Andy’s Summer Playhouse

Wednesday, July 06, 2016 7:55PM

Big things are happening with Andy’s Summer Playhouse on July 15. That is when the young actors at Andy’s, affectionately called “Andy’s Kids,” will be performing a staged reading of a theatrical adaptation by Jess Barbagallo of the award-winning book, “George” by Alex Gino. The event will begin with a dance performance by Orange Grove Dance and end with a talkback with Barbagallo, Gino, Director Brooke O’Harra, and the cast of Andy’s kids. There will be a cash bar as well as hors d’oeuvres.

This staged reading is part of a new initiative at Andy’s called The Greenhouse. The Greenhouse is a metaphysical extension of the playhouse, where an invited artist or group of artists hold residency for as little or as long as possible to create a new script.

This initiative encourages experimentation, scene readings, workshops of movement ideas, and open work sessions with Andy’s kids so they may be exposed to the process of brainstorming and developing ideas for the stage. The Greenhouse culminates into a public reading of a full script.


George, best for audiences of all ages, will be performed on July 15 at 7pm in the Yellow Barn adjacent Andy’s. General Admission tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for children aged 12 and under, and may be purchased online at www.andyssummerplayhouse.org, at the Andy’s Summer Playhouse box office, or via phone at (603)654-2613.

Alex Gino will also be doing a reading of “George” at Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough, NH on Saturday at 11 a.m. This reading is in collaboration with Andy’s Summer Playhouse and will be followed by a signing.

“I’m excited to begin development on “George,” the story of a trans girl named Melissa who longs to play the lead in her school’s production of “Charlotte’s Web.” It’s a real challenge to consider how to lift something already-so-wonderful like this to the stage,” says playwright Jess Barbagallo. “I’m grateful for the novel’s tight scaffolding and I think the trick is animating the protagonist’s inner life in a playful, dynamic and engaging way. I don’t normally write in what I would call a fantastical idiom, but I want to employ that strategy here, making the life of the mind as dramatic and persuasive as the physical one that traditionally motivates dramatic action. Using pop culture and memories from my own childhood, I hope to animate objects and characters through the power of Melissa’s imagination to rethink the way the world might look if gender were a more affirmative and less restrictive apparatus.”

Andy’s Summer Playhouse is a youth theater located in southern New Hampshire.