FYT ‘Off the Press’ series to include staged reading of play

FLINT — Flint Youth Theatre’s staged reading of The Quality of Life will be performed July 31 at 6 p.m. Written by Jane Anderson, The Quality of Life follows two couples as they confront loss and survival in the face of explosive circumstance.

This play is a special event staged reading in FYT’s 2010-2011 Off the Press Series and will be performed at Flint Youth Theatre, 1220 East Kearsley St. The $5 admission includes the staged reading, a talk-back with the performers and refreshments.

Tickets are available at FYT by calling 810- 237-1530 or at the door beginning one hour before the performance. More information is available at FlintYouthTheatre.org.

In The Quality of Life, a religious Midwestern couple, Bill and Dinah, still reeling from the loss of their only daughter, visit free-spirited cousin Jeannette and her husband, Neil, who is facing cancer, in their Northern California home. This unforgettable, brave new play explores hot-button issues of life and death with compassion, honesty and humor. The San Francisco Examiner review reads, “Tremendous! It entertains, amuses, compels, makes the audience think, feel, laugh, weep. That is theater.” San Jose Mercury News adds, “Radiant! One of the most emotionally acute productions of the fall season.”

“How do we respond when our strongly held beliefs are confronted by real-life situations? This play takes two couples from wildly opposed backgrounds, throws in some personal tragedy and mixes it with an attempt at rekindling family connections to make them ask each other a lot of tough questions about the choices they make in their lives. Through them the playwright is urging us to, as she says, ‘recognize that in the face of opposing ideals, there is always the possibility of finding a common human connection’,” commented FYT Associate Artistic Director, Walter Hill, who is also the programming director for the Off the Press Series.

The Off the Press Series includes some of the latest plays from Broadway, Off-Broadway and the American Regional Theatre. Readings in the series are recommended for adults and older teens. — G.G.

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