By Tessa Raebeck
As part of the JDTLab program, Guild Hall of East Hampton presents a free staged reading of “The Family Room,” a new play by first time playwright and longtime East Hampton resident John J. Mullen.
Steve Hamilton directs the play and also performs alongside Joseph Brondo, Lydia Franco Hodges, Ellen J. Myers and Julie King.
The play, which will be shown February 11, explores the complications of familial relationships and the power of childhood experiences, focusing on the relationship between siblings struggling to find forgiveness and reconciliation. Two sisters and a brother have been estranged for 30 years and are reunited in a hospital waiting room as their mother lies dying in the Intensive Care Unit.
“The Family Room” is “funny and hard-hitting,” according to Hamilton, who acted alongside Alec Baldwin on the John Drew stage at Guild Hall in “Equus” in 2010. Also serving as Mullen’s script coach for the play, Hamilton has worked on various projects in New York City and on the East End as an actor, director and producer. Most recently, he directed “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” which opened at John Drew in 2013.
The JDTLab program at Guild Hall provides “actively-engaged performing artists” with resources and guidance during the creative process. Artists are selected to present a one-night showcase in collaboration with the Guild Hall team that is presented at John Drew free of charge.
The staged reading of “The Family Room” will be presented Tuesday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the John Drew Theater in the Dina Merrill Pavilion at Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton. For more information, call 631.324.0806 or visit GuildHall.org