Two firsts make up “A Thousand Clowns” for Readers Theatre Plus.
The acting group is starting the year off with a new production in a new facility with the show at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road, after moving from the Dungeness Schoolhouse.
Shows run Jan. 31-Feb. 9.
Written by Herb Gardner, “Clowns” follows Murray Burns, played by Ric Munhall, a television writer, who has been out of work for a few years while he cares for his 12-year-old nephew Nick (Damon Little).
Burns learns Nick has written an essay on the benefits of unemployment insurance leading to a call from a social worker to investigate.
“Clowns” leads Burns into funny yet realistic interplay with his his brother/talent agent Arnold (Don White), the social workers, couple Sandra Markowitz (Valerie Lape) and Albert Amundson (Jeff Clinton) and TV’s “Chuckles, the Clown.”
Debbie Leach narrates and Janice Parks directs the production with Carol Swarbrick Dries serving as production manager.
As tradition for Readers Theatre shows, all ticket sales and donations benefit a local charity group. These shows support remodeling the Captain Joseph House in Port Angeles.
Betsy Reed Schultz started the Captain Joseph House after her son Capt. Joseph William Schultz was killed in action in Afghanistan in May 2011.
The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that serves as a memorial for her son and provides respite and educational support to the families of those fallen in military duty by extending the continuum of care available through other military, religious, private and no-profit organizations, and to help them honor, respect and remember their loved one as they resume their lives.
The Captain Joseph House is a 1910 craftsman home maintained with the charm and comfort of an old-world English estate and renovated to meet the needs of three families throughout the year.
With up to three families sharing the same respite week the house will foster an environment where new friendships can take root and draw strength from the common experience of loss. This respite week will provide an opportunity for a family to begin building new memories and new traditions as they regroup and learn to live, laugh and love within this recreated family unit.
For more information, visit www.CaptainJosephHouseFoundation.org.
For more information on Readers Theatre, visit www.readerstheatreplus.com.
Readers Theatre follows this production with “Olive and the Bitter Herbs” March 28-April 6.