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Staged Reading - Benefactors

By Michael Frayn

A staged Reading

Directed by Matthew Surrence

Tuesday - August 7, 2012 8 p.m.


Benefactorsby Michael Frayn, directed by Matthew Surrence Tuesday August 7th at 8 p.m.  The award-winning BENEFACTORS(1984) was written by Frayn in the period immediately after NOISES OFF, and features the idealistic architect David and his wife Jane, and the cynical Colin and his wife Sheila.

David is consumed by his projects to improve the housing of the poor, likewise Jane with her anthropological dissection of David's work, Sheila's need for love which finds her interjecting herself into everyone else's life, and Colin's need to oppose it all, which paradoxically leads to his own beneficent acts.  Where does the urge to help come from?  Is beneficence a disease?  Can it be curedBENEFACTORS is directed by the actor, playwright and director Matthew Surrence, who recently brought a reading of Stoppard's The Real Thing to the Live Oak Stage.  Explore what can be done to help the helpers (self-help-help?) on Tuesday August 7th at 8 p.m.

$5-$10 sliding scale.  Cash or check only at the door.  Box office/will call opens 1/2 hour before start of show - Box office located inside the lobby.  Wheelchair accessible - use the north side lobby entrance.

Thank You

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley is delighted to acknowledge the Berkeley Civic Arts Program and Civic Arts Commission's support in the form of a grant of $5,200.00 awarded in 2016. This will enable us to continue to provide free or low cost opportunities for community members to participate in the life changing activities of theater arts.

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