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Pear offering ‘Fresh Produce’ this weekend

Mountain View’s Pear Theatre is scheduled to perform “Fresh Produce 2020” – readings of three new plays via Zoom – this weekend.

A summary of each play follows.

• “The Visitors,” 7:30 p.m. Friday. Peggy Powell’s drama is about loss, hope and a great big pile of junk. It follows a grief-stricken man, a woman who has lost everything and two scavengers far in the future who find their lives taking turns for the unexpected at Harold’s house. Several short plays by Powell, a former stage manager, have been produced in the Bay Area and beyond.

• “Dead People,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Bridgette Dutta Portman’s play centers on Gale Boatswain, a forensic pathologist at a hospital morgue who just wants to be left alone. But her carefully ordered life is thrown into disarray when a young woman – convinced she is dead – forces her way into the morgue and compels both of them to confront the ghosts of their pasts. A shorter version of the play, titled “Ferryman,” was commissioned for the 2016 San Francisco Olympians Festival and produced by Black Sheep Theatre in Rochester, N.Y.

• “Muscle and Bone,” 2 p.m. Sunday. Leah Halper’s dramatic comedy revolves around five scared and shaken women as they gather for a doctor-ordered fitness program. They have doubts about each other, the scruffy gym and sweating bodies, and about healing. Can a smelly old Y give them anything worth having? Halper is an award-winning writer whose plays have been widely produced. A Heideman Award finalist, she’s a longtime Dramatists Guild member.

Tickets are $10 per show; Zoom links will be sent an hour prior to each performance.

For tickets and more information, call 254-1148 or visit

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