Play Readings

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On the last Sunday of each month, (some exceptions) the Guild hosts Play Readings. These are intended to encourage contemporary writers, actors, potential directors and anyone interested in hearing new, old, and sometimes obscure scripts come to life through a reading.

Play readings are presented at no cost to the audience (a hat may be passed around). This all happens upstairs in the Gwen Brown Studio at the Guild at 7 p.m.

A cash bar is also open before and after the readings at the Gwen Brown Studio.

On October 29, 2017 join us for … That Summer by David French

In 1990, a middle aged woman returns to the Ontario resort where 30 years earlier, she experienced her first romantic tryst and the sexual encounter that caused seismic ripples in her family life. A deeply touching play from one of Canada’s most revered playwrights.

On November 26, 2017 join us for … Constellations by Nick Payne

Science and romance collide in this Pulitzer prize winning love story. Marianne and Roland’s relationship unfolds across time and space with each variation sending their relationship on an entirely new trajectory. Starts at 7:00p.m.

On January 28, 2018 join us for … Shorthanded by Michael Grant

A comedy about lost dreams and second chances, Shorthanded explores the trials and tribulations of middle aged men’s lives. Most importantly, it looks at the value of friendship and loyalty, and to how far one would go to ensure that friend’s pursuit of their dreams. Nine men attempt to answer those questions in the dressing room of their small town’s hockey arena. Here they attempt to win back the game seven loss suffered 20 years before. Comedy and pathos unravel as they battle the opposing team and each other in order to redeem themselves. Starts at 7:00p.m.

On February 25, 2017 join us for … August, Osage County by Tracy Letts

A black comedy that has become a modern American classic, this play chronicles the lives of the dysfunctional and estranged Weston family who gather after the disappearance of its patriarch, Beverly. Once reunited, they quickly resort to their old destructive patterns while the newly hired housekeeper bears witness to their antics. Starts at 7:00p.m.

On April 29, 2018 join us for … Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello

A group of actors are preparing to rehearse a Pirandello play. As they start their rehearsal, they are interrupted by the arrival of six characters. Sparks fly and referees are needed. What is real, what is a performance, who is telling the truth, is theatre really the lie that tells the truth? This classic play from 1921 changed the course of much of modern theatre that we see today. Starts at 7:00p.m.

On May 27, 2018 join us for … Arcadia by Tom Stoppard

This tale of two centuries of our shared history caused a huge fuss in 1993 and quickly earned the status of a modern classic. This is the type of play where fighting and fornication happen offstage while all the sparring and intellectual fireworks play out in full view. A sparklingly witty play, Arcadia explores the relationship between past and present, order and disorder, certainty and uncertainty. Starts at 7:00p.m.

On June 24, 2018 join us for … Mom’s the Word by Carson, Daum, Kelly, Nichol, Pollard and Williams (a collective creation)

A hysterically funny and deeply touching play, Mom’s the Word has been a smash hit on five continents. It deals in shocking detail with the the important elements of child-rearing: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Six young mothers lead us through the universal angst of motherhood. Starts at 7:00p.m.

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