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:
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
“Life is a spell so exquisite that everything conspires to break it.”
Renowned actress and playwright Barbara Kingsley presents a thoughtful, moving one-woman show based on the life and work of poet Emily Dicksinon. Kingsley’s intimate portrayal turns the myth of Dickinson the invalid and recluse on its head, revealing her as a brilliant, passionate woman empowered in her choice to bind her world to her home in Amherst. In the final months of her life, Emily welcomes a mysterious guest to her garden, sharing the wisdom and insight gained over a lifetime of observing life’s most poignant nuances. Kingsley paints a
vivid and moving portrait of the poet’s life, from her complex relationship with her father to the revelations she discovers in blooming flowers and buzzing bees.
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.