Looking for opportunities to act?

Want to hear a play out loud?

Interested in newer plays?

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

Those interested in reading or viewing can sign up by emailing readings@elmwoodplayhouse.com. 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 readings@elmwoodplayhouse.com.


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 January 21, 2023 at 2:00 p.m., the Public Domain Players will present a reading on Zoom of Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan.

A story urging tolerance of others deliciously wrapped with Oscar Wilde’s clever and witty bon mots, Lady Windermere’s Fan revolves around the concerns of Lady Windermere that her husband is so attentive to a Mrs. Erlynne, a woman who is not welcomed in the upper levels of late 19th Century London society, but who has a surprising connection to Lord and Lady Windermere.

The cast is:

Lord Windermere  – Aaron Newcome
Lord Darlington  – Nick Nappo
Lord Augustus Lorton – Arthur Chill
Mr. Dumby  – Michael Del Valle
Mr. Cecil Graham – Ed Van Saders
Mr. Hopper – Derek Tarson
Parker, Butler – Derek Tarson
Lady Windermere – Grace Callahan
The Duchess of Berwick – Elizabeth Mialaret
Lady Agatha Carlisle – Eileen Wilkinson
Lady Plymdale – Carolynn Whitford
Lady Stutfield – Eileen Wilkinson
Lady Jedburgh – Carolynn Whitford
Mrs. Cowper-Cowper – Carolynn Whitford
Mrs. Erlynne – Kimberly Lowden
Rosalie, Maid – Eileen Wilkinson

Anyone may attend for free.  If interested, please email readings@elmwoodplayhouse.com for the Zoom link.

The series is curated by member Derek Tarson.