STRATFORD, Conn. -- The SquareWrights Playwright Group will present ”Quickies in the Stacks: Quoth the Bard,” six original short one-act plays, on Saturday at the Stratford Library.
“Quickies in the Stacks: Quoth the Bard” features works inspired by a quote from William Shakespeare in honor of the Bard’s birthday and the 400th anniversary of his death on April 23, 1616.
The plays, all by Stratford playwrights, are: “A Wise Man” by Beatriz Allen, “To Thine Own Self Be True” by Steven Otfinoski, “The Vexed Ear” by Jack Rushen, “The Stuff That Dreams Are Made On” by Mark Lambeck, “An Honest Tale” by J. Sibley Law and "Nothing is Good or Bad, but Thinking Makes it So" by Orna Rawls.
Directors for the festival are Tom Rushen of Stratford, Robert Watts (Milford), Rachel Babcock (Branford) and Marlana Rugg (Hamden).
The actors performing in the plays include Stratford residents Nadine Willig, Dena Lagonigro, Andy Byrne and Julia Allen. Also featured are Andrea Garmun, Barry Hatrick, and Richard Warren, all of Milford; Larry Greeley and Sam Mink (Norwalk) and Fredda Takacs (Trumbull).
While inspired by Shakespeare, the plays cover a range of themes, including a family struggling with what to do about an aging grandfather, a playwright whose anticipation for support for his new work doesn’t match reality, two older women who meet in a doctor’s office and find common ground, an older couple with a failure to communicate, a writer whose eclectic collection of short stories becomes a surprise bestseller, and an unusual posse of thieves who pull off a heist.
“Quickies in the Stacks: Quoth the Bard” will begin at 2 p.m. in the library's Lovell Room. The presentation is free and open to the public. No reservations are required, but seating is limited. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.
For additional information, call the library at 203-385-4164.
The library is at 2203 Main St., Stratford.