Cotuit Center for the Arts begins its new series, Scripted Sundays, with a staged dramatic reading of Jerry Mayer’s comedy, “2 Across,” on Sunday, January 5, at 7:30 PM, on the Main Stage. Admission is free.
“2 Across” will be presented by Victoria Smith and Frank Hughes, Jr., and is directed by Robert Bock.
The 80-minute play has been described by critics as “hilarious,” “witty,” “romantic,” “poignant,” and “wonderfully entertaining.”
Two strangers, a man and a woman, board a San Francisco BART train at 4:30 AM. They’re alone in the car, each is married, and both are doing the New York Times crossword. She’s an organized, sensible psychologist. He’s a free-spirited, unemployed ad exec. She is a crossword pro, he always quits.
When he tosses his puzzle away, she snaps, “Crosswords are a metaphor for life, those who finish, succeed; those who don’t, fail.” Now he vows to finish. Why? He’s a competitor and she happens to be lovely.
Two opposites in an enclosed space, attacking each other’s values, but also being swayed and intrigued by them. They each have serious life problems that the other helps solve. Their trip is filled with unpredictable, but believable, surprises, even a passionate kissing embrace or two. As the train ride ends, it’s obvious each of them has been changed for the better.
Scripted Sundays, formerly Second Wednesday Theater, is a monthly play-reading series of rarely performed classics, undiscovered gems, old chestnuts, and exciting new works. Admission is free, and refreshments are available.
This year’s theme for Scripted Sundays is “2020: A Year of Vision – Views of our Past, Present, and Future.” Curating the series are Garrett Olson and Jess Wilson of WatermelonAlligator Theatre Company.
Olson is an actor, director, screenwriter, musician and songwriter, working in theatre, music videos, voiceovers, television commercials, and independent films. Wilson is an executive consultant and leadership coach with 20 years of experience in the healthcare and nonprofit spaces, and more than 25 years of experience as an actor, tech, designer, producer, playwright, and director.
Olson and Wilson invite anyone interested in participating in the series to submit a proposal for consideration. Submissions that incorporate diverse points of view or marginalized voices are encouraged.
Cotuit Center for the Arts is at 4404 Route 28 in Cotuit. For more information, visit www.artsonthecape.org or call 508-428-0669.
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Scripted Sundays presents “2 Across”
Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Route 28, Cotuit
Sunday, January 5, 7:30 PM