Free Reading Series

Join us for Off The Page, our series of free monthly staged readings of plays
Donations are gratefully accepted, to help defray royalties.

 
 
September 24, 2018 at 7PM
Butterflies are Free
by Leonard Gershe
Directed by Bill Mesnik
 
Young Don Baker, the hero of his mother's children's book series, "Donny Dark" has been blind since birth, his overprotective mother following his every move. Don finally decides to take his own apartment in Manhattan and pursue his songwriting ambitions. When she meets his kooky neighbor, sexy actress Jill, Mrs. Baker's controlling instincts go into overdrive with hilariously touching results.

"A lovely play. It is funny when it means to be, sentimental when it is so inclined, and heartwarming." - New York Daily News

October 22, 2018
The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez
Directed by C. Julian White
 

It is April, 1865. The Civil War is over, slaves are being freed, soldiers are returning home and in Jewish homes, Passover is being celebrated. Into the chaos of war-torn Richmond comes Caleb DeLeon, a young Confederate officer who has been severely wounded. He finds his family's home in ruins and abandoned, save for two former slaves, Simon and John, who wait for the family's return. As the three men wait for signs of life to return to the city, they wrestle with their shared past, the bitter irony of Jewish slave-owning and the reality of the new world in which they find themselves.

 

"Emotionally potent... We are in the hands of a playwright who wants to mess with our viscera." - The New York Times


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