This weekend, REPaloud — which stands for Reading Excellent Plays Aloud, by the way — will do just that, reciting Doug Wright's musical adaptation of the cult classic Maysles Brothers doc Grey Gardens. Wright also wrote Quills, which was adapted into a film starring Geoffrey Rush, and will be at Nashville Children's Theatre for the Saturday reading.
In this 2006 Q&A with New York Magazine, the playwright said that when Albert Maysles gave Little Edie the news that Grey Gardens was going to get the musical treatment, her response was positive. “Oh, that’s glorious," she said, in typical Little Edie bravado. "With all we didn’t have in life, we always had music and song.”
Friday and Saturday's readings start at 7 p.m. at NCT, and the suggested donation is $10, or $5 for students. The cast includes Rona Carter, Rosemary Fossee, Galen Fott Jennifer Richmond, James Rudolph, Charlotte Skaggs, Patrick Waller, Martha Wilkinson and Bobby Wyckoff.