Special Events

Yes Virginia - Staged Reading


By Stan Zimmerman and Christian McLaughlin

AUGUST 10 at 8 PM & AUGUST 11 at 2 PM
Tickets: $10
General admission seating.
Rated PG

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Stagecrafters proudly presents a staged reading of Yes, Virginia, a play by Stan Zimmerman and Christian McLaughlin, August 10 and August 11, 2019, on the 2nd Stage at the Baldwin Theatre in downtown Royal Oak.

The setting of the play is upscale Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The story centers on two women, Denise Miller and Virginia Campbell, and revolves around issues of aging, marital disappointments, living alone and a young man's death--leavened with a generous dose of humor. The shared confidences and growing affinity between the women leads them to form an alliance neither of them could have imagined. A story filled with humor, warmth, and humanity, Yes, Virginia shows that women of the oldest generation can empower themselves.

Playwright Stan Zimmerman (Golden Girls, Gilmore Girls, Rose Ann), who wrote the play with Christian McLaughlin, is thrilled that Stagecrafters has chosen Yes, Virginia for a staged reading. A native of Southfield, Michigan, he says that the story is based on his mother, Denise, and their housekeeper, Virginia, and the friendship that developed between the women. “I hope audiences have a lot of laughs, but also understand their aging parents a little better.”

Zimmerman will fly in from Los Angeles to attend the staged readings at Stagecrafters, and he will give a TalkBack with audiences following each show. Stagecrafters director Vonnie Miller is looking forward to it. “When Stan agreed to come for the event, it became a wonderful addition for the production,” she says. Zimmerman hopes one day to produce the full version of his play in Detroit before taking it to Broadway.

For now, his play is the featured production of the 2nd Stage Readers Theatre, an annual event held at Stagecrafters every August. During staged readings, actors sit onstage and read from a play script. Yes, Virginia is perfect for this, Miller says. “It’s a very humorous and heartwarming piece, and makes a delightful reading. It’s a unique way to access a play,” says Miller. “It allows audience members to focus entirely on the story without the distraction of staging, set pieces and scene changes.”

About 2nd Stage*
Our auditorium holds 100 patrons; please plan ahead to avoid disappointment. Tickets may be purchased at Stagecrafters.org, or by phone at 248-541-6430, Monday through Friday, 10am to 2pm. Tickets available at the door starting one hour before the performance.

*Please note: the 2nd Stage has limited handicapped accessibility. Please call ahead for information.