LAVA Center to host Third Tuesday Greenfield Word
The Third Tuesday Greenfield Word, a literary series organized by Paul Richmond and Human Error Publishing, will be held at The LAVA Center, 324 Main St., on Aug. 15. Doors open at 7 p.m., open mic starts at 7:30 and featured authors start at 8:30.
LAVA Center launches new play reading series
The LAVA Center at 324 Main St. has launched an “Off the Shelf” play reading series that will continue on Saturdays at 1 p.m. through Sept. 2.
The plays encompass a range of international, professional plays from the 1960s through the 1990s, and will be read by local actors. There is a $5 to $10 suggested donation for each performance to help The LAVA Center cover royalty and production costs.
The series began on Saturday, Aug. 12, with a reading of “The Memorandum” by Václav Havel. The remaining schedule is as follows:
■Saturday, Aug. 19, 1 p.m. — “True West” by Sam Shepard. “True West,” a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1983, is about the sibling rivalry between two estranged brothers who have reconnected. It is also an exploration of how we live and succeed (or don’t) in a demanding, dehumanizing society.
■Saturday, Aug. 26, 1 p.m. — “Spinning into Butter” by Rebecca Gilman. “Spinning into Butter” is Gilman’s best-known play, and was named one of the best plays of 1999 by Time. A searing, comic expose of political correctness at a small Vermont college, the play provokes conversations about racism in America.
■Saturday, Sept. 2, 1 p.m. — “Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!” by Dario Fo. A slapstick comedy that delivers laughs and serious commentary on the wealth gap, this 1974 play features housewives who are caught up in the action when women of their city protesting high grocery prices take what they want from the store shelves. In their efforts to hide their transgressions, they convince their husbands that the groceries being hidden under their clothes are pregnancies.
Aug. 20: Children’s book launch
Author Patricia Williams and illustrator Tom Swetland will host a launch of their new children’s book, “Fur & Feathers Together: A Tale of Highland Woods,” at The LAVA Center, 324 Main St., on Sunday, Aug. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Williams, an herbalist and retired union representative, will read. Swetland, the retired owner and operator of Federal Street Books, will display original illustrations. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. Light refreshments will be served.