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 June 25, 2022 at 1:00 p.m., the Public Domain Players will present a LIVE staged reading, which will also be filmed and uploaded to YouTube, of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, as a “prequel” to Elmwood Playhouse’s major production of A Doll’s House, Part 2which will open on July 15, 2022 and run through August 6, 2022.  The goal is to honor this wonderful, groundbreaking 19th Century play, and, at the same time, provide the backstory to Elmwood’s July-August production by giving audiences an understanding of the relationship between Nora and Torvald.

The play involves Nora Helmer, an affluent married woman in a Norwegian town in 1879, who is treated patronizingly by her husband, Torvald — and of the secret she is keeping from him and how events force the disclosure of that secret with life-changing consequences.

The cast is to be announced.

Anyone may attend the reading live at Elmwood Playhouse for free.  Directions are here:  https://www.elmwoodplayhouse.com/contact/directions/

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.)

The series is curated by member Derek Tarson.