Play Reading Series
January 29, 2023, at 2:00pm
Join us for the first reading of a new play
by E. Kyle Minor.
Admission is free, donations are welcomed.
Registration is required.
Please join us for a reception after the reading
and a discussion with the playwright.
Hiraeth, (“here-eyeth” - roll the “r”) a Welsh word describing deep longing for one's home, finds Tommy chatting with Sara over coffee in her kitchen in Silvermine, Connecticut. The house is also where Tommy grew up and has not visited in over 30 years. Sara, who with her husband and two young children now own the house, peppers Tommy with questions about the property’s curiosities while updating him with the neighborhood today.
Tommy’s visit unwittingly churns up unresolved terrors that draw him helplessly to his past. Too ill-equipped to manage his battle between then and now, Tommy’s trauma proves too all-consuming for Tommy to reverse his journey to the past.
Hiraeth is a play about loss.
E. Kyle Minor (Playwright/Tommy) first appeared on the Wilton Playshop stage in the summer of 1980 in the student production of “Promises, Promises.” He subsequently would perform and direct a handful of productions later in that decade.
Beyond Wilton Playshop, Kyle has performed regionally and in New York, as have several of his plays, including The Search (Theatre For a New City); School For Waiters (adapted from George S. Kaufman’s essay) at Theatre Ten-Ten; Werner and Lillian (Northern Westchester Performing Arts Center); Fashionably Late and The Bear (adapted from Chekhov) at D’ART in Danbury); The Magic of Crime (co-written with Tom Anastasi) has performed in several theaters in New Hampshire.
As a freelance cultural critic, Kyle’s reviews and features have regularly run in The New York Times, New Haven Register and several other publications. Kyle earned his MFA in Playwriting from Brandeis University and is a member of The Dramatists Guild and Actors Equity Association.
Jennifer Sokira (Sara) was most recently seen as Emily in Lies My Mother Told Me in the Warner Theater's International Playwright Festival. Favorite credits include Rebecca in It Shoulda Been You(Goshen Players), Miss Barley in Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Warner Stage Company) and Mme Dindon/Mme Renaud in La Cage Aux Folles (Two Planks Theater Company). Since returning to the stage in 2015 after a long hiatus, Jen has acted in plays and musicals as well as several staged readings of new works. She is honored to participate in this reading of Hiraeth!
Aaron Kaplan (Quentin, Eddie and Jack) returns to the Wilton Playshop stage after almost twenty years. He was last seen here a lifetime ago in 2003’s An Evening of David Ives. This will be Aaron’s third collaboration with author Kyle Minor; under Kyle’s direction he previously played Bobby in American Buffalo, and originated the character of Marcus Atcherly in The Search (another of Kyle’s seminal works). He’s also performed in Brookfield, New Milford, Newtown, Ridgefield, Westport, Sherman, and Monroe, as well as a few staged readings down in NYC. Favorite credits include Ricky Roma in Glengarry Glen Ross, Dennis in Mauritius, Jeff in Lobby Hero, Picasso in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Kerner in Hapgood, Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors, and 17 different characters in the role of Man in A Perfect Ganesh. Thanks to Christine for being my muse, and thank you for supporting local theater – enjoy the show!
Dandy Barrett (Stage Directions/Caitlin, Terry) began her theatre career at The Wilton Playshop as one of the girls in Sweet Charity nearly 40 years ago and went on to appear in such productions as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Company, Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, and Steel Magnolias. She also has appeared at New Canaan’s Powerhouse Theater, The Westport Community Theater, and Bridgeport’s (now closed) Polka Dot Theater. Recent area appearances also include Quartet and Deathtrap at TheatreWorks in New Milford. She was appearing at The Brookfield Theatre in Moon Over Buffalo when the pandemic lockdown occurred. Three years ago she returned to Connecticut after a 20-year absence, most recently from Savannah where she helped form The Collective Face Theatre Ensemble. With TCFTE Dandy appeared as Violet Weston in August: Osage County, Dr. Vivian Bearing in Wit, Berthe in Boeing Boeing, Aurora/Spider Woman in Kiss of the Spider Woman, and Violet Venable in Suddenly Last Summer, among others. She also served as TCFTE’s Managing Director. Being back at The Playshop feels like coming home.