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.

April 22, 2019, 7:00 pm
Side Man
by Warren Leight
Directed by Richard Van Slyke

Set in 1953 and traveling to 1985, this lovely and poignant memory play unfolds through the eyes of Clifford, the only son of Gene, a jazz trumpet player, and Terry, an alcoholic mother. Clifford narrates the story of his broken family and the decline of jazz as popular entertainment. For Gene, jazz is not just a job; it's his life. When an adult Clifford visits Gene in a rundown jazz club after years of separation, he requests that the old man play his mother's favorite song, the old standard "Why was I Born?" It becomes Clifford's last, heart-breaking plea for his father's love. Winner of the 1999 Tony Award for Best Play!


"Side Man…is an elegy for two things—a lost world and a lost love...[and] evokes their loss with sweet, but never sentimental, poignancy. It has the depth of feeling of an exile longing for home." —NY Daily News

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

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



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