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UFT Players’ one-act plays

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“The Lady” is performed by Helaine Bernard (left) as the Statue of Liberty and J
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“The Lady” is performed by Helaine Bernard (left) as the Statue of Liberty and Jo-Ann Nicolosi.

A mother and daughter separated at the border, a same-sex couple attempting to buy a wedding cake and the vicissitudes of aging were among the themes explored by the UFT Players in six one-act plays performed at UFT headquarters in Manhattan on May 9. More than 20 original one-act plays were submitted in competition, with six selected for performance. Members of the union’s drama committee of retirees revel in their second acts as playwrights and actors. “It’s given us a great opportunity to do what we love,” said Ilene Bauer, who wrote and acted in one of the plays. “Everyone’s supportive.”