Aaron play explores youth, old age

Aug 08, 2012
The Cushing Readers

Cushing — The Cushing Readers will present “Doctor Banner’s Garden,” a warm and intelligent full-length play by Hugh Aaron, Sunday, Aug. 19 at 3 p.m. in the Cushing Historical Society’s barn at 17 Hathorn Point Road. The audience is invited to participate in a discussion with the cast and playwright. Admission is free; donations to the Cushing Historical Society are appreciated.

This year’s Readers are Marian Swan, Trish Weisbrot, Rick Klepfer, Eric Anderson and Anne Engelhart, with Liga Jahnke narrating and Howie Weisbrot handling the music.

Aaron’s play, set in 1947, is about youth and old age and about the need to feel useful in order to thrive. Pete, a student at the University of Chicago, restores the neglected garden of two elderly research scientists. He and his college friends encourage the women to reveal their illustrious pasts and, in a final burst of energy, re-enter a world of music, politics and science before their inevitable end.

Subsequent readings of the play will be held Sunday, Aug. 26 at 3 p.m. at David Scriven Crowley Gallery, 409 Main St., Rockland; and Saturday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. at Damariscotta’s downtown Skidompha Library. For more information, call 354-0735.

Courier Publications' A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.


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