Please join us for the first public reading of Simple Gifts on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm at Voelker Orth Museum.  Evangelia Costantakos Kingsley’s two-act play takes place in the fictitious small town of Hancock, Indiana.  Octogenarian ex-Metropolitan Opera diva and retired singing teacher, Elena Maxwell, is at the end of her life.  Her much younger partner, Jean Lee, executive director of the Archives of Traditional Music at Hancock University, may beat her to the finish line.  A young singer, Kirsten Mintow, needs guidance at the beginning of her musical career.  The history of a nearby Shaker village breaks through the fabric of 1994.  Simple Shaker song melds with sumptuous classical music as the play explores the theme of extinction and asks “What makes life worth living?”  Reading will be directed by Eliza Beckwith.

Sunday, September 10 at 2:00 pm 

Voelker Orth Museum
149-19 38th Avenue
Flushing, NY11354
Admission:  $10/$8 for members (admission benefits the museum)


This event is made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.