Paul Enger Memorial Play Reading Series
In 2013, long-time Holy Trinity member Paul Enger passed away at the age of 86. Paul was a bedrock member of the Holy Trinity community and was involved in the founding of two of Holy Trinity’s flagship ministries, Bach Vespers and H.U.G. Paul also led a noteworthy career as a writer both for TV and the stage, over the course of which he wrote for Dan Rather, Walter Kronkite, The History Channel, Good Morning America, and the long-lived daytime serial All My Children, as well as penning ten full length plays.
In the wake of Paul’s passing, congregation member Richard Sterne proposed the creation of the Paul Enger Memorial Play Reading Series to honor Paul’s legacy and provide a space for emerging playwrights to hear and workshop their in-progress or un-produced plays. The inaugural season began on October 14, 2014, with the reading of Paul’s play Harmon and Ruth. The series runs annually from October through June, with readings held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the community room. We hope that you will join us for these special opportunities to hear new works before they make it to the stage!
Upcoming titles to be announced–please watch this space for updates!
Previous Play Readings
by Duncan Pflaster
The Douchegirl Play (Better Name Pending)
by Duncan Pflaster
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 – 7:00 PM
by Ali Viterbi
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 – 7:00 PM
The Bailey’s Crossroads Opportunity School
by Hal Corley
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 – 7:00 PM
Look at Me (Ruff, Ruff)
by C.S. Hanson
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 – 7:30 PM
Harmon and Ruth
by Paul Enger
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 – 7:30 PM
About Paul Enger
Long time Holy Trinity member Paul Enger was born in Fargo, North Dakota. He began his career as a newspaper reporter for The Fargo Forum after graduating magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota. Later he worked for United Press International in Indianapolis and New York City, following which he joined CBS News as a writer for Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather. He wrote for all the major news and public affairs programs on CBS, as well as for ABC-TV’s Good Morning America, and its daytime serial All My Children. In addition, he wrote scripts for A&E cable and The History Channel. Paul received four awards from the Writers Guild of America for outstanding achievement in broadcast script writing. He wrote 10 full length plays, most of which suggest his Norwegian and Lutheran background. His first play, The Good News, was presented by Stage West Theatre in Springfield MA, where he was a Ford Foundation Grant recipient. In 1990, The Good News won first prize in the Queens Playwriting Competition. Harmon and Ruth, a play about Norwegian farmers in North Dakota, was presented at The Players Theater in New York with Julie Harris and George Grizzard in the title roles. His other plays have been performed at regional theater companies in Phoenix AZ, Berkley CA, New Harmony IN, Asolo FL, Louisville KY, as well as Off Broadway in New York. In 2005, his play In The Air was produced at the 315 West 47th Street Theater in New York. That play, about the great 1918 influenza pandemic, was first presented in a staged reading in the assembly room at Holy Trinity. In addition to his great love of the Church, and his kindness and caring for the people, music and activities, Paul was a founder of Holy Trinity’s Bach Vespers program in 1968, and a co-founder of H.U.G., Holy Trinity’s Saturday afternoon meal program for the disadvantaged. He remained a regular supporter of all programs at the Church until the end of his life. Paul was 86 when he passed away November 29, 2013. He is buried in Riverside Cemetery in his beloved Fargo.