Each mainstage production features at least two free readings or workshops from our ongoing Scripts in Play Reading Series. All Scripts in Play readings are FREE to the public, but you can reserve seats in advance online.
March 6, 2017 | 7:30 pm | Gunston Arts Center
By Matthew Minnicino
Directed by Charlene Smith
A quirky complement to The Gospel at Colonus, Wreck(s) introduces us to the story of Oedipus from a darkly comic and distinctly contemporary point of view: on her first day on the job, a novice priestess has to break the bad news to the young prince about the awful fate that awaits him. As Oedipus’ tale unravels and the priestess discovers piece after tragic piece of his life, they each wrestle with their perceptions of fate, human misery, and riddles.
March 13, 2017 | 7:30 pm | Gunston Arts Center
By Tirso de Molina
Adapted by Sarah Grunnah, from the translation by Harley Erdman
Directed by Angela Kay Pirko
An ingenious comedy by a giant of Spanish theatre, Jealous of Herself examines desire, deception, and disguise—and it all begins with a love affair between a man and a beautiful hand. The man believes that the veiled woman attached to the hand must be equally stunning, and immediately dismisses his arranged bride-to-be without knowing that the two women are one-and-the-same. In response, the young woman assumes the role of her own alter-ego, creating two selves: one real and visible, the other an unattainable fantasy. Jealous of Herself examines the absurdity of male desire from the perspective of the imagined woman—a surprisingly modern plot that is being told for the first time in nearly 400 years.
The Scripts in Play Reading Series continues last season’s successful month-long Scripts in Play Festival, which yielded world premieres of The Good Devil (In Spite of Himself) and TAME. For information from Resident Dramaturg Maegan Clearwood about how to submit your script for consideration, click here.