The Summer Stage series in Key West starts with a reading, then a play

June 27, 2014 

TheatreXP, the producer of the Key West Summer Stage in Key West, kicks off its summer season June 30 with a reading of a new original play, "The Signature of Fear," by Key West playwright and TheatreXP founder Bob Bowersox. "Signature of Fear," Bowersox said, "takes a look at why we hold onto things in our lives, often much longer than we should sometimes, and what happens when we finally decide to let them go." The show (no admission cost) is set for 8 p.m. June 30 at the Red Barn Theatre, 310 Duval St. Doors open at 7:30. The play, while dealing with a weighty subject, is not without its share of humor. It centers on a world-renowned but ailing British poet living in America who, when offered one last honor -- a big one -- decides he can't accept it, that it's time he step away from the spotlight. His wife, however, who engineered his career all their lives and who has become accustomed to sharing the light of her husband's fame, refuses to go along with his desire to bow out and return to Britain to live out his last days. Add to that a daughter conflicted about her own marriage to an alcoholic painter, and the poet's brother, an everyman philosopher bartender who carries a dog-eared copy of Scottish poet Robert Burns' poetry at all times. It features the talents of Vanessa McCaffrey, Tony Konrath, Melody Moore, Tom Murtha, Joan O'Dowd and Geno Drum. Following the reading, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning " 'Night, Mother" by Marsha Norman opens on July 1 and runs through July 6. The play stars Connie Hurst and Susannah Wells, and is directed by Rebecca Tomlinson. " 'Night, Mother" tells the story of a young woman and her mother who spend a desperate evening unraveling their sometimes tense, sometimes tender relationship after the daughter makes a stunning and unthinkable announcement. Tickets are $30 to $35. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Call 296-9911 for more information or go to www.keywestsummerstage.com, www.theatrexp.org or www.redbarntheatre.com for info and tickets

BOB BOWERSOX

TheatreXP, the producer of the Key West Summer Stage in Key West, kicks off its summer season June 30 with a reading of a new original play, "The Signature of Fear," by Key West playwright and TheatreXP founder Bob Bowersox.

"Signature of Fear," Bowersox said, "takes a look at why we hold onto things in our lives, often much longer than we should sometimes, and what happens when we finally decide to let them go."

The show (no admission cost) is set for 8 p.m. June 30 at the Red Barn Theatre, 310 Duval St. Doors open at 7:30.

The play, while dealing with a weighty subject, is not without its share of humor. It centers on a world-renowned but ailing British poet living in America who, when offered one last honor -- a big one -- decides he can't accept it, that it's time he step away from the spotlight.

His wife, however, who engineered his career all their lives and who has become accustomed to sharing the light of her husband's fame, refuses to go along with his desire to bow out and return to Britain to live out his last days.

Add to that a daughter conflicted about her own marriage to an alcoholic painter, and the poet's brother, an everyman philosopher bartender who carries a dog-eared copy of Scottish poet Robert Burns' poetry at all times.

It features the talents of Vanessa McCaffrey, Tony Konrath, Melody Moore, Tom Murtha, Joan O'Dowd and Geno Drum.

Following the reading, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning " 'Night, Mother" by Marsha Norman opens on July 1 and runs through July 6. The play stars Connie Hurst and Susannah Wells, and is directed by Rebecca Tomlinson.

" 'Night, Mother" tells the story of a young woman and her mother who spend a desperate evening unraveling their sometimes tense, sometimes tender relationship after the daughter makes a stunning and unthinkable announcement.

Tickets are $30 to $35. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Call 296-9911 for more information or go to www.keywestsummerstage.com, www.theatrexp.org or www.redbarntheatre.com for info and tickets.

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