IF YOU GO
What: Reading of Don Nigro's spooky one-act play
When: 8 p.m. Sunday
Where: 1055 N. Collier Blvd. Marco Island
Cost: $50, includes cocktail reception and talk back with the actors
Something Else: The Marco Players Theater is located in the Marco Town Center Mall directly across from the Crazy Flamingo restaurant.
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1055 North Collier Boulevard, Marco
MARCO ISLAND — Former "Guiding Light" and "As the World Turns" actor Tom Pelphrey and "As The World Turns" actress Marnie Schulenburg plan to breathe life into classic opening line "It was a dark and stormy night" at an 8 p.m. play reading Sunday at the Marco Players Theater.
Pelphrey and Schulenburg, visiting Marco Island for SWFL Soapfest 2010 festivities, will read Don Nigro's spooky one-act "Specter," about a beautiful young woman and a man she has never met before, stuck in a car in the mud on the side of the road in a ditch in the middle of nowhere. Tickets are $50 and include a talk back and cocktail reception with Pelphrey and Schulenburg after the play.
Pelphrey says audiences will enjoy "Specter."
"This is a show that will have the audience laughing out loud, and if done right, sitting of the edge of their seats," Pelphrey said. "It’s like the best kind of ghost story."
Pelphrey was attracted to the work by the beauty of Nigro's language.
"Nigro has a very special way of blending the dramatic with the comedic, of maintaining a palpable suspense and a sense of mystery, or the unknown," Pelphrey said. "In my opinion his writing is very intelligent and witty, and I think that is enjoyable for not only the actors who get to perform it but also the audience that views it."
"Specter" is a simple show - there are almost no props except for two chairs and a few sound and lighting effects - but the show should entrance audiences.
"I love the simplicity of the production. You do this show with two actors on two chairs on an empty stage ... minimal sound, minimal lighting," Pelphrey said. "This really allows and in a way demands the audience use their imagination, which really helps to engage the audience even more ... in a way it demands participation."
Pelphrey played Jonathan Randall on "Guiding Light" for five years before signing on to "As the World Turns" as Mick Dante. He stopped filming on "As the World Turns" in January and is searching for his next project.
Proceeds from the play-reading event go to support the Apothecary Theatre Company, a New York City-based non-profit that "develops original plays and offers a platform for emerging American playwrights."
"The live staged reading is a new fundraising event added to this year's SoapFest Charity Weekend to help the Apothecary Theater Company where Pelphrey is a founding member," SoapFest founder Pat Berry said.
Pelphrey describes the the Apothecary Theatre Company as "the realization of a dream."
"To be able to work on theatre with people who are very talented and speak the same 'language' as I do as far as the work - there can be nothing better than that," Pelphrey said. "And it is such an optimistic, courageous, bold undertaking in and of itself ... that alone is an exciting thing to be a part of."
Pelphrey has attended Soapfest events since 2005, Schulenburg since 2008. Pelphrey loves the chance to interact with fans and appreciates the chance to raise money for charity.
"It’s a good cause," Pelphrey said of Soapfest. "There are good fans down there, it feels more laid back. Also leaving the city for the beach doesn’t hurt."