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". These events are free to attend.


October 21
Silent Sky
By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Miranda Stewart

When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries. 

 

"Lauren Gunderson’s luminously beautiful play Silent Sky is an intellectual epic told on an intimate scale. Bottom line: Heavenly." —Atlanta Journal-Constitution.



December 9
Rose and Walsh
By Neil Simon
Directed by Christian Lebano
Starring SMP favorites Katherine James, Alan Blumenfield, and Alex Wright


Rose and Walsh follows two great literary figures and the depth and consequence of their enduring love. At a beautiful beach house on the tip of Long Island, Rose, a celebrated but near penniless author, receives nightly visits from Walsh, the love of her life and a famous writer himself. Now Walsh must go away forever, but not before securing Rose's financial future with an extraordinary proposal that promises to change everything.

"Simon's old self shines through...it's clear that a sharp wit was behind this play..." - Talkin' Broadway


SPONSORS

Arts for LA LA country arts commission Pasadena Tournament of Roses Sierra Madre Community Foundation The Spero Foundation