Third Avenue Playhouse will kick off its fifth annual Winter Play Reading Festival on Jan. 31, 7:30 pm, with Marjorie Prime, the funny and emotional sci-fi hit written by Jordan Harrison – a writer for the popular Netflix show Orange Is the New Black.
The festival will continue Feb. 1, 7:30 pm, with a reading of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; and Feb. 2, 2 pm, with a reading of Heroes.
In Marjorie Prime – a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize – Senior Serenity is a company that manufactures “primes”: holographic “people” who serve as companions for those who have lost a family member. Their artificial intelligence is loaded with memories specific to the customer who buys it.
As the play begins, Marjorie is 85 and still saucy. Her husband, Walter, has been dead for 10 years, but now she has Walter Prime, a replica of her husband when he was a handsome, young man. Marjorie’s daughter, Tess, and son-in-law, Jon, have shared certain details of Marjorie’s life with Walter Prime, but for Tess, who is skeptical of her mother’s new relationship, some things are too uncomfortable to reveal.
Dee Hopper, Alan Kopischke, Claire Morkin and Alex Sabin will perform TAP’s reading, directed by Robert Boles, and produced in collaboration with Door County Reads. Admission is pay-what-you-can.