Readings

  • The Word at the Road

    As part of our mission to foster the development of new plays, The Road hosts readings on Mondays at 8pm that are free and open to the public. Readings are followed by a talkback with the playwright. Check back often for new additions to the lineup and make sure to follow us for updates and reminders.
    • Oct 8th

      The Spanish Prayer Book

      The reading will be held at 8pm at The Road on Magnolia.

      Playwright: Angela J. Davis

      Director: Lee Sankowich

      Featuring: Allan WassermanLaura GardnerKimberly Alexander, Satiar Pourvasei, Allan Blumenfeld, Ivy Khan, and Cherish Monique Duke

      Historical mystery, a moral dilemma, and matters of the heart converge when a committed atheist inherits a collection of beautifully illustrated fourteenth-century Hebrew manuscripts that bear witness to overlapping Jewish and Islamic traditions, and discovers the books were stolen from a library in 1940s Berlin. Inspired by true events and a late twentieth-century court case, and using images from the books themselves, the play explores the allure of sacred objects, the ethical issues generated by cultural treasures displaced during wartime, and the power of art to forge human connections.  Recently named one of sixteen finalists (from field of over twelve hundred plays) for the Moss Hart and Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative, The Spanish Prayer Book was also named the ATHE Award for Playwriting Excellence 2nd Place Winner, Eugene O’Neill semi-finalist, SETC New-Play Award First Alternate Winner, PlayPENN top 12, Julie Harris Award top 5, and Multi-Stages (NYC) final round selection, among several other honors.

    • Oct 15th

      Our Lake House

      The reading will be held at 8pm at The Road on Magnolia.

      Playwright: David Schwarzman

      Director: Mary Lou Belli

      Featuring: Sam Anderson, Carlyle King, Christina Carlisi, John Gowans, and Christian Prentice

       

      When the Cummings gather to bid farewell to the family lake house, they must face at last a past haunted by death and festering with guilt, jealousy, and remorse.

    • Nov 5th

      Last of the Wild Buffalo

      The reading will be held at 8pm at The Road on Magnolia.

      Playwright: Ryan Patrick Welsh

      Director: Beth Lopes

      Featuring: Tom Knickerbocker, Kate Huffman, Brent Foshee, Brian Graves, Allison BlaizeJune Sanders and Lizzy Kimball.

       

      Last of the Wild Buffalo is a play about how we identify ourselves, the masks we wear, and the people we hurt along the way. Each character is deeply flawed yet yearning for closeness. Tensions rise as everyone in the house exposes the skeletons in each other’s closets. Set over the Christmas holiday where two brothers come together and must sort through decades of resentment, jealousy, insecurity and the wrongs of younger versions of themselves.

  • Playwrights Festival | July 29th-Aug 5th

    The Road’s annual Summer Playwrights Festival is the largest of its kind in the country, featuring 30+ play readings and serving more than 1,000 audience members over just 8 days. Road company members and guest artists interact in lively discussion with audiences following each reading, with live music, food and drinks.

    True to our commitment to develop and promote new voices on the American stage, The Road Theatre Company has gone on to fully produce 20 plays originally showcased during the Summer Playwrights Festival on our main stages.

    The 9th annual Summer Playwrights Festival (SPF9) ran from Sunday July 29 at 8pm through Sunday August 5th. Tickets are only available at the door, and are a suggested donation of $15.

  • Common Ground

    Started in 2018, Common Ground is a new performance series that showcases the talent of our diverse company as they perform original short stories on themes central to our mission. Common Ground is free to the public.