Play Readings

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:
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Stay tuned to this page for annoucements about our Spring schedule of readings.

May 5 at 7:30 p.m.

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SEMINAR

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.

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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 6 at 7:30 p.m.

PLAYWRIGHT MARK ST. GERMAIN

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.

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TITLE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Stay tuned for more details about our 2014 Play Reading Series.