The Word at the RoadAs part of our mission to foster the development of new plays, The Road hosts readings on Mondays at 8pm that are open to the public and tickets are pay what you can. Readings are followed by a talkback with the playwright (if available). Check back often for new additions to the lineup and make sure to follow us for updates and reminders.We are on a hiatus until mid-September. Please check back then.
Into the Gobpile
Join us for a reading of Jennie Webb’s Into the Gobpile on October 14th, 2019 at 8 PM at The Road on Magnolia. This reading is open to the public and tickets are Pay What You Can at the door.
Playwright: Jennie Webb
Director: Laura Stribling
Unsettled by the LA riots, a young woman goes “home” to heal in a place she’s never lived: a small town called Perseverance, in the heart of Southern Illinois Coal Country. Into the Gobpile is a play about lost connections and shifting landscapes.
A History of Stone
Join us for a reading of Gay Walch’s A History of Stone on October 21st, 2019 at 8 PM at The Road on Magnolia. This reading is open to the public and tickets are Pay What You Can at the door.
Playwright: Gay Walch
Director: Susan Diol
It’s Memorial weekend and 37-year old Melissa arrives at her family’s ancestral home to celebrate the holiday. She shows up with good news only to discover a web of entrenched conflict awaiting her. A History of Stone is a family drama which wrestles with the bargains and barters that family members make in the name of love and loyalty but which contain elements of self-sabotage. The play asks, “Even well into adulthood is it ever possible to escape the God-like hold of a parent?”
Against the Rising Sea
Join us for a reading of Kelly Masterson’s Against the Rising Sea on October 28th, 2019 at 8 PM at The Road on Magnolia. This reading is open to the public and tickets are Pay What You Can at the door.
Playwright: Kelly Masterson
Director: Stephen Tobolowsky
Goldie and Lina’s life together comes full circle when their paths collide with a younger version of themselves. A new relationship stumbles, an old one is challenged and a beautiful house in Provincetown becomes the catalyst for this funny and poignant play about what it takes to build a life that is a bulwark against the rising sea.
Road Down the Mountain
Join us for a reading of Jack Canfora’s Road Down the Mountain on November 4th, 2019 at 8 PM at The Road on Magnolia. This reading is open to the public and tickets are Pay What You Can at the door.
Playwright: Jack Canfora
Director: Pavel Cerny
Following a car accident that incapacitated her husband Adam, a legendary rockstar, Julie has spent the last two years as his caregiver on their secluded Wyoming estate, waiting to no avail for the world to lose interest and leave her and Adam alone. Finally, at the urging of her assistant Corey, Julie decides to tell their story to Tom, a journalist with whom she shares a past. Love triangles, secrets, and complex relationships fill this psychological drama by an important new voice in the American theatre.
India Pale Ale
Join us for a reading of Jaclyn Backhaus’ India Pale Ale on November 11th, 2019 at 8 PM at The Road on Magnolia. This reading is open to the public and tickets are Pay What You Can at the door.
Playwright: Jaclyn Backhaus
Director: Tracey Silver
Join us for a reading of Steve Burleigh’s Bethany on November 18th, 2019 at 8 PM at The Road on Magnolia. This reading is open to the public and tickets are Pay What You Can at the door.
Playwright: Steve Burleigh
Director: Judith Moreland
1896. Bethany, Arkansas. The Southern Cross Saloon. Forty days after the lynching of young African American, Samuel Oakes, for allegedly raping the mistress of saloon owner, “Bloody” Bill Honeycutt, African American anti-lynch activist, Ida B. Wells, arrives with her friend “Stagger” Lee Felton to investigate the lynching.
This Bitter Earth
Join us for a reading of Harrison David Rivers’ This Bitter Earth on December 2nd, 2019 at 8 PM at The Road on Magnolia. This reading is open to the public and tickets are Pay What You Can at the door.
Playwright: Harrison David River
Director: Michael Shepperd
Producer: Ray Paolantonio
Featuring: Blake Young-Fountain and Anthony Sorrells.
Jesse, an introspective black playwright, finds his choices called into question when his boyfriend, Neil, a white Black Lives Matter activist, calls him out for his political apathy. As passions and priorities collide, this couple is forced to reckon with issues of race, class and the bravery it takes to love out loud.
Summer Playwrights Festival 10 | July 28th-August 4th
Come celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Summer Playwrights Festival at The Road Theatre, July 28th through August 4th!
Summer Playwrights Festival Submission Info
The Road Theatre’s annual Summer Playwrights Festival has been held every summer since its inception in 2010. This year marks our 10th anniversary and SPF10 will take place from July 28-August 4, 2019. SPF mounts 30-40 staged readings of new plays in 8 exciting days. The festival is now the largest staged reading festival in the nation with playwrights from around the country and around the world participating. Each reading is followed by a talk-back with the playwrights, directors and casts and a reception featuring food, drink and live music in our gallery space and cantina. Readings are held in both our Historic Lankershim Arts Center Theater and Gallery and in our 77-seat theater in the NoHo Senior Arts Colony. Although we receive hundreds of submissions for our festival, new and established playwrights are encouraged to submit.
Past playwrights have included D.L. Coburn, Lisa Loomer, Sharr White, Marisa Wegrzyn, Craig Wright, Wendy Macleod, Lucy Thurber, Mo Gaffney, Keith Huff, Brett Neveu, Scooter Pietsch, Craig Pospisil, Julie Marie Myatt. Guest artists have included Bryan Cranston, Laurie Metcalf, Kathy Baker, Jennifer Tilly, Perry King, Rondi Reed, Tom Irwin, Nancy Travis, Gregory Harrison, Gale Harold, Robert Pine, Michael O’Neill, Harold Gould, and many, many others.
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.
Common Ground: Stories of Transformation
The performance will be held at 8pm at The Road on Magnolia.
Suggested Donation: $15.