Staged reading this Friday at Augustana

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL
Staff Writer

The Hyde Park Community Players will be hosting their twelfth-ever monthly staged reading this Friday, marking nearly a year since the series began last October.

Laura MacGregor, producer of the Players’ First Fridays Staged Reading Series, and University of Chicago undergraduate student Kyllie Nolla will rehearse selections from Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies’ 1996 play “Collected Stories,” at 8 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 5, at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave. The play stars two writers, teacher Ruth and her student Lisa, a blooming talent.

“I really wanted to do an all-women cast, to sort of see how that dynamic worked,” said MacGregor.

Like previous readings, there will be treats and rehearsals will be followed by a discussion relating to the play. This month, the Players will also host a goodbye party for outgoing Augustana pastor Stephanie Jaeger, who let the group host their readings at the church and performed in one herself.

Tickets to attend Friday’s reading are $5. For more information or to buy tickets, visit hydeparkcommunityplayers.org.

Editor’s note: The Hyde Park Community Players will also host two upcoming events next week. On Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 5:30-9:30 p.m., at Quaker House, 5615 S. Woodlawn Ave., the Players will hold auditions for a production of Tom Soppard’s “Arcadia.” On Sunday, Sept. 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. also at Quaker House, the Players will host an organizational meeting for its 5th Annual “Evening of Horror and Suspense.” The meeting is open to anyone who would like to contribute to the production.