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!

January 18, 2020 – Reading has been canceled due to snow. Next Reading February 15th. 

ALL THE WAY, by Robert Schenkkan

All the Way depicts President Lyndon B. Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr.’s efforts to maneuver members of Congress to enact and support the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Readings are free and open to the public. 


L.B.J. – Michael Edan
M.L.K., Jr. – Hasan Grey
Ralph Abernathy – Tyease Levers
Roy Wilkins/Aaron Henry – Bea Pohl
Stokely Carmichael – TBD
Hubert Humphrey/ Strom Thurmond – Derek Tarson
J. Edgar Hoover/ Robert Byrd/ Robert McNamara – John Anderson
Walter Jenkins/William Colmer – Lee Shulz
Richard Russell/Emanuel Celler/ Jim Martin – Mike Daly
Paul Johnson- James O’Neil
Stanley Levison/John McCormack/Seymore Trammel/ Edwin King – Denise MacLean
Cartha “Deke” Deloach/ Howard Judge Smith/ Everett Dirksen/ Carl Sander – Cass McVety
George Wallace/ James Corman/ Joseph Alsop/ Mike Mansfield/ Walter Reuther- Art Chill
Bob Moses/ David Dennis- Anthony Mastand
Lady Bird Johnson – Lori Federico
Katherine Graham/Katherine St. George – Kit Colburn
Coretta Scott King/Fannie Lou Hamer – Tracey McAllister
Secretary/Lurleen Wallace/ Muriel Humphrey – Sondra Markim

Stage Directions – Tiffany M. Card


Elmwood’s Cold Reading series occurs once a month on Saturday’s at 11:00 am in the Tarson Studio at Elmwood Playhouse and is curated by member, Tiffany M. Card.

No auditions, no rehearsals!

Interested actors can sign up to read by contacting the Cold Readings committee via our Contact form. Plays and cast are chosen based on amount of actors available. A PDF will be emailed to those participating in the reading. Actors are asked to either print the play or read from their electronic device. Bagels and coffee are provided.

This is an opportunity to practice cold reading skills, be exposed to newer works, as a reader or audience, and a way for Play Selection Committee or directors to hear something they might want to consider for the next year.

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
  • The Humans
  • Roe
  • The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
  • For the Love of (or the Roller Derby Play)

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