Sean Grennan's Luck!, a new comedy that had a New York City reading in 1999, gets a further airing 7 PM July 24 in a reading at Florida Stage in Manalapan, FL.
In the darkly comic play, a group of disparate and desperate people all become entangled with a chain letter that seems to actually do what it claims. Along the way some characters lose everything while others gain their ostensible heart's desire. Grennan said the dark comedy "examines how we feel about superstitions like chain letters, our more or less futile search for the absolute meaning of things, and how what seems to be bad luck often turns out to be just what we need."
Since the last reading of Luck! in New York City, the play was the winner of an honorable mention award from the National Writer's Association in their south Florida writer's contest. Grennan, a Chicago actor and writer now living in New York, did "a few rewrites on it with the help of Sandy Shiner from Chicago's Victory Gardens theatre," he said.
The cast of the Florida reading includes Irene Adjan, Nan Barnett, Jeff Dumas, Steve Full, Blake Hammond and Anthony Hubert. Stephanie Page reads stage directions. All but Hubert and Page are now appearing with Grennan in the new musical, At Wit's End, at Florida Stage.
The 1999 New York reading was directed by Michael Goldberg and featured Ross Lehman (Broadway's Epic Proportions, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), Alton Fitzgerald White (Broadway's Ragtime), Kathy Santen (Broadway's Les Miserables), Chicago actresses Erin Grennan and Niki Sarich, Paul Slade Smith (GeVa's A Christmas Carol) and Jeff Talbott (Off-Broadway's Home of the Brave). Grennan's musical, Phantom of the Country Opera, written with Kathy Santen, was first staged at Marriott's Lincolnshire Theatre in 1995. The show went on to have 50 international productions. He also co-wrote the musical, Ms. Cinderella, for Marriott's Lincolnshire.
The Florida reading of Luck! is free and open to the public. Florida Stage is at 262 S. Ocean Blvd. For information, call (561) 585-3433.
— By Kenneth Jones