Fall Roundtable Series

October/November 2017

Staged Readings of New Plays | Free | Tickets or Reservations Not Required

October 17 | 7:00 pm

Family Tree

Written by Rannigan Walsh
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.

October 24 | 7:00 pm

German Lessons

Written by Cynthia Dettelbach
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.

November 7 | 7:00 pm


Written by Edward J. Walsh
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.

November 14 | 7:00 pm

Hey Siri

Written by Mary E. Weems, Ph.D.
Directed by Michael Oatman

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