Off the Page Reading Series
Join us for Off the Page, our series of monthly staged play readings on Mondays at 7 pm! Several shows have gone on to be full Sierra Madre Playhouse productions, including The Immigrant, The Gin Game, and Tuesdays with Morrie. Our upcoming production of Silent Sky was previously performed through Off the Page. These events are free to attend.
Monday, May 4, at 7 pm
By Stephen Sachs
Directed by Emily Chase
Maude, a fifty-something unemployed bartender living in a a trailer park, has bought a painting for a few bucks from a thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she's now convinced it's a lost masterpiece by Jackson Pollock worth millions. But when world-class art expert Lionel Percy flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he has no idea what he is about to discover. Inspired by true events, this hilarious and thought-provoking comedy-drama asks vital questions about what makes art and people truly authentic.
"A triumph! Hugely gratifying! An absorbing, hilarious two-hander about the nature of art and the vagaries of human perception." - Backstage
Monday, April 27, at 7 pm
The Human Comedy
By Thom Babbes
Adapted from the novel by William Saroyan
Directed by SMP Artistic Director Christian Lebano
Set in warfront America 1942, this coming-of-age tale tells the story of Homer Macauley, a 15-year-old boy who delivers telegrams at night to make money for his family. During the course of two days, Homer grows from an idealistic boy to a mature young man as he struggles with the unfairness of the world around him and the pain of families to whom he delivers the War Department's death notices. But in the midst of the decaying idealism of small town America, and the loneliness of growing up, Homer finds hope in humanity through Mr. Grogam, the old alcoholic telegrapher and Mr. Spangler, the manager of the telegraph office who becomes a father-figure. In these men, Homer learns to see the goodness in people no matter how desperate or broken they may be. He also finds the true meaning of home. In the end, it is a timeless American tale that celebrates our common decency. In our present society that is so divisive, The Human Comedy has a lot to how us about our humanity and the important things that bring us together.
"I thought a fellow would never cry when he got to be grown up, but it seems as if that's when a fellow starts." - Homer Macauley
Monday, May 18, at 7 pm
The Adding Machine
By Elmer Rice
Adapted and Directed by SMP Artistic Director Christian Lebano
Starring Alan Blumenfeld and Katherine James
Welcome to the cheerless world of Mr. Zero, a numbers-crunching office drone, 35 years on the same job, whose home life is equally depressing because of his incessantly badgering wife. Things get much worse for him when he is suddenly informed that he's to be replaced by an adding machine. In a flash, Zero murders his boss and is tried, convicted and executed. But his misery does not end at death.
"Elmer Rice's 1923 landmark expressionist satire could well have been written last year. Racism, sexual harassment, corporate greed and downsizing are all issues the play humorously essays." - LA Weekly
Monday, June 15, at 7 pm
The Realistic Joneses
By Will Eno
Directed by Scott Alan Smith
Starring SMP Artistic Director Christian Lebano
Meet Bob and Jennifer Jones and their new neighbors, John and Pony Jones, two suburban couples who have even more in common than their identical homes and their shared last names. As their relationships begin to irrevocably intertwine, the Joneses must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities.
"Plays as funny and moving, as wonderful and weird as The Realistic Joneses, by Will Eno, do not appear often on Broadway. Or ever, really." - The New York Times