Riverspace and The Deep End Productions present Marriage & Other Odd Occurrences on ‘€¨Sun., May 17, 5:00 p.m. Short Stories by Alethea Black’€¨, Directed by Elliott Forrest at Riverspace, 119 Main Street in downtown Nyack.
The short stories to be read by Matthew Arkin (son of Oscar winning actor Alan Arkin) and Andrew Greenway are The Thing Itself (2008 Arts & Letters Prize winner) and That Of Which We Cannot Speak.
The two stories are tied together by the theme of marriage – one from the point of view of a married man facing the disappointment of a childless marriage and an unfulfilling career, and the other a regretfully divorced man. Both stories are emotionally incisive, as well as charmingly humorous. As the title, Marriage & Other Odd Occurrences, might suggest, each story contains the presence of unexplainable events and impulses, some of which are life-changing.
The readings will be followed by a discussion and reception with the writer, director, and actors about the process of writing, directing, and performing the works.
Matthew Arkin hails from an illustrious acting family and has been seen on stage and screen, including the original Broadway production of Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor and the Off-Broadway hit Dinner with Friends. Andrew Greenway, a Piermont resident, is a favorite at Elmwood Playhouse, has been featured on Guiding Light and Law and Order.
Riverspace is a non-profit cultural center, to be supported by a green economic development, bringing outstanding arts, entertainment, and education to the Lower Hudson Valley. It presents a singular opportunity for civic participation in a sustainable downtown revitalization that embraces the history and future of our region.