For the first time in 40 years, Augie, now retired military, returns to his hometown for his high school reunion, having been driven from the family home shortly after graduation by intolerable conditions. At the reunion, egged on by his childhood friend Frankie, a drunken Augie hatches a plan to break into his old home in the dead of night to retrieve a long forgotten, but now valuable, baseball card he secreted there as a child. In the turmoil that follows, Augie stirs the ashes of his troubled childhood in search of meaning, if not peace.
Performance on the FIRTH J CHEW STUDIO THEATRE
About the Author
Bryan Harnetiaux has been the Playwright-in-Residence at Spokane Civic Theatre since 1982. Thirteen of his plays have been published, and his short play, The Lemonade Stand, is also anthologized in More One Act Plays for Acting Students (Meriwether Publishing Ltd., 2003). Bryan’s work has been performed throughout the United States and other countries. His play National Pastime, published by Playscripts, Inc., about the breaking of the color line in major league baseball in 1947, has received many productions, including an Equity waiver production at Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena, California and an Equity production at (former) Stamford Theatre Works in Stamford, Connecticut. National Pastime is also a Season 75 Special Performance, opening in April 2023 (stay tuned for details).
Bryan collaborated with David Casteal in developing the play York, which tells the story of the only Black man on the Lewis & Clark Expedition (1803-06), and has been performed throughout the country.
Bryan has a cycle of plays on end-of-life, now specially licensed in clinical and educational settings addressing end-of-life issues through the Hospice Foundation of America, which have been workshopped or performed throughout the country, including a professional production at Seattle’s Capitol Hill Arts Center in February 2008.
In 1999, Bryan was a Fellow at the Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers in Lasswade, Scotland. He has also been a guest writer at a number of theaters, including the Lark Theatre in New York City in 1999.
A number of Bryan’s short plays have been featured in festivals throughout the country. In July 2010, his short play Antipasto was selected for the 35th Annual Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival. His short play Office Hours has been featured in six short play festivals, and Myra in three festivals. His most recent short play, Meta…, premiered at Civic’s 32nd Playwrights’ Forum Festival in June 2022.
Bryan is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America
A Harnetiaux Original
Dates and Times
October 28 – November 6, 2022
POST-SHOW TALKBACKS WITH THE WRITER AND DIRECTOR OCTOBER 28 AND NOVEMBER 5
Thursdays – Saturdays: 7:30 pm
Sundays: 2:00 pm
- Adults: $25
- Students (5-25): $10
By BRYAN HARNETIAUX, Spokane Civic Theatre’s Resident Playwright
Directed by JERRY SCIARRIO