SHEFFIELD — Aglet Theatre Company will present a staged reading of "The Good Bet," a new play by Bob Clyman, at 7 p.m. Saturday at Dewey Memorial Hall, Route 7.

The program begins with a reception, followed by the reading and then a post-reading discussion.

The play is being directed by Aglet artistic associate Thomas Gruenewald and features in the cast Aglet veterans Diedre Bollinger, Andrew Joffe, Bruce T. Paddock and Christopher-Michael Vecchia.

"The Good Bet" deals with the ways in which the beliefs and the relationships of four people — a university professor in moral philosophy with a bedrock belief that human beings are fundamentally good; his wife; his friend since childhood, an investigator in the intellectual fraud unit of the Commerce Department who views human beings as fundamentally selfish; and a young research scientist who has patented a drug to treat a rare but lethal disease.

Clyman's plays have been produced Off-Broadway and at various regional theaters, among them the Alley Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, San Jose Repertory Theatre, George Street Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre and L.A. Theatre Works. His play "Secret Order" was initially commissioned and produced by The Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York and subsequently produced at 59E59 Theatre, where it was nominated for an Outer Circle Critics Award for the best script in 2008. It has since been produced at many regional theaters.

Clymer has been awarded a number of national prizes, including a Eugene O'Neill Summer Conference Fellowship and an Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship.


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