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Sign-Up for one or both of Elmwood’s Reading Series!

Currently these readings are performed via ZOOM until we can safely gather in person again. 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.

Elmwood Playhouse Cold Readings

21st Century Plays

Elmwood’s Cold Reading Series occurs once a month, typically on a Friday evening and is an opportunity to practice cold reading skills, and be exposed to newer works written since 2000. A PDF will be emailed to those participating in the reading. Casting is at the discretion of the reading coordinator but mostly first come, first cast.

Next Reading: Calendar Girls by Tim Firth – Friday, March 19, 2021 7:30 PM 


 Based on the Miramax motion picture by Juliette Towhidi and Tim Firth

When Annie’s husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found family.

February 19, 2021 7:30 PM Detroit ’67 by Dominique Morisseau

It’s the summer of 1967, and the soulful sounds of Motown are breaking records and breaking down barriers. Siblings Chelle and Lank make ends meet by running an unlicensed bar in their Detroit basement, a risky business as police crack down on after-hours joints in black neighborhoods. When Lank offers shelter to an injured white woman, tensions escalate both in their home and in their community—and they find themselves caught in the middle of the violent ’67 uprising. Detroit ‘67 explores a moment rife with police brutality, immense racial divide, and a powder keg of emotions.




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.

NEXT READING: “Andre” by William Dunlap (6m,2f) – the first tragedy written by an American playwright about an American topic, was first performed in 1798 and concerns the hanging of Major John André. The play, which is written in iambic pentameter verse, has local interest since it is set in Tappan, New York in 1780. It takes a sympathetic look at Major John André, who sought to die a soldier’s death, by being shot, instead of a death by hanging, which was the sentence imposed on common criminals.

ACTORS NEEDED – 7 men, 1 woman, and 2 children (1 boy, 1 girl – ages 9-14) – ANY RACE for reading on February 27, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Please email readings@elmwoodplayhouse.com if interested. One or two rehearsals anticipated.


  • Late March/Early April – Two One-Acts: “The Twelve-Pound Look” by J.M. Barrie (1m,2f) and “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell (3m,2f) – both dealing, in different ways, with the empowerment of women.
  • Late April/ Early May“Charley’s Aunt” by Brandon Thomas (6m,4f) – a farce
  • Late May/ Early June“Our American Cousin” (10m,7f) by Tom Taylor – the play Lincoln was watching when he was assassinated.

The series is curated by member Derek Tarson.

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