july, 2020

This is a repeating event

08jul7:00 pmThe Watsons (serialized, Facebook Live Reading)7:00 pm RSVP Online

Event Details

The Watsons
by Laura Wade
directed by Eric Tucker
Serialized Wednesdays, July 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 7PM
Produced by The Nora at Central Square Theater

A third of the way through The Watsons, based on Jane Austen’s unfinished novel, the characters discover they are… characters and not “real.” As they wrestle with a world turned topsy turvy and debate their right for self-determination, rebelling against a controlling playwright who has invaded their world, they embrace the people they want to be, not who society (and literature) has dictated.

Laura Wade’s existential comedy The Watsons produced by The Nora at Central Square Theater and is directed by Bedlam Artistic Director Eric Tucker. Featured in the cast are Dria Brown, Tucker, Lee Mikeska Gardner, Debra Wise, with a cameo from Emmy winner Gordon Clapp and a cast Zooming to you from several East Coast cities.

The Watsons will air on Wednesdays, July 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 7pm. If you miss one, it will be available for four consecutive days after it has been aired. This is a benefit reading with all proceeds going to our artists and The Welcome Project, working to build the collective power of immigrants.

We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Unions:


through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on this program.

Speakers for this event

  • David Keohane

    David Keohane

  • Debra Wise

    Debra Wise

    Debra Wise (Artistic Director, Underground Railway Theater) launched URT in Oberlin, Ohio with founding Artistic Director Wes Sanders, who recently completed an e-book documenting URT’s decades as a touring company (1978-2008). With Sanders, Wise helped create over 30 new works which toured nationally and internationally to venues ranging from Lincoln Center to public schools; titles included Sanctuary – The Spirit of Harriet Tubman, Home is Where, InTOXICating and The Christopher Columbus Follies. Wise led URT collaborations with Boston Symphony Orchestra (Firebird, Creation of the World, Tempest); and Wise created and staged plays for Boston’s Museum of Science (Aging Puzzle), New Center for Arts and Culture (Jewish Women and Their Salons), the Mary Baker Eddy Library, the MFA and the ICA (Art InterACTions), and the Cambridge Arts Council (theater in dialogue with public art). Since creating Central Square Theater with The Nora Theatre Company, Wise has focused on re-envisioning URT’s mission to grow from within its first theater home. With playwrights Alan Brody and the late Jon Lipsky, and physicist/author Alan Lightman, she co-founded Catalyst Collaborative@MIT (CST’s unique science theater partnership with MIT), and led partnerships with Mount Auburn Cemetery (Our Town) and the National Park Service (Roots of Liberty – The Haitian Revolution and the American Civil War, featuring over 50 actors, dancers, musicians, and guest artists Danny Glover and Edwidge Danticat). URT has won Elliot Norton awards under Wise’s leadership: for The Convert and Constellations (Outstanding Production) and Bedlam’s St. Joan (Best Visiting Production). Other appearances on the CST stage include Kushner’s Homebody, Copenhagen, Brundibar & But the Giraffe!, The Other Place, Distracted, The How and the Why, Einstein’s Dreams, From Orchids to Octopi: An Evolutionary Love Story, Yesterday Happened: Remembering H.M., Breaking the Code, Arabian Nights and A Christmas Memory. Acting appearances on other Boston stages include Mistero Buffo (Poets’ Theatre); A Boston Marriage and Orson’s Shadow (New Repertory Theatre), Brooklyn Boy (SpeakEasy Stage Co.), and Chosen Child (Boston Playwrights’ Theater); in NYC, The Haggadah (The Public, with Julie Taymor). Wise has been nominated for Outstanding Performance by both the Elliot Norton Awards and the IRNE. Her work as a playwright includes States of Grace, inspired by the stories, poems, and essays of Grace Paley; and Alice’s Adventures Underground, based on the works of Lewis Carroll. She collaborates each summer with Harvard’s Project Zero, training educators on using theater to help students think more deeply across the curriculum.

    URL https://www.centralsquaretheater.org/people/debra-wise/#.Xrx9P8YpA0o

  • Eric Tucker

    Eric Tucker

  • Gordon Clapp

    Gordon Clapp

  • Jonah Cramer

    Jonah Cramer

  • Judy Molner

    Judy Molner

  • Lee Mikeska Gardner

    Lee Mikeska Gardner

  • Regina Aquino

    Regina Aquino

  • Samantha Nixon

    Samantha Nixon

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