Two Short Plays by Verne Guerin

Playwrights Workshop Trinbago’s (PWT) Monthly Readers Theatre Series (MRTS), featured the first Wednesday of every month, presents the reading of two short plays by Verne Guerin: ‘Traffic Jam’ and an unnamed play, for the November 2018 instalment. The reading takes place at the Trinidad Theatre Workshop, located at #6 Newbold Street, St Clair on November 7, starting at 7 pm.

Verne Guerin, a foundation member of the Playwrights Workshop Trinbago, has been writing in all genres of poetry, plays and prose for the majority of his 76 years.

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The Playwrights Workshop Trinbago’s Monthly Reader Session  at Trinidad Theatre Workshop | Photo Credit: Triston Wallace

‘Traffic Jam’ is adapted from a story by Barbara Jenkins, “It’s not where you go; it’s how you get there”. In reading Jenkins’ story, Verne said “I felt there was a play there and possibilities for it to be staged. A play was leaping out of it so I decided to put it on the boat and see if it would fly.” In ‘Traffic Jam’, a woman is stuck in traffic on her way to meet a man. They converse via phone calls which seem to always take a turn for the worse, as the man’s impatience increases along with her frustration.

In the unnamed play, two interrogators probe a man, Jason, who they believe is involved in a major conspiracy. When asked about the lack of a title, Guerin said that maybe in hearing it read, either he or the audience will discover the name.

The PWT, in partnership with the Trinidad Theatre Workshop and The Trinidad and Tobago Performing Arts Network, is inviting actors, playwrights, directors, producers and the general public to partake in the reading and discussion of the plays. The event will be held on Wednesday November 7, 2018, 7PM at the Trinidad Theatre Workshop, 6 Newbold Street, St Clair. Admission is FREE but Space Is Limited.

PWT reads new stage, screen, and radio plays on the first Wednesday of every month. For further information email; or call (868) 351-6293; or find them on Instagram @playwrightsworkshoptt.

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About the Playwrights Workshop Trinbago

Playwrights Workshop Trinbago (PWT) is an organization coordinated by playwrights for the making of plays. The organization is dedicated to the memory and work of renowned Trinidadian scholar, academic, theatre historian, playwright and director ERROL HILL (1921-2003) and Tobagonian poet, playwright, essayist and journalist ERIC ROACH (1915-1974).

This year, the workshop initiated in 2003 by Tony Hall with support from Trinity in Trinidad Global Learning Site of Trinity College, Hartford, C.T., Lordstreet Theatre’s Jouvay Institute and the National Drama Association of Trinidad and Tobago, celebrates its 15th Anniversary. It continues to have its Monthly Readers Theatre Series on the first Wednesday of every month, at the Trinidad Theatre Workshop. Playwrights and aspiring playwrights are reminded that plays read at the Monthly Readers Theatre Series will qualify for further development at the Annual New Play Festival in the following year.

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