Past Readings

MARCH 26, 2021

Finding the Girls

by Cris Eli Blak

Nia and Sierra are sisters. Sierra is a celebrity and Nia is her assistant. creating a clear rift between the two. When a family tragedy strikes, the two learn more about where they come from and more about each other. Meanwhile, in the past, their father must reckon with his decisions and the way in which he chose to live. This is a story about people having to decide whether they are good, and if it is too late to change. It is a story about family, about pain, about regret, about shame, about the people we are and the people we try to be. It is a story about then, and it is a story about now. It is a story about finding ourselves and what happens when we are lost..

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Content Warning: Adult language, drug use, self harm, sexual violence, mental illness

CAST & CREW

Cris Eli Blak is an award winning and internationally produced writer for the page, stage and screen. His work has garnered him a Bronze Remi from the Worldfest Houston International Film and Video Festival, the Christopher Hewitt Award in Fiction, a Pushcart Prize nomination and honors from Vectis Radio, Negro Ensemble Company, Clocktower Players and A is For. His work has been produced, performed and/or published around the world, from Off-Broadway (Urban Stages), Regional (Cleveland Public Theatre), Collegiate (Columbia University, Academy of Arts University and Wellesley College), London (The Quean’s Theatre), Australia (Melting Pot Theatre), and Ireland (Eva’s Echo). He continues to strive to create work that reflects the world that we live in, with all of its different and diverse colors, creeds and cultures.

Follow Cris on Instagram: @criseliblak

FEBRUARY 26, 2021

Dorm #5

by Amy Dellagiarino

A nihilistic look at college life, Dorm #5 follows the misadventures of a group of college students after the sudden death of one of their own. Did one of them do it? Or, more importantly… does anyone even care? A dark comedy about grief, loss, and ghosts.

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Content Warning: Adult language

CAST & CREW

Playwright Amy Dellagiarino

Amy Dellagiarino is an award winning playwright and screenwriter whose work has been produced in LA, New York, Chicago, and her home state of Virginia. Her play The Value of Moscow was nominated for a 2019 Stage Raw Award for Best Playwriting and was published through Steele Spring Stage Rights. Her comedy feature film Freelancers Anonymous won the 2018 NCGLFF Audience Award for Best Women’s Feature, was a recipient of the Frameline Completion Fund Award, and earned the Reframe Stamp for gender balanced media along with such films as The FavouriteCan You Ever Forgive Me, and Crazy Rich Asians. Her short play The Misfit Mantra won Best Comedy at 2Cents Theatre’s 2018 INK Fest. She has participated in developmental readings of several of her plays with noted LA theatre companies such as Sacred Fools, Theatre of Note, Rogue Machine, and The Blank Theatre Company, and has currently developed her seventh full-length play, Hello, My Name Is… with Moving Arts Theatre as part of their MADLab Play Development Series. She is the resident playwright with Dark Horse Theatre Company in Virginia. She earned her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Visit www.amydell.com for more information.

JANUARY 29, 2021

Atlas, the Lonely Gibbon

by Deborah Yarchun

A dark comedic thriller set in the future. Irene, a former journalist, struggles to find autonomy in a now mindless job editing AI-generated articles, an increasingly challenging marriage, and in an apartment potentially being targeted by hacker.


CAST & CREW

Deborah Yarchun‘s plays have been developed with the Civilians, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The New Harmony Project, Jewish Plays Project’s OPEN Festival, The Great Plains Theater Conference, Jewish Ensemble Theater, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, The Playwrights’ Center, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, TheatreSquared’s Arkansas New Play Festival, the William Inge Center for the Arts, WordBRIDGE, and Workhouse Theater Company, and produced at places including Amphibian Stage Productions, Fusion Theatre, Theater Master’s National MFA Playwrights Festival, EstroGenius Festival, the Minnesota Fringe, the Philadelphia Fringe, The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival, Playwrights Horizons’ Peter Jay Sharp Theater by Young Playwrights Inc., and Williams Street Repertory Theatre. Deborah’s honors include two Jerome Fellowships at The Playwrights’ Center, a Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellowship, an EST/Sloan Commission, Dartmouth’s 2020 Neukom Literary Arts Award for Playwriting, The Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, the Kernodle New Play Award, the Richard Maibaum Playwriting Award, and Women in the Arts & Media Coalition’s 2019 Collaboration Award. Her play GREAT WHITE was an Honorable Mention for the Relentless Award. She was recently a playwright-in-residence at the William Inge Center for the Arts and a member of the Civilians’ R&D Group. Deborah earned her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. You can learn more about her work at DeborahYarchun.com

DECEMBER 18, 2020

Die, Mr. Darcy, Die!

by John Morogiello

A young woman gives up on men because they can never live up to the hero of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, particularly his embodiment by Colin Firth.


CAST & CREW

John Morogiello is the artistic director of Best Medicine Rep in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  His plays include Engaging Shaw (Old Globe, American Players, Vienna’s English Theatre, Abingdon Theatre Company off-Broadway, et al), Blame It On Beckett (Abingdon, Colony Theatre in Burbank, et al), Men and Parts (Actors Theatre of Louisville, et al), Play Date (Oldcastle Theatre Company, Best Medicine Rep), and The Consul, The Tramp, and America’s Sweetheart (Oldcastle, Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills, Jerusalem Khan Theatre, et al). 
www.johnmorogiello.com

NOVEMBER 20, 2020

Deer Island

by Brian David Walker

Six lives converge over the future of a stretch of highway that may have a unique and highly intelligent deer population living within its borders. A dark play about friendships, identity and the encroachment of the little bit of land that our wildlife have left.

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Content Warning: Adult Language, Sexual Content, Infant Loss

CAST & CREW

Brian David Walker’s plays include Deer Island, American Coot (2018 O’Neil
semi-finalist, 2018 Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Award), High Tide (2017 O’Neil semi-finalist, Orlando Shakespeare’s PlayFest semi-finalist and PlayPenn finalist), POST, dirty sexy derby play, Great American Sex Play, Shot Me Down and The Kings.  Brian’s plays have been seen in theatres across America and Australia.  His play DOG was the winner of the 2013 Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Award and his play CPR on the Lost Continent was the winner of the 2015 award.  His ten minute play Hero Worship was a finalist for the 2014 Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville, his play Gamers4Life was a finalist for the 2015 prize.  Brian was a member of Nashville Repertory Theatre’s 2012-2013 Ingram New Works Lab residency with mentor Theresa Rebeck and his full length play The Friend Factory was part of their New Works Festival in May 2013.  He has also had plays developed at Cincinnati Lab Theatre (2020), Actors Workshop Louisville (2016), Theatre [502] (2014/2015), UP Theatre Company (2014), Capital Stage’s Playwrights Revolution (2014), Last Frontier Theatre Festival (2012) and Great Plains Playwrights Conference (2009).  He was awarded the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship Emerging Artist Award for playwriting by the Kentucky Arts Council in July 2010.  He is a member of The Dramatists Guild and is the founder and co-director of Derby City Playwrights, a new play development lab for Louisville playwrights.  He currently serves as the Kentucky Regional Rep for the Dramatists Guild. 
www.derbycityplaywrights.org

OCTOBER 30, 2020

The Girl Who Lived

by David Meyers

Anna Larsen is a 25-year old ballet dancer who refuses to give up on her dreams of career, love, and a fairy-tale ending. But when she becomes paralyzed in a car accident, Anna is forced to consider whether those dreams are still possible – or if they were ever possible to begin with.
As she learns how to adjust to the physical realities of her new life, Anna is also forced to re-examine the relationships with those closest to her – and herself. A play about independence, resilience, and Harry Potter.

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Content Warning: Adult Language, Sexual Content

CAST & CREW


David Meyers’
 plays have been produced regionally across the country, and his pilots have been pitched at Netflix and Paramount. As an actor, he’s worked with FOX, BET, Lifetime, Danny DeVito, and more.
www.Bloomywood.com

SEPTEMBER 25, 2020

Closing Argument

by John Scavone

The Woodwards’ adopted daughter, Elizabeth, is missing; Paula has hidden her away. The girl’s original family wants her back, and a court hearing has been ordered to decide the issue, but Paula isn’t taking the slightest chance that she could lose the case, and thus, her daughter. As an attorney for the State, Alan is deeply devoted to his job and the letter of the law, but now finds he must choose between that devotion and his family. Legal arguments and procedure mesh with a domestic battle, in which morality, the law and their marriage are put on trial.

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Content Warning: Adult Language

CAST & CREW

John Scavone was born in New York, grew up in New Jersey and came of age in Chicago’s Off-Loop theaters. Following a thirty year career as a stage manager, technical director, prop master and carpenter, he is now living and writing in Wisconsin. Other plays include Unto Dust, Nor Iron Bars a Cage, An Imperfect Storm, The Weed Garden, Fortune’s Fools. They can be found at The New Play Exchange.

AUGUST 28, 2020

Abraham and God Play Ping Pong

by Erin Gruodis-Gimbel

In the wake of the biggest betrayal of his life, Abraham’s faith in God is shaken forever. In the wake of a delicious snack, God’s faith in himself may not be what it seems. In an exploration of faith, the stages of grief, and the rules of cards, the story of Abraham and his infallible God takes a left turn from the Torah and veers into territory that no one ever thought to chart.

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Content Warning: Adult Language

PRESS:Drew Student’s Play to Get a Virtual Staged Reading

CAST & CREW

Erin Gruodis-Gimbel is a playwright, actor, and dramaturg currently pursuing her BA in Theatre Arts at Drew University. She has recently worked with GlimmerGlobe Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (where she just finished her tenure as an acting apprentice), Alliance Theatre, Everyman Theatre, and the Virtual Theatre Collaboration. She would like to offer her most sincere thanks to WSRT for this amazing opportunity!

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