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:
Stay tuned to this page for annoucements about our Spring schedule of readings.
March 10 at 7:30 p.m.
GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES
by Rajiv Joseph
Love hurts – especially in this hard-edged, bitterly funny two person drama from the author of BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO. Kayleen and Doug spark off a lifelong friendship when they meet at the age of eight in the infirmary of their private Catholic school, one that plays itself out in a series of sometimes gross, often hilarious accidents and injuries.
Featuring Danica Carlson and Ryan Salvato.
“Irresistibly odd and exciting…This darkly humorous drama is Rajiv Joseph’s most satisfying work.” —NY Daily News.
April 7 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE WE’RE BORN
by Lucy Thurber
It’s a town where binge drinking and cheating on your spouse are favorite past times, but for Lily, a freshman at a prestigious university, it’s also home. Back for her first college break, she crashes with her beloved cousin Tony, and her new up-and-coming life collides with the old familiar mess.
“Lucy Thurber succeeds in this play, particularly in the ways many so-called emerging playwrights disappoint. Her dialogue is thoroughly believable, her scenes are well-composed and she has something meaningful to say.” -CurtainUp
May 5 at 7:30 p.m.
by Theresa Rebeck
Ambitions and pretensions abound in Theresa Rebeck’s cuttingly funny story of four young writers who’ve shelled out $5,000 for a ten-week-long seminar with an renowned literary master. Leonard, formerly a celebrated novelist, is now known as a merciless editor and teacher, and his students – Kate, Martin, Douglas and Izzy – subject themselves to his ego-shredding critiques in hopes of achieving true literary greatness. The result is a sharply edged, quick-paced comedy where semicolons are skewered, romances sparked, and alliances are forged and broken.
FIVE STARS! Sexy, savvy and uproarious!” – David Cote, Time Out New York
September 15 at 7:30 p.m.
THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE
by Julia Cho
Linguist George might know a pile of rare, exotic languages, but when it comes to communicating about matters of the heart, he’s hopelessly at a loss for words. Outside the lab where he works to preserve dying words, his marriage is crumbling, while inside, his assistant, Emma, desperately tries to get him to understand the deep feelings she has for him. Meanwhile, a squabble has the last two speakers of an indigenous tongue refusing to speak to each other. Will a grudge destroy their language forever? Find out in this whimsical tale of love and the search for the right words.
“The gulf between what’s said and what isn’t is rarely described and traversed with as much power as it is here. What makes this achievement more significant still is that the play itself is in no way ordinary… passionate… wise and wonderful.” —Talkin’ Broadway.
October 13 at 7:30 p.m.
FREUD’S LAST SESSION
by Mark St. Germain
On the eve of the start of World War II, Dr. Sigmund Freud invites young, up-and-coming Oxford scholar C.S. Lewis to his London home for a life-changing conversation. In this historical re-imagining by Mark St. Germain, the strictly atheist father of psychotherapy clashes wits with the passionate young Christian author and professor as they discuss everything from the existence of God to the joys of sex. The result is a riveting, thoughtful, and clever study of life’s biggest questions as seen through two of the greatest minds of their age.
“It’s a sharp, lively discourse, and audience members searching for engaging debate will be pleased…Mark St. Germain’s script is astute, and the humor is plentiful.” —NY Times.
November 10 at 7:30 p.m.
TITLE TO BE ANNOUNCED
Stay tuned for more details about our 2014 Play Reading Series.