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Savoring theater's masterful playwrights

Series_logoPalm Beach Dramaworks begins its season with a production of Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten Oct. 17-Nov. 30, and then moves on to another classic, Eugene Ionesco's The Chairs Dec. 19-Feb. 1.  But the award-winning West Palm Beach company isn't limiting its exploration of classic drama to those two productions.

The company's Master Playwright Series, which kicks off Oct. 27, will explore the work of O'Neill, Ionesco and Anton Chekhov through programs presenting scenes from each playwright's work plus a staged reading of a full-length play by each.

200pxoneilleugeneloc The series begins Oct. 27-28 and Nov. 3-4 with readings of scenes from various O'Neill plays.  A reading of O'Neill's 1922 play The Hairy Ape takes place Nov. 10-11 and Nov. 17-18.

Ionesco's work is highlighted in scene readings Dec. 29-30 and Jan. 5-6.  His first play, 1950's absurdist The Bald Soprano, will be read Jan.12-13 and Jan. 19-20.

Chekhov scene readings will take place May 11-12 and May 18-19.  The company will do a staged reading of his Uncle Vanya May 26, May 29 and June 1-2.

Nearly all readings take place at 7 p.m. at the theater, 322 Banyan Blvd., West Palm Beach.  Admission to each event is $15, but you can attend all three playwrights' scene presentations and full-length readings for $75.  For information, call Dramaworks at 561-514-4042 or visit the company's web site.