The second play of Third Avenue Playhouse’s fifth annual Winter Play Reading Festival will be Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, on Feb. 1, 7:30 pm. Mark Moede and Mary White, directed by Robert Boles, will be the play readers. Admission is pay-what-you-can.
In a Manhattan walk-up apartment, waitress Frankie and Johnny – the new cook in the diner where she works – have just had their first encounter, after having met several weeks ago on the job. Frankie would like Johnny to leave, but he has other plans.
As the night wanes into morning, their connection deepens as they enjoy food and friendship and discover coincidental similarities that seem uncanny. Questions are raised; doubts are grappled with that start to make their future together seem viable and heartfelt; and they find kindness and camaraderie that’s new to them.
Through Frankie and Johnny’s tentative romantic beginnings are complicated, hope is sweet, and the audience is urged to celebrate human connections and have faith in our common bonds.
Don’t miss the other two play readings in the festival: Marjorie Prime on Jan. 31, 7:30 pm; and Heroes on Feb. 2, 2 pm.