Peninsula Players Theatre presents a reading of A Fine Bright Day Today, a new play by Philip Goulding, April 2, 7 pm at Björklunden in Baileys Harbor.
A Fine Bright Day Today, a warm and gently funny play about love, loss and second chances, is the final play reading of the series The Play’s the Thing. Admission is free, general seating available.
Margaret lost her trawlerman husband 30 years ago and has become increasingly set in her ways, dependent on obsessive rituals and superstition. Milton is a bear-like American artist who visits her quiet English seaside town to paint its breathtaking coastline
When Rebecca, Margaret’s daughter, moves in with her boyfriend, she invites Milton to lodge with her mother during his stay. There’s something about the genial, weather-beaten interloper that intrigues Margaret, despite the fact he drips all over her carpet. Over several weeks of shared meals, stories and bottles of cheap wine, an unexpected bond slowly draws them together.
“It’s one of those instances when I sit down with a play that comes across my desk and, not only do I finish reading it in one sitting, but am so moved when I’m done that I immediately feel that I want to share this story with our audience,” Vinkler said. “It spoke to me and I think it will speak to many who come hear it. Love at any time is good, but especially sweet when it comes late in life.”
Vinkler will perform and direct the reading. His co-performers include Penny Slusher as Margaret and Amy Ensign as Rebecca. Slusher and Vinkler performed in the reading and stage production of audience favorite Chapatti and Ensign recently performed in Peninsula Players’ stage production of Almost, Maine.
The Peninsula Players 2018 five-show season runs June 12 through Oct. 14. Learn more at peninsulaplayers.com.