The following three scripts were chosen from amongst this year’s submissions  to be featured in our staged-reading series. Following each staged reading, there will be a guided talk-back with the audience in which the playwright will receive feedback, reactions, and suggestions. The playwrights will then have the opportunity to implement rewrites and changes to their script before regrouping with their cast and crew for a second staged-reading. After the second staged reading, there will be an additional audience talk back(post-show discussion) in which the playwright can see how their changes to the script were received by the audience.


The Peacock Lady
by Lydia Hadfield

Thursday, July 18 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, July 27 @ 7:30pm

The Zimmers plan to open a Civil War themed diner. The Peacock Lady owns the building Bill Zimmer wants for his business. A family secret links their destinies, that when revealed, threatens everything that middle-schooler Parker Zimmer thought she knew about Francis and her family.

About the Playwright: Lydia Hadfield is a playwright/perfomer based in Frederick, MD. Satire and strong characters are her driving interests. She is a regular on the MET Comedy Night’s The Last Hurrah. Lydia earned an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree in literature, writing and theatre at Hampshire College, May 2011.


You Too?
by Taylor Leigh Lamb

Friday, July 19 @ 7:30pm
Thursday, July 25 @ 7:30pm

Liza is a strong advocate for the #MeToo movement. But when a woman comes to her and reveals that the person who assaulted her is someone Liza holds so dear, suddenly all of her beliefs are called into question. Is family more important than justice?

About the Playwright: Taylor Leigh Lamb is a theatre artist living and working in the DMV and surrounding areas. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s in English and a minor in Drama. Taylor has been pursuing her love of theatre since fifth grade, and writing even longer than that.


No, Virginia
by J.D. Sivert

Saturday, July 20 @ 7:30pm
Friday, July 26 @ 7:30pm

Tiffany is planning to throw a Holiday party for her 8 year-old daughter with family, friends and, most importantly Santa Claus.   Juggling everyone’s expectations of a perfect holiday Christmas  holiday party is nothing when it comes to juggling multiple Santa Clauses.

About the Playwright: J.D. Sivert is a company member at Maryland Ensemble Theatre.  His on stage credits include Curse of the Starving Class, Radium Girls, Let the Right One In, Be More Chill, The Pillowman and 1984.  He is an alumnus of the Towson University Theatre Program where he studied playwriting and new play development under Dr. David White.


July 27, 2019 7:30 PM


July 27, 2019 9:00 PM

Fees & Tickets

General Admission

Event Venue


31 W Patrick St