Professional actors read exceptional plays — with no costumes, props, sets, or special lighting. Join us monthly in the spring and fall for our beloved play reading series at The Music Hall Loft. The Play Reading series is presented with support from:
March 16, 7:30 p.m.
THE HOW AND THE WHY
by Sarah Treem
The How and the Why depicts an interwoven relationship between two women biologists – a young graduate student and an older scholar. As the pair dive into discussing the mysterious nature of the evolution of women, they also come to realize personal internal conflicts. Sarah Treem’s invigorating exploration of science, feminism, and the struggle for self-worth provides new perspectives on both evolution and the relationship between generations.
“Sarah Treem’s play brims with ideas and emotional colors that eddy and refract like rivulets in a lively, plunging stream.” —Washington Post
April 6, 7:30 p.m.
by Jon Robin Baitz
Three Hotels features three theatrical monologues set in hotel rooms. These tales of corruption, murder and heartrending honesty transport you to drastically different time periods as the corruption of a man selling defective baby formula in third world markets leads to a troubled marriage, death of a loved one and the realization that everything has changed. Jon Baitz is the brilliant author of The Film Society, Other Desert Cities, The End of the Day, and The Substance of Fire. He was also the showrunner on ABC’s Brothers & Sisters. His astounding accomplishments and brilliant mind make Three Hotels a rich, must-see play reading.
“What makes Mr. Baitz an exciting writer is not so much his familiar indictment of the cynicism and racism that can attend the expedient pursuit of capital and power but the humanity, lacerating wit and theatricality with which he levels his charge.” – The New York Times
May 11, 7:30 p.m.
I AM PROOF OF ME: A FINAL VISIT WITH EMILY DICKINSON
by Barbara Kingsley
A one-woman play about poet Emily Dickinson, winner of the 2013 MRAC Next Step Grant.
September 21, 7:30 p.m.
by Mike Bartlett
When John and his long-term boyfriend decide to take a break, the last thing he expects is to find himself falling for a woman. The relationship puts him at a crossroads that makes John question everything he thought he knew about himself. Comedy, wit, and sexuality about in this contemporary twist on the classic love triangle, making Bartlett’s play an entertaining yet eye-opening experience.
“Uproariously funny…COCK is a rite of spring you shouldn’t miss!” —New York Magazine.
October 19, 7:30 p.m.
WHAT’S THE WORD FOR
by Jeffrey Hatcher
In What’s the Word For, Jeffrey Hatcher portrays the unconventional relationship between Janet, a woman in her 70s, and Hayden, a mentally disabled man in his 50s. It’s a connection wrapped in mystery, from the tragic accident that changed Hayden’s life forever to the cause of Janet’s powerful loyalty as a caregiver. When Janet is struck with illness of her own, her plans to move into a retirement home force her to confront both the burden of care and the burden of abandonment .
“A crafty and intriguing piece of work.” – Pioneer Press
November 16, 7:30 p.m.