Reader’s Theater

Local writers, directors and actors from our community present staged readings of exciting new plays that we believe speak to our audiences


All Reader’s Theater events are on Saturdays at 7:00pm.

The readings take place in the Theater at Allens Lane Art Center and are available to in-person audiences.  A short Talk Back with the playwright, director, and actors will follow each reading where the audience is invited to ask questions and to provide feedback on the work they just saw. These readings are available with a pay-what-you-wish reservation.

Six Conversations About Father Fay

Written by Joe Lex
Directed by Dakota Adams
Friday, January 27, 2023, at 7:00pm

Buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Father Cyril Sigourney Webster Fay was a heavily-perfumed cross-dressing corpulent near-albino gay Catholic priest who directly influenced many of the most prominent figures in early 20th-century history, including Pope Benedict XV and F. Scott Fitzgerald. One actor portrays multiple characters to bring Father Fay’s incredible true story to life.

The Erlking’s Daughter

Written by Chris Braak
Directed by Ryan Walter
Saturday, October 22, 2022, at 7:00pm

Aubrey and Ellie are two sisters trying to start a new life and escape from their emotionally abusive childhood. They are both haunted by specters from their past which take the form of figures from a series of books they wrote together when they were children. Together, they struggle to free themselves from the legacy of predation they thought they had left behind.

Covid-19 Safety

As we monitor the status of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Allens Lane Art Center Theater has decided on the following guidelines to best ensure the safety of our audience members and performers on stage while also expanding our seating capacity to better serve our community.

2022-2023 Season Guidelines

  • No eating or drinking (other than water) will be permitted in the theater.
  • Performers and staff will be fully vaccinated.
  • Audience members are no longer required to show proof of vaccination, however, masks are required for all audience members while inside the theater.

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