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Readers’ Theatre Celebrates Lucille Fletcher
March 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lucille Fletcher was a beloved Oxford resident and an American screenwriter of film, radio and television. Her credits include “The Hitch-Hiker,” an original radio play written for Orson Welles and adapted for a notable episode of “The Twilight Zone” television series.
Lucille’s greatest success, “Sorry, Wrong Number,” premiered on May 25, 1943, as an episode of the radio series “Suspense.” It was broadcast nationwide seven times between 1943 and 1948. Barbara Stanwyck starred in the 1948 film version of “Sorry, Wrong Number” and, in 1952, performed the original radio play over the airwaves. A 1959 version produced for the CBS radio series “Suspense” received a 1960 Edgar Award for Best Radio Drama. Two operas were based on the play, which Orson Welles called “the greatest single radio script ever written.”
The Community Center partnered with Tred Avon Players to present the two radio scripts of “The Hitch-Hiker” and “Sorry Wrong Number” in a “readers’ theatre” format, which means “a dramatic presentation of a written work in a script form. Readers read from a “script” and reading parts are divided among the readers. No memorization, costumes, blocking, or special lighting is needed.” The actors bring the words to life straight from the page. Ed Langrell is directing.
For the dinner, The Robert Morris Inn is partnering to create a memorable menu based on best seasonal ingredients and Master Chef Mark Salter’s favorite creations. Dinner is only offered on the Saturday evening performance, March 28 at 7 p.m. The Readers’ Theatre Dinner, featuring Master Chef Mark Salter’s menu, will be offered for $60 with cash bar. On Sunday, March 29, the Readers’ Theatre performance will start at 2 p.m. with a cash bar, but not a meal, for $10. It is always a special event when three organizations partner to deliver a unique experience. What a gift Lucille Fletcher was for the community at large to celebrate.
The movie “Sorry Wrong Number” will be played a week earlier on Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m. as part of Oxford Community Center’s “Thursday Nights at the OCC” programming. The film is shown for free. A community dinner is offered at 6 p.m. on March 19 for $10 but RSVP is required for the dinner portion as the center can only accommodate 30 people for the community dinners.
For tickets and more information, visit oxfordcc.org or contact the Oxford Community Center at 410-226-5904 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up for OCC’s weekly e-newsletter for additional announcements and updates or like OCC’s Facebook page at Oxford Community Center, Inc. The OCC is always open online at www.oxfordcc.org.
The Robert Morris Inn was built as River View House in 1710 and an Inn since 1800, it is the oldest full-service Inn in America. Four of the 310 year-old rooms were indeed slept in by Founding Father Robert Morris, George Washington and many other dignitaries of the day and since. Notice the red brick fireplaces around which heated discussion on the arguments for independence from Britain took place and negotiations for sugar cane, tobacco and French wine were worked out. Wood paneling, red brick fireplaces and oak timbers are all as they were 310 years ago, hand built by ships’ carpenters from locally acquired materials and the red bricks from England, used as ships’ ballast. One cannot get any more historic than this. Enjoy the Eastern Shore’s most unique historic restaurant with rooms under Master Chef Mark Salter and Innkeeper Ian Fleming. Visit robertmorrisinn.com.
The Tred Avon Players, Inc. (TAP) is a non-profit Maryland corporation, organized in 1982 to present plays and musicals at the Oxford Community Center. Since the first sold-out melodramas in August of that year, TAP has grown in community stature and artistic merit to present a mix of plays and musicals each year in one of the most beautiful towns on the Eastern Shore for a growing, enthusiastic audience. For more information visit tredavonplayers.org.
The Oxford Community Center Building (OCC) has served as a community resource for over 80 years, first as a grammar school and then a high school and, for the last quarter century, as a cultural activities center and meeting place. OCC provides to residents and visitors alike a year-round schedule of social, cultural, and recreational programs and events. It is indeed a Mid Shore treasure enriching lives since 1928. Programs are funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council.