Romantic Comedy Opens This Weekend

Sarah and Joe rehearsing.
Sarah and Joe rehearsing.

Friday, March 14, 21, 28 at 8 pm

Saturday, March 15, 22, 29 at 8 pm

Sunday, March 16 and 23 at 2 pm

Sirens, a comedy about marriage written by Deborah Zoe Laufer, opens this weekend through Darien Arts Center Stage on Friday, March 14th at 8 pm.  It tells the story of a husband’s reawakening as he struggles with a mid-life and mid-marriage crisis through the process of celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary. With both wise and funny dialogue, the characters ring true and strike a chord for anyone who has been in a relationship that has stood the test of time. This play was acknowledged as “the Festival’s smash hit” at the 2010 Humana Festival of New American Plays and has never before been produced in this area.

It is being directed by Carin Zakes, who has an established reputation for excellence with the support of Mario Fuentes as Assistant Director and Maggie Pangrazio as Producer. Regina Elliott, James Kamensky, Joseph Maker and Sarah Smegal provide the acting talent with zeal and professionalism.

Performances will be held at the Darien Arts Center Weatherstone Studio, behind town hall at 2 Renshaw Road on Friday and Saturday March 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 at 8 pm and on Sunday, March 16 and 23 at 2 pm.  On Saturday, March 15, the cast and director will offer an informal “talk back” after the show.  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by going online at or by calling the box office at 203-655-5414.

DAC Stage Audition for Sirens

Picture yourself on stage!
Picture yourself on stage!

DAC Stage will hold auditions for Sirens, by Deborah Zoe Laufer, on January 7 and 8th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the DAC Visual Arts Studio at 2 Renshaw Road. Call backs, if required, will be held on January 9th at 7:00 p.m. Carin Zakes to direct.

Play Description

This delightful new play was a hit at the 2010 Humana Festival of New American plays as it explores the poignancy of a once passionate relationship that has lost its sizzle. When Sam fell in love with Rose he wrote her a song that has been covered by every recording artist and translated to every language. And for twenty-five years, Sam has been looking for the creative spark that this first flush of love had inspired in him – to no avail. And while on a cruise to celebrate the anniversary of their marriage, Sam hears the most sublime music ever heard, jumps overboard, and winds up with a Siren. And there on her island he must struggle with the terrors of middle age, the tortures of creative failure, and the desire to live in his past rather than face his uncertain future. And he must find a way to get home and win his wife back. You can find more information about the play at

The cast will consist of:

  • Rose, in her 40s or 50s
  • Sam, in his 40s or 50s
  • The Siren, in her 20s, who also plays waitress and a travel agent and is a contemporary version of mythical siren
  • Richard, a man in his 20s who will play a man in his 40s to 50s

During the audition you will be asked to read scenes from the play. Sides will be provided.

Performances Dates

March 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29 at 8:00 p.m.

March 16 & 23 at 2:00 p.m. in the DAC Weatherstone Studio.

The Gift of the Bird Feeder

Find it outside the Holds' area window.
Find it outside the Holds' area window.

This lovely bird feeder is a gift to the Library from Joe and Patty Warren of Wild Birds Unlimited. We're so thankful for this generous gift. Barbara of Readers' Advisory says we'll need to wait a week or so before we'll see birds visiting it.

To see the bird feeder, either come in through the Post Road entrance to the Library and look to the right. Or go into the Holds area behind the Welcome Desk. The bird feeder is visible outside the window. 

What kind of birds do you think we'll see at it this winter? 

December 2013 Local Theatre Shows

Marlene S. Gaylinn
Marlene S. Gaylinn

Marlene S. Gaylinn shares her reviews on local theatre in Connecticut and New York in the December 2013 edition of her newsletter, On CT & NY Theatre. This month's shows are:

Read Gaylinn's reviews.

  • "White Christmas" at Westchester Broadway Theatre. Plays till January 5th
  • Preview: "Fences" at Long Wharf Theatre. Plays till December 22nd
  • "Accidental Death of an Anarchist" at Yale Repertory Theatre. Plays till December 21st

Amnesty International Meeting: November 2013

Logo of Amnesty International
Logo of Amnesty International

Monday, November 25th from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
In the Writer's Room

Free and open to the public. The Noble Peace Prize award-winning organization has a vision of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Join us and take action for a better world. For more information about Amnesty International please visit For more information about our local chapter and meeting, call John at 203.218.4504.

November 2013 Local Theatre Shows

Marlene S. Gaylinn
Marlene S. Gaylinn

Marlene S. Gaylinn shares her reviews on local theatre in Connecticut and New York in the November 2013 edition of her newsletter, On CT & NY Theatre. This month's shows are:

  • "Master Class" at Music Threater of Connecticut (MTC). Plays till November 17th
  • "The Underpants" at Long Wharf Theatre. Plays till November 10th
  • "MacBeth" at Hartford Stage. Plays till November 10th
  • "Mrs. Mannerly" at Long Wharf Theatre. Plays till November 17th

Read Gaylinn's reviews.

Frank Mastrone at Darien Arts Center

Frank Mastrone
Frank Mastrone

Saturday, November 16th at 8:00 p.m.
2 Renshaw Road, Darien CT 06820

With over 20 years of professional experience performing on Broadway, Frank Mastrone brings his talents to the Darien Arts Center. Known for his charismatic style, Mastrone weaves music and storytelling bridging his life on Broadway with his role as a family man in Connecticut.

Mastrone has been a professional performer since graduating from Central Connecticut State College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting and directing.  His first big break was joining the first national tour of Cats as "Gus: The Theatre Cat".  When he returned, he was cast in the original company of The Phantom Of The Opera in which he has performed over 4,000 times over the past 25 years. He was on Broadway in Les Miserables as Jean Val Jean, in Jekyll and Hyde in the title role, in the stage version of Saturday Night Fever as Mr. Fusco, and "the paint store guy" in Big: The Musical. He has traveled the country in shows like Evita, Les Miserables, and Mamma Mia!

Mastrone has presented Meet The Artist programs for Lincoln Center and has taught master classes and workshops for Broadway Backstage, Field Studies of NY, and currently at the Greenwich Performing Arts Studio. The Darien Arts Center is proud to have him perform in the DAC Weatherstone Studio for an intimate evening of music.

Tickets for his one night performance on November 16th are $30 per person, $25 for students and seniors. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to or call the DAC box office at (203) 655-5414.

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