PITTSFIELD -- Town Players of Pittsfield is offering two different programs of play readings this week and weekend, beginning with a free "Third Thursday" event 5:30 and 7 p.m. Thursday at the Whitney Center for the Arts, 42 Wendell Ave.
This program for Pittsfield’s first "Third Thursday" of 2014 is a free staged reading of "The Battle of Bull Run Always Makes Me Cry" by Carole Real and directed by Deirdre Sullivan.
"The Battle of Bull Run Always Makes Me Cry" is a 10-minute comic drama about three women getting together at a cafe to have gal-pal updates from one of the friends about her date with a handsome Civil War buff.
Then at 2 p.m. Sunday, also at The Whit, Town Players will present two short staged readings both directed by Melanie Rivers.
In the first reading, "A Long Trip" by Dan McGeehan, an elderly man tries to connect with his wife one last time before he completely loses her to dementia.
Included in the cast are John Sutton, Karel Fisher, Mae Rodgers and Roger Hanley.
The second reading, ""In Place" by Corinne Jacker, is about divorce, Las Vegas-style. The divorced Daisy and Jerry, a divorced would-be blackjack dealer, counsel Louise, whose divorce from her overbearing psychiatrist husband is about to be finalized. C.J. Morgan, Denise Roller and Louise Frankenberg are in the cast.
Admission is $5.