Staged Readings

The staged reading series presents works-in-progress for playwrights developing new scripts. This allows the playwright to hear the words come off the page to the stage. Selected plays are assigned a director who casts the play and negotiates attendance at rehearsals and possible re-writes, if any, with the director.

Audiences can expect actors to read from scripts-in-hand during the performance. Other production elements, including sound, lighting, costumes, and sets, is minimal. Many times, after the reading, the audience is invited to provide feedback about the play to help guide further development of the script.

Staged readings are FREE and open to the public. Reservations are not available. All seating is first-come-first-serve, so arrive early for the best selection of seats. The house opens 30 minutes prior to the start of the reading.

Staged Reading

A Jar of Sea & Sand
By Joseph Sorrentino

Source: Wikimedia Commons. A man diagnosed as suffering from acute dementia. Lithograph, 1892, after a drawing by Alexander Johnston, 1836/1841, for Sir Alexander Morison.

Dates: July 22, 2017
Times: Sat 1pm
Tickets: FREE

Playwright's Synopsis:
A Jar of Sea and Sand is a draft of a new play loosely based on my experiences with my aging parents, especially my father. As I watched his struggles with advanced dementia, I started to question what we, as a family, were doing and what we, as a society, could or should do. Science and medicine are basically keeping us alive long enough to ensure that almost all of us will eventually suffer from dementia or Alzheimer's. There are no easy answers but I wanted to explore some tough questions and options, along with some family dynamics.

The cast:

Paul: Owen Callis
John: Ed Chavez
Sheila: Meredith Gray
Ma: Lorri Oliver
Dad: Ray Orley.

Staged Reading