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January 3, 2014

Play reading, singer to be featured at library

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The Daily Star

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The first will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, when writer Phil Potak will read his latest play “Heir Apparent.”

In a media release Potak said the play is suitable for mature audiences due to content and language.

Potak is a member of Dramatists Guild, has had productions at a number of theaters in New York and the Samuel French annual One-Act Play Festivals. His most recent New York productions were “No One’s Home” and “Thinness of Blood,” presented at 13th Street Repertory Company. He has been commissioned to write for Open Eye Theater, Adelphi University and New York Power Authority and to write a play for the town of Jefferson celebrating its bicentennial. Potak directed his one-act play, “Worn Wooden Benches” in January 2009 and “Incomplete Strangers” and “The Fifth Season” in April 2010 for the Schoharie Theatre Project.

The following week, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, the library will host a young Canadian named Zach Stevenson, who has performed in plays about Phil Ochs and Buddy Holly and will perform songs from the singers and some of his own. 

Stevenson was named one of the top 10 talents to watch in the Vancouver Sun. He is a singer, songwriter, actor and multi-instrumentalist. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theater, Stevenson has been featured as an actor and musician in major theaters and concert venues across North America.

He has played leading roles in “Urinetown,” “Assassins,” “Hair,” “Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave” and “The Ballad of Phil Ochs” and led seven productions of the “Buddy Holly Story” from Ontario to Vancouver.