Elmwood Playhouse Cold Readings

Looking for opportunities to act?

Want to hear a play out loud?

Interested in newer plays?

Sign up for Elmwood’s Cold Reading Series!

Next Reading: Middletown, by Will Eno, Friday, November 20th at 7:30 pm

Middletown is a thoughtful, surrealistic, Zen-like Our Town look at loneliness and longing in the midst of the homogenous small towns and villages dotting the American map which uses beautiful, but the simple language spoken by archetypal characters whose corollaries could easily list from own acquaintances in “MidWest HamletVillageTown, USA:”

“Middletown. Population: stable. Elevation: same. The main street is called Main Street. The side streets are named after trees. Things are fairly predictable. People come, people go.  Crying, by the way, in both directions.”

Will Eno is a playwright based in Brooklyn, New York. His play, Thom Pain (based on nothing) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 2005. His play The Realistic Joneses appeared on Broadway in 2014, where it received a Drama Desk Special Award and was named Best Play on Broadway by USA Today, and best American play of 2014 by The Guardian. His play The Open House was presented Off-Broadway at the Signature Theatre in 2014 and won the Obie Award for Playwriting as well as other awards, and was on both TIME Magazine and Time Out New York‘s Top Ten Plays of 2014.

Contact: Readings@elmwoodplayhouse.com if interested in Zoom Link.

October Reading: It Can’t Happen Here, by  Sinclair Lewis, adapted by Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen. October 16th, at 7:30 pm.


No Auditions, No Rehearsals!

Elmwood’s Cold Reading Series occurs once a month and is an opportunity to practice cold reading skills, and be exposed to newer works, as a reader or audience member.

Currently these readings are performed via ZOOM. Those interested in reading or viewing can sign up by contacting the Cold Readings via our Contact form. A PDF will be emailed to those participating in the reading.

Everyone and anyone is invited to participate. The series is FREE.

The Cold Reading Series has featured:

  • Airline Highway
  • Sweat
  • In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)
  • Stupid F*$%king Bird
  • Roe
  • By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
  • The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
  • Barbecue
  • The Motherf**ker with the Hat
  • Mary Page Marlowe

The series is curated by member Tiffany M. Card.

For more information on our Cold Readings,
contact our Cold Readings committee via our Contact form