Play by Play, Stage East’s theater appreciation course, continues on March 10 at 7 pm. The class, which focuses on the Theatre of the Absurd, has over a dozen members that have met weekly since the first session on February 17. Thus far, they’ve read and discussed the work of Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter and Eugene Ionesco; other iconic playwrights will follow. 

On March 10, the group will read famed English playwright Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. The play is a meditation on two minor characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Much of the action takes place “in the wings” of Shakespeare’s original work, centering the confusion and ultimate demise of two bit players caught up in a story seemingly outside their control or understanding. The show opened in 1966 at Edinburgh Fringe Festival and ultimately transferred to the National Theatre, a feat rarely accomplished. Aside from its commercial success, it has won a place in the Western theatrical canon and is widely studied and produced to this day. 

The course is still open for enrollment. Interested parties can email mark@eastportartscenter.org for more information. Stage East is a constituent group of Eastport Arts Center.