One Night Delights series continues

The One Night Delights series will combine the gut-wrenching plot twists of a popular television series and the soul-numbing despair of a Shakespearean tragedy with the staged reading production of Game of Tiaras on Wednesday, July 17, at 7 p.m. by celebrated playwright, novelist and former middle and high school teacher Don Zolidis.

The production is directed by Jody Hanna and presented by Coastal Act Productions in collaboration with the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts. Those purchasing tickets will also enjoy a special dessert treat of “fire and ice” cupcakes.

Admission to Game of Tiaras is $15 plus ticketing fees, which 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, online at, or by visiting the PAC box office during normal business hours.

Game of Tiaras turns a tragedy into a comedy. When the aging king of a magical kingdom (England) decides to split his empire among his three daughters, Cinderella, Belle and the Snow Queen (who in no way resembles a copyrighted character), terrible tragedy ensues; a terrible, hilarious tragedy. This adaptation of King Lear will leave the audience dying with laughter as the body count mounts. After all, when you play the Game of Tiaras, you win or you die.

Touted as perhaps Zolidis' best work to date, Game of Tiaras is on a “completely different level of intelligence, humor and complexity than anything he's written before — and that's saying something,” said Tal Gribbons, the theater arts director of the Grady Middle School in Houston. “It's a transcendent piece in his already acclaimed canon, and one of those scripts that you can't help but laugh out loud while reading. I highly recommend it.”

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.

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 good way to truly savor a playwright’s work — and a tasty refreshment at intermission.

The series continues on Aug. 21 with a reading of the musical “The Black Tulip,” written by Jacob and Brian Hanna, adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas with the same name, directed by Jody Hanna and sponsored by Coastal Act Productions. Dumas is best known as the author of The Three Musketeers.