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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’s Cold Reading Series occurs once a month, typically on a Friday evening and is an opportunity to practice cold reading skills, and be exposed to newer works written since 2000. A PDF will be emailed to those participating in the reading. Casting is at the discretion of the reading coordinator but mostly first come, first cast.

Next Reading: IN PERSON, May 15, 2021 11:30 AM at Elmwood Playhouse, Front Patio, Evening at the Talk House by Wallace Shawn.

Evening at the Talk House is about an intimate group of writers and actors who reunite to celebrate a collaboration from their past. But the world is now very different and more quietly dangerous. And so are they. As drinks and hors d’oeuvres are consumed, small talk evolves into more sinister topics. “Evening at the Talk House” is a stark reminder that all it takes is complacency to enable the dirty work of an authoritarian regime.
Robert – Kenneth Hatlee
Nellie – Carol Napier
Jane – TBA
Ted – James O’Neill
Annette – Tiffany M. Card
Bill – Scott Schneider
Tom – Joseph Leone
Dick – Arthur Chill
Stage Directions – Ellen O’Neill

April Reading – Heroes of  the Fourth Turning – Friday, April 16, 2021 7:30 PM 

It’s nearing midnight in Wyoming, where four young conservatives have gathered at a backyard after-party. They’ve returned home to toast their mentor Gina, newly inducted as president of a tiny Catholic college. But as their reunion spirals into spiritual chaos and clashing generational politics, it becomes less a celebration than a vicious fight to be understood. On a chilly night in the middle of America, Will Arbery’s haunting play offers grace and disarming clarity, speaking to the heart of a country at war with itself. Email [email protected] for Zoom Link. (The cold reading events are one-time only, free, open to the public and not recorded.)


Justin – Tom Olori
Emily – Dana Duff
Kevin – Michael Serpe
Theresa – Tiffany M. Card
Gina – Susan Beverly
Stage Directions – Carol Napier

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.

NEXT READING: Three One-Acts – all written between 1904 and 1916 – focusing on the empowerment of women.
Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 1:00 p.m
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87345854639?pwd=MEFUcHorazkzaFhQRDBtaTRySTRpZz09
or, by telephone: +19292056099,,87345854639#,,,,*592951#

(1) “The Twelve Pound Look” by J.M. Barrie in 1914 –
A businessman about to be knighted hires a female typist – with whom, it is discovered, he had a connection in the past. The cast is:
Kate – Kelly Kirby               Lady Sims – Luanna Wriston
Sir Harry – Arthur Chill     Tombes – Derek Tarson

(2) “Riders to the Sea” by J.M. Synge in 1904 –
A widow and daughters in Ireland must draw on reserves of strength to deal with the deaths of the men in the family. The cast is:
Maurya – Mara Karg           Cathleen – Nina Lionetti
Nora – Alexa Kelly               Bartley – Steve Bermack
Villagers – Debbie Buchsbaum, Kelly Kirby, Derek Tarson

(3)  “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell –
Two women discover clues to a killing from little things (trifles) and need to determine whether to disclose them or not. The cast is:
Mrs. Hale – Debbie Buchsbaum
Mrs. Peters–Misti Tindiglia    Mr. Hale–Derek Tarson
Henderson – Bruce Pearl             Sheriff – Larry Wilbur


  • Late April/ Early May“Charley’s Aunt” by Brandon Thomas (6m,4f) – a farce
  • Late May/ Early June“Our American Cousin” (10m,7f) by Tom Taylor – the play Lincoln was watching when he was assassinated.

The series is curated by member Derek Tarson.

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