Play/Pen Reading Series
5 Readings. 1 Weekend. Every theater-lovers dream.

Discover 5 bold, new plays from some of the most exciting, on-the-horizon voices in the industry. These are playwrights you should know, sharing their plays in the earliest stages of development. Here’s your chance to be part of a new work’s first steps as we craft the theater of tomorrow.

The Plays / The Playwrights

FRIDAY [7/19] now presented in the Community Room at Hartford 21, 221 Trumbull Street, Hartford CT
[7:30pm] New Love / Adam Szymkowicz (Ars Nova, South Coast Rep, Playwrights Horizons)
While rehearsing a play, two actors fall in love. But the course of true love never did run smooth.

SATURDAY [7/20] now presented in the Community Room at Hartford 21, 221 Trumbull Street, Hartford CT

[2:30pm]  Mentors / Kristen Palmer (New Georges, Soho Rep, Clubbed Thumb, Women’s Project)
Expectant parents, Jenna and Brian are hosting their former theater professor David as he heads to the Berkshires for a job interview. The circumstances surrounding his need for a new position unfurl over drinks and dinner drawing the students and their teacher into a tangle of influence, artistic impulse and desire winding tightly through their present, pasts and futures.
[4:30pm] Last Days of William DaleAurin Squire (This is Us, The Good Fight, Seattle Public Theater,
Barrington Stage)
I met a guy in February 2018. We went out on a few dates, became infatuated with each other, and then he died. I was left with a lot of questions. We weren’t close enough for me to mourn, but we weren’t strangers either. I didn’t know what to do with the unsettled feelings…so I wrote this.

[7:30pm] El BorrachoTony Menses (Two River Theater, Sundance Institute, Ars Nova Play Group)
Raul is sick. Raul has not been taking care of himself. Raul drinks because he always drinks. In his final months, he’s forced to move in with his ex-wife Alma who now has to care for the man she thought she’d never have to see again.

SUNDAY [7/21] at Black Eyed Sally’s*

[4:00pm] Strange FruitJacques Lamarre (I Loved I Lost I Made Spaghetti, Raging Skillet)
based on the book by David Margolick
Haunted by the photograph of a lynching, an unknown teacher writes a poem, and sets it to music.  But how to get it out into the world?  By convincing one of America’s most iconic voices to take it on.

Friday & Saturday: $10 / $5 for subscribers
*Sunday: $45 / $40 for subscribers. Sunday’s ticket includes THE WORKS, a pre-event dinner at Black Eyed Sally’s. Tax + Gratuity are included. Book your “reservation” with us.

See ALL 5 PLAYS:  $65 / $45 for subscribers