"Off the Page" Free Reading Series

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

Donations gratefully accepted to help defray royalties.

February 25, 2019, 7:00 pm
Intimate Apparel
by Lynn Nottage
Directed by Michael Kachingwe

In 1905 New York, Esther, a Black seamstress, lives in a boarding house for women, and sews intimate apparel for clients who range from wealthy white patrons to prostitutes. One by one, the other denizens of the boarding house marry and move away, but Esther remains, lonely and longing for a husband and a future. Her plan is to find the right man and use the money she's saved to open a beauty parlor where black women will be treated as royally as the white women for whom she sews.

Winner of the 2004 New York Drama Critics Circle and the Outer Critics Circle Awards.


"…a deeply moving portrait of Esther, a middle-aged African-American woman…Nottage's play has a delicacy and eloquence that seem absolutely right for the time she is depicting…” - Variety

March 25, 2019, 7:00 pm
Sly Fox
by Larry Gelbart
Directed by Christian Lebano

To tickle the humor of today's audiences, Ben Jonson’s Volpone has been moved from 17th century Venice to turn of the century San Francisco. Volpone is now Foxwell J. Sly and he is the same scheming, rapacious miser bent on extracting fortunes from a trio of rich, greedy opportunists. Sly, pretending to be on his death bed, says he will name each of the three as his sole heir. The extent that the trio will go to acquire Sly's fortune knows no bounds.


"Pure comedy based on pure greed. It is full of pure laughs." - NBC

April 11th, 2019, 7:00 pm
Little Women 
by Louisa May Alcott
Directed by Christian Lebano


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



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