Staged readings return to EPAC!

Returning for its second year, EPAC on the Edge will once again introduce audiences to new plays presented as intimate staged readings. Each performance will be co-produced with another Lancaster based theater company, previous co-producers include Theater of The Seventh Sister and Creative Works of Lancaster.

Audiences will be delighted, provoked, and fascinated as each reading brings them close to the edge.

The series will feature three single-night performances.


Marjorie Prime – Friday, June 22, 2018
A Beheading in Spokane – Friday, November 9, 2019

“A Behanding in Spokane” by Martin McDonagh features an eccentric and erratic man who has been searching for his severed hand for over 25 years. A couple seeking a reward for its return meets him at a seedy hotel claiming they have his long-lost hand. Meanwhile, the nosy hotel clerk’s involvement complicates the transaction.

The show features a small cast: Tim Spiese, Brian Viera, Cheri Fogelman, and Michael Roman and is directed by Megan Riggs.

The performance will be on Friday, November 9 th at 8PM at the Sharadin Bigler Theatre. Tickets cost $15 for general admission and $5 for students.

In a future where artificial intelligence is a regular part of society, 85 year old Marjorie is given a digital companion in the form of a young version of her deceased husband to provide comfort and companionship as her health declines. Marjorie Prime brings science fiction to the stage in an exploration of artificial intelligence, the mysteries of humanity, and the way memory shapes us.

Creative Works of Lancaster Vice Chair and EPAC veteran Alexander P. Bannon will direct this riveting piece featuring a talented cast of local actors. Bannon says that Marjorie Prime “does what all the best sci-fi does – tells a story using the idea of something that could happen ‘tomorrow’ to discuss issues of today.””

Playwright Jordan Harrison was a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Marjorie Prime. This play speaks to audiences across generations, geographies, and ideologies by asking us to question our identities – are we who we think we are, or are our identities based on what others think and know of us?

Marjorie Prime will be presented for one night only on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 8pm at Ephrata Performing Arts Center’s Sharadin Bigler Theatre. Tickets are $15 General Admission or $5 for Students.

This performance is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.