5:30 PM17:30

Cost of Living

Cost of Living by Martyna Majok the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama.

What is the road that brought us here? Unemployed truck driver Eddie sits at a bar alone, recalling his final moments with wife, Ani, when a car accident turned the focus of their relationship from divorcing to caregiving. Overworked, under-qualified, and nearly homeless, Jess takes on another job to make ends meet – this time, as a personal caregiver for a wealthy and beautiful graduate student named John, who has cerebral palsy. The histories, influences, and challenges of four lives converge in the meeting of two strangers in a small, empty apartment in Bayonne, NJ.

Meet us in the Black Box Theater at 5:30pm for a lively discussion of this thought-provoking play led by Dr. Karin Waidley. 

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Hogarth Shakespeare- Macbeth
5:00 PM17:00

Hogarth Shakespeare- Macbeth

July 1st 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Reading and Analysis of Jo Nesbo's retelling of Macbeth. 

Led by  Dr. Karin Waidley

Set in the 1970s in a run-down, rainy industrial town, Jo Nesbo’s Macbeth centers around a police force struggling to shed an incessant drug problem. Duncan, chief of police, is idealistic and visionary, a dream to the townspeople but a nightmare for criminals. The drug trade is ruled by two drug lords, one of whom—a master of manipulation named Hecate—has connections with the highest in power, and plans to use them to get his way.

Hecate’s plot hinges on steadily, insidiously manipulating Inspector Macbeth: the head of SWAT and a man already susceptible to violent and paranoid tendencies. What follows is an unputdownable story of love and guilt, political ambition, and greed for more, exploring the darkest corners of human nature, and the aspirations of the criminal mind.

* Purchase your copy of Jo Nesbo's Macbeth at Valley Bookstore at a discount when you mention you are reading with Off Square's ScripTease Play Reading Club! 

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Marjorie Prime
4:00 PM16:00

Marjorie Prime

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Join Off Square for a film screening and moderated discussion on Jordan Harrison's Pulitzer Prize Nominated Play: Marjorie Prime. 

Read the play, see the film, let's discuss! Please CLICK HERE to RSVP if you are interested! 

"Not since Spike Jonze's Her has humanity's uneasy embrace of seductive technology been given such soulful contemplation." - The Hollywood Reporter

Join Off Square Theatre for a screening of the award-winning film MARJORIE PRIME, directed by Michael Almereyda. The screening will be followed by a discussion on the themes of the film and play, including technology, aging, and what it means to move-on from loss. Talkback led by Nicole Madison Garrett. Attendees are invited to purchase a copy of the play and read in advance. 

In the near future, a time of artificial intelligence: 86-year-old Marjorie (veteran actress Lois Smith- TWISTER, TRUE BLOOD, DEAD MAN WALKING) – a jumble of disparate, fading memories – has a handsome new companion (Jon Hamm- MAD MEN, BABY DRIVER) who looks like her deceased husband and is programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? Also starring Academy Award®-winners Geena Davis (THELMA & LOUISE) and Tim Robbins (THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, MYSTIC RIVER), MARJORIE PRIME is based on Jordan Harrison’s Pulitzer-Nominated play, exploring memory and identity, love and loss.

Marjorie Prime is presented as part of Off Square 2nd Act - Theatre for Lifelong Learners - and supported by the Center of Wonder.

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