Play reading is a popular pasttime among adults who enjoy the dramatic arts but not the hassle of sets, costumes and makeup.

Starting at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday (Oct. 25), members of the Arizona Senior Academy will read their versions of the scripts of four one-act plays. The plays, which have well stood the test of time, are:

Overtones, by Alice Gerstenberg, written in 1913. Harriet and Margaret, two fashionable cultured ladies, meet after not seeing each other for a long time. The two of them can hear the voices of, but cannot see their primitive selves, Hettie and Maggie, who comment on what’s really happening in the ladies’ lives.

Aria Da Capo, by Edna St. Vincent Millay, written in 1919. It is a highly stylized, but humorous anti-war play, containing a play within a play with characters drawn from Renaissance street theater as well as from Greek and Roman tragedies.

The Dear Departed, by Stanley Houghton, written in 1910. This comedy deals with two sisters trying to outfox each other to get what they want from their father’s estate.

A Sunny Morning, by Serafin and Joaquin Alvarez Quintero, translated from Spanish in 1914. In this comedy, two senior citizens, a man and a woman, meet by chance and talk about their romances of long ago.

Written by Marcia Neugebauer, Academy Village Volunteer

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Oct. 25: ASA Members Present 4 One-Act Play Readings