Sep 07 2024


4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Alley Stage Reading Series: “Reading Anna K” by Fran Zell

Our fourth annual Alley Stage Reading Series continues with Chicago, IL playwright Fran Zell’s, ” Reading Anna K.”

About “Reading Anna K” It’s Sylvia’s turn to choose the book and she wants to read Anna Karenina because someone once told her it reveals the meaning of life. At age 89 she believes it’s past time to find out. The other two members of the women’s book club at a senior living facility aren’t so sure. Pearl says the book is too long and too sexy. Gertrude, wandering between dementia and lucidity, just wants to hold on to her friends in a group that has been visited too often by death. When Milton, a recently widowed new resident shows up singing the praises of Anna K, relationships spin out of control. Reading Anna K takes a heartfelt look at life imitating art while exploring our endless need for friendship, love and new beginnings

This reading will be followed by a talkback session and reception. For more information about Fran and the Alley Stage Reading Series, see