All readings are on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm

Readings are free and open to the public

Tickets or reservations are not required

The Roundtable Series is a development workshop focused on public readings of plays in progress. Each session is dedicated to presenting and discussing a single full-length or longer one-act piece. The readings can be seated or staged, are free to attend, and are open to the public as well as the playwriting community. The goal of each gathering is to provide the designated playwright with focused, insightful feedback.

The Roundtable Series is an open workshop for all playwrights from Northeast Ohio. All selections for the Fall 2017 readings were taken from our 2017 Open Call for Submissions.


Rannigan Walsh: Family Tree

Directed by Tyler Whidden

Family Tree is an exploration of the impact of science and DNA testing on a family in present-day America. This new play explores the tragedies that befall this family after a young member dies, with particular emphasis on the relationship of a mother and her daughter.


Cynthia Dettelbach: German Lessons

Directed by Tim Tavcar

As a manufacturer of crucial airplane parts for the Wehrmacht, Jurgen Klaus and his wife Anke are wined and dined by the upper echelons of Nazi society. After a series of troubling incidents involving his Jewish employees, Jurgen decides to help these people, an effort his beloved younger wife seeks to thwart. Once the reasons for her opposition are revealed, her marriage and the lives of a Jewish family hang in the balance.


Edward J. Walsh: Stranded

Directed by Tim Tavcar

Vickie Schultz, a reporter, is not happy. Let go by her newspaper in Cincinnati, she found a new job in New Jersey, leaving behind her family, friends, and a cheating fiancé. Vickie has been told she’ll be assigned to a breaking story about the Mayor and his newly-appointed female Police Chief. Instead, she is suddenly made to cover the arrival of a whale on the New Jersey shore — a huge sperm whale, like Moby Dick. The sooner this whale returns to the ocean or dies, the sooner Vickie can get back to her Mayor’s story. But the struggling whale’s plight won’t be resolved quickly. Vickie’s career ambitions become jeopardized, her past haunts her, and she blames the whale for being too stupid to head for deep water.


Mary E. Weems, Ph.D.: Hey Siri

Directed by Michael Oatman

A Black Iraqi war veteran, a Black agoraphobic, and a white former doll hoarder are saved by their cell phones.