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THE LATE CHRISTOPHER BEAN (FREE Reading) - April 7, 2012

Center Stage Jackson and Ella Sharp Museum encourage you to bring a friend to lunch at the Granary and stay for a free play reading afterwards!

“The Late Christopher Bean,” a comedy by Sidney Howard, will be read Saturday, April 7th at 2:00 pm in the Community Room at the Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History, 3225 Fourth St., Jackson, MI 49203. This is the fourth and final in a series of play readings for the 2012 Winter Season.

Sidney Howard was an American playwright and screenwriter. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1925 and a posthumous Academy Award in 1940 for the screen play for “Gone with the Wind.” “The Late Christopher Bean” was one of his greatest successes on Broadway, opening in 1932.

The story:  An acclaimed artist, Christopher Bean, has died some years earlier and now the outside world is in pursuit of his work and any details they can gather about his life and character.  Dr. Haggett and his family of patrician New Englanders own some of Bean's canvases and become avaricious when informed of their market value.  It is Abby, the family servant, who ultimately overcomes them all: she possesses one of his greatest paintings which she cannot be persuaded into selling at any price.

Featured in this reading are Tami Frye-Hindes, Gary Minix, Deborah Herbert, Carly Jacobs, Jessica Warring, Bradley Jayne, Ken Schluckebier, Derek Turson, and Chuck Thor.  Director is Ann Holt.

Reservations for the play reading are not necessary.  All readings are free but donations are welcome. For more information please call the museum at 517-788-2320.

“Readings at the Ella” is sponsored by the Ella Sharp Museum of History and Art and funded by the Jackson Literary and Arts Association to bring newer plays to Jackson audiences; and to allow local performers who may have not been able to participate in main stage productions an opportunity to share their talents.  Actors read from scripts using minimal or no props, sets or costumes.  The lengths of readings vary, but are no more than two hours long.   Center Stage Jackson is Jackson's community theatre group. Formed in 2001 when Jackson Civic Theatre and Clark Lake Players merged,

Center Stage Jackson is a non-profit production company dedicated to presenting quality theatrical productions in the Greater Jackson, Michigan area.  Please visit Center Stage's website at