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Square One Theatre Presents TRYING


Trying, described as "a portrait of generational reconciliation" (NY Daily News) replaces Lungs as the next stage production of Square One Theatre's 29th season.

Hailed by The New York Times as both "comic and touching," Trying is inspired by the playwright Joanna McClelland Glass' own real-life experiences as personal secretary to the brilliant, irascible and sometimes cantankerous Judge Francis Biddle from 1967-1968. Biddle was the former U.S. Attorney General under Franklin Roosevelt and later appointed by Harry Truman as Chief Justice for the Nuremberg Trials. The play concerns a young Canadian girl and an elderly Philadelphia aristocrat 'trying' to understand each other during what Biddle realizes will be the final year of his life.

Trying is scheduled to open on Thursday, May 2 (2019) and continues on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, May 19.

Directed by Stratford's Tom Holehan, Trying features veteran Square One Theatre actor, Al Kulscar (Fairfield) as Judge Francis Biddle and introduces Céline Montaudy (Norwalk) in her Square One stage debut as Sarah Schorr, Biddle's Canadian secretary.

Al Kulscar is the all-time record holder of Square One Subscriber Awards winning a total of ten times for his leading roles in The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelky, Chapatti, The Outgoing Tide, Freud's Last Session, Southern Comforts, Moonlight and Magnolias, The Shop at Sly Corner, Camping with Henry and Tom and The Business of Murder as well as a Featured Actor Award in Later Life.

Céline Montaudy's stage credits include Shakespeare in Love, Hamlet, (Curtain Call), Romeo and Juliet, Jungle Book, Sword in the Stone (Shakespierence), All's Well That Ends Well (British American Dramatic Academy) and Good People, Good People, The Great Gatsby, In the Next Room (Or the Vibrator Play) (University of Rhode Island) among others. She was a Rhode Island MOTIF nominee for Best Actress in a university production.

Joanna McClelland Glass (Playwright) was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Her plays have been produced throughout North America, England, Australia, Ireland and Germany. Among her other plays, books and screenplays, three of her plays, Trying, "enormously bracing theatre" (New York Daily News), To Grandmother's House We Go and Play Memory reached New York. If We Are Women, played in several regional theatres across Canada.

Trying, opens Thursday, May 2 (2019) and continues Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through May 19 at Stratford Academy located at 719 Birdseye Street in Stratford, Connecticut.

The performance schedule of Trying is:

Thursday, May 2 (2019) at 7pm (time is correct) ONLY

Friday, May 3 at 8pm

Saturday, May 4 at 4pm (time is correct) AND

Saturday, May 4 at 8pm

Sunday, May 5 at 2pm

Friday, May 10 at 8pm

Saturday, May11 at 4pm (time is correct) AND

Saturday, May 11 at 8pm

Sunday, May 12 at 2pm

Friday, May 17 at 8pm

Saturday, May 18 at 4pm (time is correct) AND

Saturday, May 18 at 8pm

Sunday, May 19 at 2pm

Square One Theatre is in residence at Stratford Academy located at 719 Birdseye Street

in Stratford, Connecticut. Those new to Square One Theatre should set the GPS for 719 Birdseye Street in Stratford, Connecticut, located off I-95 at either Exit 31 or 32 (northbound and southbound). There is ample FREE parking. Stratford Academy's stage has been re-configured by Square One into an intimate 64-seat black box-type theatre. The audience is seated in new padded chairs on the stage along with the actors, insuring that all patrons have a good seat to hear and see. With this redesigned, modern venue no audience member is more than 15 feet from the stage.

Patrons may charge easily, safely and securely by phone online with major credit cards through Pay Pal. Visit the theatre's newly updated website on single tickets on sale now...follow the prompts to purchase online.

Single Tickets are:

$22 for each adult single ticket

$20 for each senior citizen & student single tickets

Single tickets may be purchased:

By phone: Box Office at 203.375.8778(24/7)

Online at: (24/7)

In person: at box office 45 minutes prior to each performance

By mail: self-addressed, stamped envelope & check payable to Square One Theatre sent to Administrative Office; 656 Longbrook Avenue, Stratford, Ct 06614-5117.

The Stratford Academy is wheelchair accessible. Please inform the box office of any special needs when reserving tickets.

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