‘Jeffrey’ continues One Night Delights series

The theatrical series One Night Delights continues on Wednesday, June 12, at 7 p.m. with a staged reading of “Jeffrey,” by celebrated playwright Paul Rudnick, directed by Stephan and presented by Porthole Players, in collaboration with the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA).

Those purchasing tickets will also enjoy a dessert treat of German chocolate cake by JC Market Thriftway Bakery, in recognition of National German Chocolate Cake Day celebrated on June 11.

Rudnick, an American playwright, novelist, screenwriter and essayist, is known for his works, “Addams Family Values,” “Sister Act” and “The Stepford Wives.” He created one of the funniest plays in “Jeffrey,” about a gay actor who is so terrified of catching AIDS, that he swears off sex. After making this pronouncement to family and friends, he meets the perfect man for him … who is HIV positive. 

The New York Times proclaimed “Jeffrey” to be, "Wildly funny ... just the sort of play Oscar Wilde might have written had he lived in 1990s Manhattan." The Wall Street Journal adds, "The hottest ticket off-Broadway ... Mr. Rudnick ... has come up with some of the funniest lines and deftest gimmicks onstage today. He is a master of one-liners."

The reading is presented as part of the ongoing One Night Delights reader’s theater series presented by the OCCA and four local theater companies (Coastal Act Productions, New Visions Arts, Porthole Players and Red Octopus Theatre Company). All proceeds support an ongoing fundraising effort to renovate the David Ogden Stiers Theatre at the Newport Performing Arts Center.

Reader’s theater is a proud American tradition. The absence of elaborate sets and costumes puts the focus on the performers’ oral interpretation of the words, making this a way to truly savor a playwright’s work. And One Night Delights offers a tasty refreshment at intermission.

Admission to “Jeffrey” is $15 (plus ticketing fees) and includes the dessert. The event takes place in the David Ogden Stiers Theatre at the Newport Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased by calling 541-265-ARTS (2787), going online at www.coastarts.org, or by visiting the PAC box office during normal business hours.

The series continues on July 17 with a reading of “Game of Tiaras,” by Don Zolidas, directed by Jody Hanna and sponsored by Coastal Act Productions.