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Want to hear a play out loud?

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 3rd Season of the Cold Reading series will end with: The Inheritance, Part Two, Saturday, July 31, 2021, 10:30 AM, in-person. Stay tuned for the 4th Season of the Cold Reading Series starting September 18, 2021, at 11:00 AM with Lauren Gunderson’s The Book of Will. 

PRIDE Reading: The Inheritance, Part One, Saturday, June 12, 2021, 10:30 a.m. 

We are celebrating PRIDE! The Cold Reading Series will read both parts of The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez. This play examines love between gay men in contemporary New York a generation after the AIDS epidemic. It asks what the current generation owes to its forebears and is based on Howards End by EM Forester.

Cast: Ken Hatlee, Tom Olori, Aaron Newcome, Ken Laboy Vasquez, John C. Anderson, Sam Negin, Jospeph Cobb, Michael Serpe, Charles Scatamacchia, Michael Coyle, Derek Tarson, Michael Edan, and Margaret Young.

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.

OUR NEXT READING:On July 3, 2021 (Perfect for Independence Day Weekend) – Two one-acts exploring the ideas of our nation and the free press.


Mine Eyes Have Seen by Alice Dunbar-Nelson – One of the first scripts written by an African-American playwright that’s still available to us.  The play addresses the question of what socially disadvantaged people owe to their country when the country doesn’t seem to offer very much to them.

Dan – Kevin Barksdale
Chris – Jeff Foote
Lucy – Liliane Brown
Julia – Dora Mighty
Mrs. O’Neill – Anne Hammond
Jake – Jeremy Cazes
Bill Harvey – Hasan Gray
Cornelia Lewis – Bea Pohl
Stage Directions read by Derek Tarson

“The People” by Susan Glaspell – How does a failing newspaper serve the people best?

Ed – Hasan Gray
Oscar – Kevin Barksdale
The Artist – Jeremy Cazes
Sara – Liliane Brown
Tom – Jeff Foote
The Woman – Liana Bekker
Earnest Approach – Dora Mighty
Light Touch – Anne Hammond
The Boy – Jeremy Cazes
The Philosopher – Derek Tarson
The Anarchist – Bea Pohl
The Man – Jeff Foote
Stage Directions read by Derek Tarson

The reading is free and anyone can attend using this Zoom link:

Topic: Public Domain Players Reading – Mine Eyes Have Seen / The People
Time: Jul 3, 2021 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Meeting ID: 896 7627 6925
Passcode: 340431
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  • August 21, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. –  The classic “Hedda Gabler” by Henrik Ibsen will be performed in person at Elmwood Playhouse, playmastered by Sam Negin.  More details to follow in July.

The series is curated by member Derek Tarson.

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