‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’ streams from the library

Island Theatre will present a script-in-hand performance of the poignant comedy Gruesome Playground Injuries, by Rajiv Joseph, in two online streaming presentations at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21.

Performances are free, with donations welcome. To watch, go to www.islandtheatre.org.

This is definitely not your typical love story.

Doug and Kayleen meet at the nurse’s office in elementary school. She’s got a stomach ache and he’s all banged up from diving off the school’s roof. Over the next 30 years, these scar-crossed lovers meet again and again, brought together by injury, heartbreak, and their own self-destructive tendencies.

With great compassion and humor, Joseph crafts a compelling and unconventional love story about the intimacy between two people when they allow their defenses to drop and their wounds to show.

“Gruesome Playground Injuries” is directed by Steve Stolee and features Rachel Noll James and Joseph Lacko.

The play is recommended for high school age and up.

Island Theatre is partially funded by grants from the City of Bainbridge Island Cultural Fund, Bainbridge Community Foundation, donations from patrons, and through One Call for All. Founded on Bainbridge in 1994, Island Theatre’s mission is to provide quality theatre, geared toward mature audiences, onstage and in less conventional venues, through plays that challenge performers artistically while entertaining and intellectually engaging audiences.

Its regular schedule includes bi-monthly staged play readings at the Bainbridge Public Library; potluck play-reading dinners in private homes at which guests are welcome to read a part; and the annual Island Theatre Ten- Minute Play Festival.

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