Pathways brings Gwyn McAllister’s new short play to life

Gwyn McAllister, author of the short play "Accidents Will Happen." — Courtesy Gwyn McAllister

Island writer Gwyn McAllister’s new play, “Accidents Will Happen,” is being read by actress Lynne Adams and guest actor Nicole Edmonds on Sunday, August 15, at 4 pm at Tisbury Water Works. Directed by Brooke Adams, the 30-minute play is about prejudice, boundaries, and consequences. According to a press release from Pathways ARTS, which is producing the event, “Ever-vigilant Trisha has her new nextdoor neighbor Julianne’s best interests at heart. Or does she?” McAllister is known for her astute observations about societal ills, delivered with a darker wit, the release says. She is also a longtime MV Times freelance writer.

McAllister describes the play as “a serio-comic take on the racial divide, stereotyping, and micro aggressions — with a twist at the ending” and, in a brief description of the scenario, she writes, “A young Black woman tries to find a way to co-exist with her racist, homophobic new neighbor — an older busybody with too much time on her hands.”

The reading is accompanied by three solo music performances: Judy Belushi Pisano, actress, writer, and artist, plays the ukulele and performs her humorous original songs; Island singer-songwriter Nate D’Angelo, well known for his profound lyrics and unique guitar style, will perform; and newcomer to the Vineyard music scene, Robert Hanjian, performs alternative folk and soft rock.

Pathways ARTS invites the community to the free event, with seating provided at the Tisbury Water Works at the Tashmoo Springs building in Vineyard Haven. For more information, contact Tanya Augoustinos at 508-939-0518 or email, or Gwyn McAllister at