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Civic hosts ‘Sweet and Sad’ Stage reading

Columbia Center for the Arts brings a staged reading of “Sweet and Sad” by Richard Nelson to The Dalles Civic Auditorium on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and 14, directed by Judie Hanel.

The reading begins at 7:30 p.m. and stars Brenda Hering, Irene Fields, Julie Jindal, Tom Burns, Gary Young, Joe Garoutte. Written by Richard Nelson and Directed by Judie Hanel.

“Sweet and Sad” is, you might say, a dinner-table play. The Apple family finds itself gathered together in Rhinebeck, N.Y., for an impromptu lunch before heading off to an afternoon memorial service.

While Uncle Benjamin rehearses for a reading, emotions run high as the Apples catch up on politics, tell ghost stories, tease each other mercilessly and confront difficulties of loss.

Filled with humor and sorrow, “Sweet and Sad” celebrates the challenges of life in the 21st century and how we grapple with the consequences of loss.

Richard Nelson’s “Sweet and Sad” also will be performed as a staged reading at Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, located at 215 Cascade Ave. in downtown Hood River on Nov. 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.

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