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

Those interested in reading or viewing can sign up by emailing [email protected]. Everyone and anyone is invited to participate. Both series are FREE.

For more information on Cold Reading or Public Domain Players,
contact our Readings committee via our Contact form

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.

NEXT READING – TBD – This series is looking for actors.  If you are interested in participating or viewing 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.

We will continue the practice – started in 2021 and hopefully to be a tradition – of starting the calendar year with a reading of a Shakespeare play.

OUR NEXT READING: On January 22, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. (right after the reading of The Farnsworth Invention), the Public Domain Players will present a Zoom reading of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, and, following a choice made by a production currently running in London at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (part of The Globe Theater Complex), the lead role of the Duke will be cast as a woman:

The city seems overrun with brothels and iniquity, but rather than fix it herself, the Duke decides to temporarily absent herself and leave Angelo, an uptight stickler, in her place. Little does Angelo know that the Duke hasn’t truly left and has instead disguised herself as a friar to keep an eye on the city. In the meantime, Angelo condemns a young man, Claudio, to death for having impregnated his girlfriend, a punishment unheard of when a wedding would have resolved the issue. His sister Isabella, a nun, comes to argue his case and is propositioned by the apparently morally upright Angelo who claims he will free her brother if she gives up her virginity.

The cast will be:
The Duke – Polly Corman
Angelo – Derek Tarson
Escalus / 1st Gentleman – Arthur Chill
Claudio / Friar Thomas  – Sean Coffey
Lucio – Kevin Masback
Provost – John Culver
Pompey – T.B.A.
Isabella – Gabby Galgano
Mariana – Marion Breland
2d Gentleman/ Justice/ Juliet / Messenger/ Friar Peter – Ginny Meisner-Borton
Mistress Overdone (Bawd)/ Francisca / Elbow / Servant – Maxine Bernstein

Anyone may view the reading as it as streamed, by joining the Zoom link here:

Time: Jan 22, 2022 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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The recording of the reading will also be posted (along with recordings of our Zoom readings in 2021) on Elmwood’s YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/c/ElmwoodPlayhouseNY/videos.  (Recordings of our 2020 readings are available at https://www.youtube.com/user/eldiablo427/videos.



  • R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots) by Karel Capek (9m,4f, but genders flexible and transgender actors welcome) – An early science fiction dystopian play (which is where the term “robot” was first coined) that has just recently come into the public domain.

The series is curated by member Derek Tarson.