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Interested in newer plays?

Sign-Up for one or both of Elmwood’s Reading Series!

Currently these readings are performed via ZOOM until we can safely gather in person again. Those interested in reading or viewing can sign up by emailing [email protected]. Everyone and anyone is invited to participate. Both series are FREE.

Elmwood Playhouse Cold Readings

21st Century Plays

Elmwood Playhouse started the Cold Reading Series in 2018, giving actors the opportunity to continue working on their craft and also allowing us all the chance to hear works published after the year 2000.

Over the last year, due to the global pandemic, readings switched from in-person readings at the Tarson Studio to Zoom. Elmwood Playhouse will now revert back to in-person readings while following CDC guidance.

The readings require no rehearsal, no auditioning. Just the desire to get on your feet and play. Casting is at the discretion of the reading coordinator but mostly first-come, first-cast.

The 4th Season of the Cold Reading Series will kick off on September 18, 2021, at 11:00 AM with Lauren Gunderson’s The Book of Will.

“Without William Shakespeare, we wouldn’t have literary masterpieces like Romeo and Juliet. But without Henry Condell and John Heminges, we would have lost half of Shakespeare’s plays forever! After the death of their friend and mentor, the two actors are determined to compile the First Folio and preserve the words that shaped their lives. They’ll just have to borrow, beg, and band together to get it done. Amidst the noise and color of Elizabethan London, The Book of Will finds an unforgettable true story of love, loss, and laughter, and sheds new light on a man you may think you know.” Dramatist

For more information contact [email protected]

The series is curated by member Tiffany M. Card.

Elmwood Public Domain Players

Public Domain Readings

Elmwood’s Public Domain Players conducts readings on a monthly or bi-monthly basis of plays in the public domain for which there is no longer copyright protection (generally meaning that they were written prior to the mid-1920s). The focus is on presenting plays that were probably well-known long ago, but are lesser-known today. Some plays are familiar (Shakespeare, Shaw, Ibsen and other great playwrights), Some plays have only familiar titles, and some are revivals of plays that are almost completely unknown. Reading these plays is not only fun, but is a reminder of how many classic yet still relevant plays are out there. Casting is at the discretion of the reading coordinator.
There may be a rehearsal or two for difficult material.

The recording of our last readings of Mine Eyes Have Seen (one of the first scripts written by an African-American playwright that’s still available to us) and The People by Susan Glaspell is now available at https://youtu.be/NegPcFwuQ3Q and on Elmwood’s YouTube page. The cast was Kevin Barksdale, Jeffrey Foote, Liliane Brown, Dora Mighty, Anne Hammond, Jeremy Cazes, Hasan Grey, Bea Pohl, Derek Tarson, and Liana Bekker.

OUR NEXT READING: On August 21, 2021 at 1:00 p.m., the Public Domain Players will present its first in-person reading of Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama, Hedda Gabler, directed by Sam Negin.

Hedda Gabler tells the story of the title character – a daughter of a military general who is trapped in a marriage, a house, and a lifestyle all of which she does not want. A feminist play a century ahead of its time, the play has become a staple of the western theater canon.  The cast is

Hedda Gabler – Robie Livingstone
George Tesman – Sam Negin
Miss Elvstead – Kelly Kirby
Judge Brack – Derek Tarson
Aunt Julianna – Polly Corman
Ejlert Løvborg – John Ade
Berta – Ginny Meissner-Borton
Stage Directions read by Carol Napier

Weather permitting, the performance will take place on the front porch of the playhouse. If the weather does not cooperate, the performance will move inside into the Sorkin Studio.*  The performance will be followed by a talkback with the cast.

*COVID Precautions: If the performance moves inside the Sorkin Studio, seating will be limited to those who can show proof of vaccination.  Capacity will be limited to 15 audience members.  Actors will be unmasked during the performance.  Masks are recommended but not required for audience members.


  • September/October –  The comic classic “She Stoops to Conquer” by Oliver Goldsmith will be read.  More details to follow.

The series is curated by member Derek Tarson.

For more information,
contact our Readings committee via our Contact form