Local playwrights enchant audiences with theater’s Reader series | Clubs & Organizations

Local playwright Mitch Eil, who wrote ‘Paradise and Mr. Prince’, with his wife Kathy.

Arts Center Theater (ACT) is a new venture for the Marco Island Center for the Arts as they have added performing arts to their existing visual arts exhibits. The schedule of performances provides for a great season for all theater lovers.

ACT kicked off with performances for its Readers series which are dramatic readings featuring works by local playwrights. “Paradise and Mr. Prince” was written by Marco resident Mitch Eil. Kristyn Estes’ lighthearted adult comedy “The Swingset” played to a packed house with readers Charlie Blum as Jake, Kristyn Estes as Abby and Gregg Birr as narrator.

ACT has planned a great season and is now offering season tickets for the 2022-23 season for sale. The inaugural season will feature six plays.

October 26 to November 13: “Apartment 3A”, written by famous theater and film actor Jeff Daniels.

November 30 to December 18: “The Fantasticks”, the hit 1960 Broadway musical.

January 4 to January 22, 2023: “The Odd Couple” by Neil Simon.

February 8 to February 26, 2023: Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite”.

March 15 to April 2, 2023: “Hollywood Arms”, by Carol Burnett and Carrie Hamilton.

April 19 to May 7, 2023: “The Foreigner”, a 1984 comedy by Larry Shue.

ACT is located at Marco Town Center Mall (formerly the home of the Marco Players), 1089 North Collier Boulevard, Marco Island.

For more information on the ACT schedule, including auditions, please visit marcoislandart.org.

3. The Swingset distributes leftist members Gregg Birr, Charlie Blum and Kristyn Estes.tif

“The Swingset” distributes the members from left to right: Gregg Birr, Charlie Blum and Kristyn Estes

4. The Swingset closed the Readers series with a full house..tif

“The Swingset” closed the Readers series with a full house.

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