The Dayton Playhouse announces a fundraising event of something very unique. Autumn Sweet was a play selected as a finalist in the first year of the Dayton Playhouse’ annual new play festival, FutureFest. While it did not appear in the festival that year, it was a play that was always a favorite of festival founder, John Riley. When he later got the opportunity to produce the play, written by Frank Catalano, for First Stage Productions, Riley decided to do extensive filming of the play and edit it for the screen. Riley has completed the editing of this moving drama and is allowing the Dayton Playhouse to host a screening of the film as a fundraiser. The story follows a small family with an alcoholic father, codependent mother, teenage daughter with artistic dreams and younger son with disabilities.
The screening will be at the Dayton Playhouse, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave, Dayton, OH 45414, on Saturday, August 4, at 7:00 p.m. There will be a suggested $10 donation to be paid at the door. Reservations are not necessary.
Riley and other actors in the play will be on hand after the screening to discuss the play and how it was developed into the film format. Refreshments and networking will follow the screening. Actors in the play include John Riley, Dodie Lockwood, Ame Clase, Jim Harworth and Micah Stock. The original play was directed by Greg Smith and the screen version was produced by John & Marty Riley.
According to Dayton Playhouse board chairman, Brian Sharp, “This is a great opportunity for us to raise funds and for our audience members to view a new play in a completely different format. We’re delighted that John has offered us this unique opportunity.”
For additional information contact the Dayton Playhouse box office at 937-424-8477.
(submitted by Dayton Playhouse)