ABOVE THE FOLD (A Reading) PlayPenn Foundry The Proscenium Theatre at The Drake 302 S. Hicks Street Philadelphia, PA 19102.
June 9, 2022, 7:30 PM In Person
For information and reservations: https://www.playpenn.org/class-registration/?eid=9432
About the Play: Above the Fold is set during the 1935 grand jury investigation of the death of rising musical theater star Evelyn Hoey in Glenmoore Pennsylvania. A group of reporters are covering the grand jury whose job it is to determine if there is sufficient evidence to conduct a trial for the murder of singer Evelyn Hoey by her lover Henry Huddleston Rogers III, the son of one of the richest men in the world. Reporter Dorothy Walton finds Evelyn’s story especially compelling.
“A couple months ago, Evelyn Hoey was a living, breathing person with hopes and dreams and fears. Family that loved her. Toast of the town. How does a woman like that end up with a bullet in her brain?”
Dorothy fights convention to be considered an equal partner with her male colleagues. She has to convince her editor to believe in her and in the importance of telling a truthful story. In addition, Dorothy needs to face her own feelings about her colleague and former lover, Carl, who is also assigned to cover the grand jury.
This is a story of victimization, of truth vs. sensationalism, of justice vs. power, and coping with personal demons.
Above the Fold is a Terrence McNally Finalist, a Eugene O’Neill semifinalist, and a Veterans Repertory Finalist.