In the 1960s the town of Leominster, Massachusetts greeted visitors with a sign saying, “Welcome to the Plastic City.” Factories manufacturing all sorts of plastic items dotted the landscape. HRC Showcase Theatre‘s third staged reading, Matthew Kelly’s The Plastic City, takes place three decades later, when nearly all of the factories have been abandoned, and a mother sets out to prove that her daughter’s Asperger’s Syndrome is linked to her town’s manufacturing history. In doing so she tests the bonds of community and family.
Matthew Kelly studied playwriting at Brown University before earning his Ph.D. in the history of medicine from Columbia University. His plays have been developed at NYC’s Abingdon Theatre, Metropolitan Playhouse, Makor/Steinhardt Center, and Occupy Wall Street. The Plastic City has been named semi-finalist for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s Award for Excellence in Playwriting, and received workshopping at Ripley Grier Studios. Recently, The Plastic City was chosen for a reading at the Luna Stage in West Orange, New Jersey.
Led by Artistic Director Barbara Waldinger, a cast of professional actors will perform a staged reading of The Plastic City on Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the First Reformed Church, located at 52 Green Streetin Hudson, NY. The performance will be followed by a reception, featuring delicious snacks and beverages, and a discussion session with the playwright, actors, and director. A donation of $15 is suggested. For reservations, please call 518-851-2061.