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Town Players Of Newtown To Present ‘Twists And Turns’



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Readers should be prepared to laugh and even cry at the theatrical event “Twists and Turns,” coming to The Little Theatre. Connecticut playwright Stuart Brown will have seven of his 10-minute plays staged by Town Players of Newtown on Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, at 8 pm; and Sunday, June 23, at 2 pm. There will also be a talk back with Brown following the Sunday matinee.

The event is a fundraiser for the theater. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online through newtownplayers.org.

Brown, who retired after 32 years as director of student services at UConn-Waterbury, has had his works presented in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Texas, and via the British podcast “Theatrical Shenanigans.”

He is very excited, he said, “to be bringing my plays to a theater in my home state.”

The playwright began writing 10-minute plays over a year ago. They are rooted in personal experience and observation. Most of the works are comedic.

“My play, The Drawing, came about during a period when it seemed every lotto drawing was for an unbelievable amount of money. I thought — what would I do with all that money if I won?

The Wait concerns a theater critic and his friend who are caught in the gridlock of audience members leaving the theater after a performance of Mamma Mia!” he shared.

Not all the plays are humorous.

The Suitcase involves a married couple coming to a major decision about their life together,” the West Hartford resident stated. “It has a serious theme with a surprise ending that no one sees coming. I saw it staged last month in Rhode Island and I had a tear in my eye at the end — and I wrote it.”

According to Brown, who is also president of Connecticut Critics Circle, a good 10-minute play has a fully realized arc — a beginning, middle and end — just like a full-length play.

“These are not just random scenes,” he said, “but complete mini-productions. I also make sure to incorporate an unexpected twist that catches the audience off guard.”

In addition to his playwriting, Brown runs the 24/7 online Broadway radio station SoundsofBroadway.com, featuring the best from Off-Broadway, Broadway, and the London stages.

The Little Theatre is at 18 Orchard Hill Road.

Connecticut playwright Stuart Brown will have seven of his 10-minute plays staged by Town Players of Newtown this month. The playwright is pictured at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, July 2021. —Peter Morenus/UConn photo
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