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Review: Daytime actors partake in a staged reading of ‘The Pavilion’ by Craig Wright

On October 7, daytime actors participated in a staged reading of “The Pavilion” by Craig Wright.

Roger Howarth
Roger Howarth. Photo Courtesy of ABC, Craig Sjodin
Roger Howarth. Photo Courtesy of ABC, Craig Sjodin

On October 7, daytime actors participated in a staged reading of “The Pavilion” by Craig Wright. It took place at Frames Bowling Lounge at the Port Authority in Manhattan.

The cast of actors included Emmy winner Michael Park (“As The World Turns”), Emmy nominee Jennifer Ferrin (“As The World Turns”), as well as Emmy winner Roger Howarth (“As The World Turns,” “One Life to Live” and “General Hospital”) and Emmy nominee Trent Dawson (“As The World Turns”).

It was hosted by “Daytime Stars and Strikes,” which raises awareness on autism. Their vision is to raise funds and awareness on behalf of individuals on the autism spectrum.

Michael Park
Michael Park. Photo Credit: Arthur Colombino

This stage reading helps the Katonah Classic Stage, where Emmy-nominated actor and filmmaker Trent Dawson serves as Artistic Director.

Dawson described “The Pavilion” as a “beautiful play” and shared that while it could have been a sitcom, in Craig Wright’s hands it turned into something “magical.”

Trent Dawson
Trent Dawson. Photo Credit: Dana Patrick

Their live version of “The Pavilion” by Craig Wright was witty, rousing, romantic, philosophical and at times, poetic. The cast was able to sustain the viewer’s attention for its entire duration.

Jennifer Ferrin was a strong female lead and her performance ran the gamut. She had good chemistry with Roger Howarth and Michael Park, and her rapport with them allowed for more resonance.

“Doing this was such a treat,” Ferrin admitted. “I love these guys so much, and we all hadn’t seen each other for a very long time. The play itself is just a phenomenal one… it is a lot of fun to work on,” she said.

Jennifer Ferrin
Jennifer Ferrin. Photo Credit: Bjoern Kommerell

“The character that I played was just a real person… She doesn’t hold anything back but she is fighting against big feelings and history. She was pretty complex, “Ferrin added.

The play even featured Howarth accompanying himself on acoustic guitar and singing a tune.

“Doing this staged reading was really fun,” Roger Howarth exclaimed. “I’m a big fan of Trent Dawson, I would do anything for him. Trent is a very lovely guy. It has been a pleasure to be here.”

For the dedicated soap opera fans, Howarth said, “Thank you so much for coming, and thank you for all of your support, as well as your love and affection.”

“We were so lucky to have the fans show up. The soap opera fans are the best fans in the whole wide world. We are so grateful to them,” Ferrin concluded.

Following the play, the actors took time to mix and mingle with their fans, as well as sign autographs and participate in photos and selfies.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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