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‘Chasing Manet’ reading planned at Strauss Theater

By Staff | Feb 12, 2019

A reading of “Chasing Manet,” by Tina Howe, will be performed on Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the BIG ARTS Strauss Theater, at 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

An American playwright, Howe’s career spans over four decades, and her best known works include “Painting Churches,” “Museum,” “The Art of Dining,” “Coastal Disturbances” and “Pride’s Crossing.”

In “Chasing Manet,” zestful and irascible painter Catherine Sargent is legally blind and rarely leaves her room at the Mount Airy Nursing Home. She plots to escape to Paris to view the original Manet painting, “Le dejunier sur L’herbe,” a print she has over her bed. Catherine’s only hope is to enlist the aid of her senile roommate, Rennie Waltzer, who converses with her deceased husband. At first she is upset about being stuck with the sweet-natured Rennie, who is barely cognizant of her surroundings. But as they scheme together to escape, they bond over their shared need to reclaim independence.

The following local artists will perform in the reading:

– Leslie Anding (Catherine Sargent) danced with the New York City Ballet and has worked with several theatre groups

– Jana Stone (Rennie Waltzer) has an extensive arts background, having performed in plays and musicals and worked as a director in Cleveland and Florida

– Harriet Edwards (Rita) has performed in high school, college and community theatre productions

– Ken Moriarity (Royal Sargent) studied with the Los Angeles Theatre of Arts, and acted in industrial films and marketing-sales training films

– Debby Flint (Charlie) performed in college and community theatre productions

– Robert Runck (director) has directed and performed in readings for the Community Players, acted with the American Repertory Theater and directed plays in Florida, Massachusetts and New Hampshire

Tickets are $12 each.

Advance tickets can be purchased at 239-395-0900 or www.BIGARTS.org.

Tickets may also be purchased at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m.