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Randolph Professor Takes Play to Washington, D.C.

Tom Stephen's Paddy's Pot selected to be read at the Kennedy Center Labor Day Weekend

8/29/2007 9:37:21 AM


LYNCHBURG — Randolph’s own Tom Stephens will hit D.C. Labor Day weekend with Paddy’s Pot.

The play, produced at the College last December, was selected to be read at the Kennedy Center as part of its “Page to Stage” celebration. The reading is sponsored by the Playwrights Forum, a group of professionals from the Washington, D.C. area.

“Having Paddy’s Pot included in the Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage celebration –which features presentations from dozens of theatre groups from the nation’s capital – is quite a treat,” said Stephens, the William E. Thoresen and Catherine Ehrman Thoresen ’23 professor of speech and theatre. “There’s nothing like sharing a comedy, and Paddy’s Pot has a barrelful of belly laughs waiting for our audience.”

Paddy’s Pot is a story about three women and how the strength of family and the power of faith and tradition guide them in a world where, like the card game they play, the rules don’t seem to make sense. Grandmother, mother, and daughter navigate the path between what’s right and what’s needed, and find out a little more about each other along the way.

The reading will take place Saturday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Terrace Gallery of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Admission is free.

This is the second of Stephens’ plays given D.C. attention in a month. Sing Me Eddy, staged first at the College, was presented the first two weeks in August by Cedar Lane Stage as part of its summer festival of one-act plays.

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