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The 2021 Valley Players                                                                                                              Staged Reading: Saturday, March 5 @ 7:30 pm
Playwright Award Winner:                                                                                                          Free to the public  ($5 suggested donation)

Dance Again by Tucker Atwood                                             Directed by Susan Loynd and Doug Bergstein 

The story takes place in the living room of an old house on the border of a warzone between two nations. Though it’s set in a fictional world, it is one that could very well be real. Place and time are intentionally non-specific, but it feels like the early to mid-1900’s. Soldiers from opposing sides arrive at the house seeking refuge from a bitter storm and ongoing battle. The hosts do their best to remain neutral and keep the strangers from learning the true identities of their fellow house guests.

(Please note: the script contains expletives)

Masks required for audience members


Billy - Brent Adams

Helen- Marci Robinson

Jack - Stephanie Seng

John - Cynthia Seckler

Louie - Ashley Hall

Simon - Doug Bergstein

Dennis - Aric Brown

Lucy - Shannon Sanborn

Radio announcer - Mikki Nucci

James/Lee - Doug Bergstein

Stage Directions - Susan Loynd

About the Playwright

Tucker Atwood grew up in a small town called Embden, Maine, and is currently based in the coastal town of Belfast, Maine. He is relatively new to playwriting but has spent the last 10 years or so falling in love with theater via acting. He has performed in over 40 productions with five different theater companies in Maine, and in 2019 performed "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged]" with the Middlebury Community Players in nearby Middlebury, Vermont. That was his second most interesting feat in 2019; earlier that year, he thru-hiked the entire Appalachian Trail with his brother, successfully walking 2200 miles through the woods in a little under 4 months, surviving primarily on peanut butter and ramen noodles. A year later, he wrote a memoir of his thru-hike titled "No Parents No Horses No Bedtime." He has also written poetry, more plays, a critical analysis of the education system, and two other books: "Lights Up.," a theater memoir, and "Also, I'm an Ant," a novel about an ant who discovers a way to communicate with humans. His plans for 2021 include acting in three shows this summer at Lakewood Theater in Madison, Maine -- including portraying the title role in the satirical British comedy "Bullshot Crummond" -- and riding his bicycle from Maine to Florida this fall along the East Coast Greenway. He is also a math teacher and tutor sometimes, when he needs the money. He would like to thank his family for being his friends and his friends for being his family.

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