is no admission charge but donations will be accepted.
The playwright will be present at both readings. For reservations, call 316-683-5686.