Play Reading of “Trying” – January 7th 2018

Solstice Theatre Society would like to invite drama-lovers in our community to the Home of Julia & Gregory Nicholls on January 7th 2018 for a reading of the play “Trying” by Pulitzer Prize winner Joanna McClelland Glass. 

It is based on her real life experiences working for Judge Francis Biddle, US Attorney General (1941-1945) during the last year of his life. Absolutely a must see for all theatre enthusiasts. This play was written by a Canadian playwright, Joanna McClellan Glass.  It is about her experience working for Judge Biddle from 1967-68 during the last year of his life.  She was 25 at the time.  The work is derived from Glass’s own experiences as Biddle’s assistant . She is merely the latest and coincidentally the last in a long and unsuccessful line of personal secretaries, all of whom have disappointed Biddle in some way. Much of the story revolves around issues of aging and the breakdown of communication over divisions of age and class.

Place: 2227 Port Washington Road
Time and date: January 7th at 6:00PM.

We will begin the reading as close to six as possible so please try to be on time. This will be a pot-luck event, so please bring a dish and your choice of beverage.

We are pleased to announce that this part will be read by Karen Parker (Act 1) and Melanie Chernyk (Act 2). Come and cheer them on!

Note: If you wish to be a reader, please let Julia know by emailing

“Comic and touching. ” – The New York Times

“Trying is a portrait of generational reconciliation. It is enormously bracing theatre.” – New York Daily News

“Trying is a beautifully written, delicate and engaging two-hander.” – Toronto Globe and Mail

“The number one rated show in New York.” – Zagat Theater Survey

“Exquisitely literate, moving and compelling.” – Variety

Below is a poem referred to in the Play “Trying”,  It was written by Dylan Thomas when his father was dieing.  One of the themes of  “Trying”  involves an older man feeling anger at his failing abilities.  I hope you enjoy this poem

Do not go gentle into that good night

Dylan Thomas1914 – 1953

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Have you ever wanted to Perform on Stage?

Maybe you feel you’re not yet ready for an Audition. Then come out to a Play Reading.

A Play reading is a form of theatre without sets or costumes where the play is read though in a relaxed casual setting. The purpose is foremost for love of the theatre and reading new material, but also to gauge the effectiveness of the dialogue, pacing and flow, and other dramatic elements of a given play and to see if their would be interest in producing the play and moving towards the audition phase.

Solstice Theatre’s fall 2017 production of Proof by David Auburn

Proof is a modern play trying to discover the brilliance or insanity of an enigmatic young woman struggling with her father’s condition, sibling rivalry, gender stereotyping and the intentions of an unexpected suitor.

Proof, won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for drama and the Tony Award for best play of the year.

Tickets are now available at Talisman Books and Southridge Farms Country Store.

Performance Dates and Times:

November 10th 7:00 PM

November 11th 7:00 PM

November 12th 2:00 PM


Pender Islands Community Hall