Maryann Plunkett, best known for playing Sally on Broadway in Me And My Girl, will take part in readings of two new plays specifically geared towards young audiences. She'll read Irene Kirstein Watts' Goodbye Marianne and Steven Dietz's The Rememberer at New York's City Center Feb. 9 and 16, respectively.
Watts' drama follows a young Jewish girl trying to survive in Germany in the days following Kristallnacht. Dietz' play tells of a Squaxin Indian girl chosen to succeed her grandfather, Mud Bay Sam, as the rememberer among her people. It's based on the story "As My Sun Now Sets" by Joyce Simmons Cheeka.
Watts came to England from Berlin in 1938 and immigrated to Canada in 1967. Marianne won the Vancouver Jessie Award for Outstanding Young Audience Original Script.
Dietz play, Still Life With Iris will premiere at Seattle Children's Theatre in fall 1997. His other plays include God's Country, More Fun Than Bowling and Lonely Planet.
Other Broadway roles for Plunkett include The Seagull, Sunday In The Park With George and N.A.T.'s The Crucible. Appearing with Plunkett in Marianne is David Schechter. Reading with Plunkett on The Rememberer will be Kip Snyder, Lisa Mayo, Hugh Danforth, David Johann, Tyree Giroux, John Daggett, Diane Buglowicz, Dave Owens.
Tickets for the 2 PM readings are $2. For information, call City Lights Youth Theatre at City Center at (212) 262-0200.
--By David Lefkowitz