8.00 pm, Saturday Jan 27th, 2024

The inaugural session of the THE COLD LEMONADE READING SERIES, our writers’ workshop hosted by Morgana Kate Watson, will feature the work of five talented local authors. There’ll be 10 minute pieces read by a cast of actors, with discussion to follow.

So, let’s find out who’s who

DEAN ALEXANDER has been a part of the Sherman Playhouse family since 2014. In 2023, he was privileged to see a play he wrote himself, “Personality Conflicts”, produced on the Playhouse stage.

REBECCA BRUCKENSTEIN is a creative Brooklyn native now living in White Plains, NY. She loves to write, perform, design, and direct. By day she works at the University of Bridgeport as an Academic Advisor and by night she creates.

SUSIE HACKEL is a retired reading specialist, working for 24 years in New Milford Public Schools. She has performed extensively in this area and has also recorded several children’s audiobooks, among a wide variety of other projects. susiehackelvoiceovers.com

MELVIN PERRY toiled for many years in the bowels of the Financial Industry. When freedom came, he turned to samizdat fiction – The Exquisite Corpse Boogies, The Impurgated Austin, Aesop’s Fables for the 21st Century, and My Guyana(a photo essay) available on amazon. He’s been writing plays for several years at workshops — Axial Theater Company (Pleasantville) and TW Playwrights(New Milford) and has had several produced.

TERRY SAGEDY is a marketing exec and lifelong theatre aficionado both on stage and off. For the past ten years his focus has been on directing at local houses and he also serves as the artistic director of the Newtown Arts Festival.

And about your host
MORGANA KATE WATSON is a professional writer and performer from Brewster, NY. Her written and performed work has been seen all over New York and Connecticut, including at the Sherman Playhouse. www.morganakatewatson.com


So, what’s the reading series all about? 

Writers and actors are invited to join us at our inaugural session on Saturday January 27th at the Sherman Playhouse.  Here’s what will happen:

The works of up to 5 local writers, selected in advance by host Morgana Kate Watson, will have 10-minute extracts read by a team of actors.  There’ll then be an opportunity for discussion of the pieces with the authors.

Actors – if you want to flex your thespian muscles just turn up at 7pm on the night.  Morgana will have scripts and will cast the lineup for each reading from who is present – just make sure she knows you are there.  Simple as that!  And while casting can’t be guaranteed for this session (roles aren’t unlimited, after all), don’t worry there will be more sessions for you to strut your stuff. In the meantime, sit back, relax, and enjoy a great night of theater!


The readings will commence at 8 pm.

If you’d just like to come along to enjoy the readings and support your local writers and actors, we’d love to see you there.

What does it cost?

There’s no fixed amount for attending, though we encourage you to make a small donation at the door to help cover costs.  We’ll have our usual range of concessions available too.


For more info see our Facebook event, or email Morgana at lemonade@shermanplayers.org

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