Reader’s Theater


Reader's Theater

Ticket Reservations (pay what you wish)

Allens Lane Art Center is thrilled to present a new program for our 2020 season titled Reader's Theater. This program features local writers, directors and actors from our community  to present staged readings of exciting plays that we believe will speak to our audiences.

The readings take place in Allens Lane Theater and will be available to in-person audiences (if current CDC Guidelines allow) as well as a streamed version.  A short Talk Back will follow each reading where the audience will be asked to provide feedback on the work they just saw.

These readings are available with a pay-what-you-wish reservation.



Friday & Saturday, April 9- 10 @ 7:30pm

Presented Virtually online

Adapted and Directed by Josh Hitchens

About the Play:

It is 1917, and the Great War is raging. While recovering from being wounded in battle, Captain Arthur Hastings is invited by an old friend to visit Styles, the family's country estate. It is a family filled with jealousy and secrets, and sure enough, the matriarch is murdered at midnight. Luckily, Hastings runs into Hercule Poirot, the famous Belgian detective, and invites him to solve the mystery.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles is a two-act adaptation of Agatha Christie's first novel, published a century ago in 1920. Written and directed by Josh Hitchens, the play was scheduled to premiere at the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion in 2020 but was cancelled due to the pandemic in the midst of rehearsals. The cast gathers together for a virtual reading, asking the audience to match wits with Hercule Poirot to try and guess whodunnit.

Talk back with Cast and Director to follow this Play streamed online.

Scheduled Readings

All Reader's Theater events will occur on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm.

  • November 6-7 Chekhov's Gun by Anghus Houvouras - VIRTUAL ONLY
  • February 12-13  Talley's Folly by Lanford Wilson - VIRTUAL ONLY
  • April 9-10  Agatha Christie's, The Mysterious Affair at Styles adapted by Josh Hitchens- VIRTUAL ONLY
  • June 4-5- Sex Ed  by Brittany Brewer- VIRTUAL ONLY