Actors David Houston and Melanie Lipton will perform a free dramatic reading of The Manor at 2:00 PM on Thursday, March 13, 2014 in the Large Meeting Room. Enjoy a one-hour performance in the style of a radio drama featuring sound effects and backgrounds from 300 years of American music, including Joplin, Foster, Copeland, and MacDowell. Hear scenes from Mac Griswold's absorbing and startling new history of Long Island's mysterious island.
Mac Griswold's The Manor is the biography of a uniquely American place that has endured through wars great and small, through fortunes won and lost, through histories bright and sinister - and of the family that has lived at the manor since its founding as a northern slave plantation three-and-a-half centuries ago. The Manor was selected for Long Island Reads One Book 2014.
David Houston has performed numerous roles: Major Bouvier in "Grey Gardens," Friar Lawrence in "Romeo and Juliet," Mayor Shinn in "The Music Man," Sir in "The Dresser," Ben in "Death of a Salesman," Herr Shultz in "Cabaret," The Old Actor in "The Fantasticks," Tony Windace in "Dial M For Murder," and Horace Giddens in "The Little Foxes." His original plays, including "A Rodgers & Hart Audition," "Great Scott & Zelda," "Murder & Madness & Poe," and "The Ghost of Dorothy Parker," have been seen at libraries and schools on Long Island and in New York City areas. Among his 14 published books, his Joan Crawford biography Jazz Baby was published by St. Martin's Press and his mystery novel Shadows on the Moon was published by Leisure Books; both of them were once optioned for movie production. His "readings in the style of radio drama" include Pete Hamill's Snow in August, the first Sherlock Holmes novel, A Study in Scarlet, Steinbeck's Travels with Charley, Alyson Richman's The Lost Wife, Doris Kearns Goodwin's Wait Till Next Year, and Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.
Melanie Lipton is equally at home in dramas, comedies, and musicals. Her starring roles include Georgia Hendricks in the regional premiere of "Curtains," Sonia in "They’re Playing Our Song," Lina Lamont in "Singin’ in the Rain," Lilli in "Kiss Me Kate," Tracy in "High Society," Maggie in "The Man Who Came to Dinner," both Mrs. Lovett and Johanna in Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd," Elizabeth Proctor in "The Crucible," Meredith in "Bat Boy," and Lois Lane in a rare revival of "It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman." In addition to her acclaimed Emily Dickinson in William Luce's "The Belle of Amherst," Melanie has toured in several David Houston plays: she was Adele Astaire in "The Last Dance," Joan Crawford in "Jazz Baby Joan," and Zelda Fitzgerald in "Great Scott and Zelda." With a background in music, voice, and theatre, Melanie spent two seasons as teacher and choreographer at Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Center.
This public program is funded by the Friends of the Garden City Public Library. Seating and parking are limited and on a first-come basis. No tickets are required to attend. Please, no buses.