Off the Page Reading Series

Join us for Off The Page, our series of monthly staged play readings! Several shows have gone on to be full Sierra Madre Playhouse productions, including "The Immigrant", "The Gin Game", and "Tuesdays with Morrie".

Donations gratefully accepted to help defray royalties.

May 20, 2019, 7:00 pm
Coastal Disturbances
by Tina Howe
directed by Stasha Surdyke

Holly, who is escaping her troubled life in New York, has come to stay with her aunt, artist M.J. Adams whose home is on a private beach on the north shore of Massachusetts. She meets Leo, the beach lifeguard, who is getting over a failed romance. Just as their romance begins, Holly's estranged boyfriend arrives. This charming ensemble play follows four generations of vacationers on a Massachusetts beach. 'Coastal Disturbances' is a meditation on love, but with sharp-edged shards.

 

"Whosoever's heart this play does not break, whosoever's soul it does not enthrall, may just lack those organs." - New York Magazine


June 17, 2019, 7:00 pm 
Book of Days
by Lanford Wilson
directed by Christian Lebano

Reminiscent of Thornton Wilder’s Our TownBook of Days is about the people of a small Missouri town confronted by a violent death and forced to reconsider the truths they thought they knew. When the owner of the cheese plant dies mysteriously in a hunting accident, Ruth, his bookkeeper, suspects murder. Cast as Joan of Arc in a local production of Shaw's St. Joan, Ruth takes on the attributes of her fictional character and launches into a one-woman campaign to see justice done.


Won the 1999 Best Play Award from the American Theater Critics Association. 
 

“A significant addition to the Lanford Wilson canon … Book of Days manages to combine Wilson’s signature character-based whimsy with an atypically strong narrative book and politically charged underpinnings.” – Variety


July 29, 2019, 7:00 pm
Light Up the Sky
by Moss Hart
Directed by Barbara Schofield

August 26, 2019, 7:00 pm
A Thousand Clowns
by Herb Gardner
Directed by Cate Caplin

This benchmark of Broadway comedy produced one of the theatre's most beloved roles: unconventional Murray Burns, uncle to precocious nephew, Nick. Tired of writing cheap comedy gags for "Chipper the Chipmunk", a children's television star, Murray finds himself unemployed with plenty of free time with which to pursue his...pursuits. Lectured by his conventional brother Arnold and hounded by "the system", Murray is paid a visit by bickering, uptight social workers, Sandra and Albert, and finds himself solving their problems as well as most of his own.
 

“Filled with laughter and warmth and sweetness and inspired daffiness. One of the quintessential New York comedies." - New York Daily News


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