Playreading: The End of the Middle by Kathryn Ryan
Run Time: 120 min.
May 15, 2022 at 1pm
Tickets: $14 Adult, $12 Senior
Members: $11.90 Adult, $10.20 Senior
The latest installment of the Playhouse Playreading series, presented in partnership with Round the Bend Theatre. Amanda’s world is changing. Being a member of the middle class doesn’t mean what it used to. Amanda faces unexpected challenges in clinging to the belief that America is a classless society while confronting the realities of life on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Determined to remain in the now unaffordable co-op she grew up in, she refuses to reckon with the realities of living in a neighborhood that’s no longer welcoming to families like hers. She’s torn between wealthy old friends whose life she’s tried to emulate and a midwestern husband with a practical viewpoint. And despite her professional standing as a lawyer, to make ends meet, she finds herself moonlighting as an illegal Airbnb host – a choice that seems like a great idea at the time but turns out to have life-altering consequences. Most of all, she struggles to prevent her daughter Emma from repeating the mistakes she’s made.
About the Playwright:
KATHRYN RYAN’S recent productions include: Three Months To The Day (New Play Lab William Inge Theatre Festival, Independence Kansas), Wallowich @ Home, Alone (York Theater, NYC), Lilli Marlene (June Havoc Theater, NYC), Sisterhood Is Difficult (P.S. NBC at HERE Arts Center, NYC), The Road Not Taken (The Neighborhood Playhouse, NYC), and Hilary Kole In: A Good Man Is Hard To Find (Cabaret Venues).
She has edited film scripts produced for Showtime Networks 30 Minute Movie, The Disney Sunday Movie, and Tales From The Darkside.
A native New Yorker, she is a graduate of the NYC High School of Performing Arts and SUNY Purchase. She studied playwriting at Ensemble Studio Theatre and was a longstanding member of Charles Maryan’s Writer’s – Director’s Workshop. She is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild of America.
She currently lives with her husband and daughter in the Bronx.