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2020 Script in Hand Playreadings
Co-Curated and Co-Directed by Anne Keefe and Mark Shanahan

Script in Hand is the Playhouse's play reading series by professional actors who catapult the audience’s imagination without benefit of scenery or costumes. Hear incredible scripts come to life for just $20 per ticket!

Thank you very much for your patience and understanding. The reading of Mrs. Mannerly and The Bat have been postponed and you will find the new dates below. All current Script in Hand members and single ticket buyers will receive an email in the coming weeks with more information. New tickets will be issued for all performances and mailed before the next reading on June 22.


Mrs. Mannerly
by Jeffrey Hatcher

Monday, June 22 at 7PM

A heartwarming, nostalgic and hilarious tale about an unlikely friendship, Jeffrey Hatcher’s autobiographical play recounts his adventures as a ten year old student attending a manners class in Steubenville Ohio in the fall of 1968. Under the tutelage of his demanding teacher, Mrs. Mannerly, Jeffrey learns important life lessons beyond which fork to use at dinner, reminding us all that good manners never go out of style.

Mrs. Mannerly is a hilarious comedy narrated by Hatcher recounting his experiences studying manners and etiquette as a ten year old as taught by a very demanding and controlling teacher … It will have you rolling in the aisles laughing uncontrollably and hysterically.” THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE



Rounding Third
By Richard Dresser

Monday, July 27 at 7PM

The funny, touching and tumultuous journey of two Little League coaches through an entire season, from their first tentative meeting to the climactic championship game.

Don is the tough, blue-collar, win-at-all-costs veteran coach whose son is the star pitcher.  Michael is a newcomer both to the town and to baseball.  He’s a corporate executive who agrees to be Don’s assistant because he wants a special activity with his son, who’s never played baseball before.

Despite their differences, Michael and Don form an uneasy alliance for the benefit of the team.  Over the course of exhilarating victories, heartbreaking defeats, and interminable rain-outs, the two men battle over how to lead the team.  Out of their conflicting philosophies, the real issues of the play emerge: how should we raise our children.



The Bat
by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood 

Monday, November 16 at 7PM

A dark and stormy night. A country estate. A missing fortune. A masked criminal known only as "The Bat" is on the loose, preying upon the wealthy members of Long Island’s East End. But the master thief may have met his match in society matron Cordelia Van Gorder. Gathered in her rented summer home on the very night the Bat will strike again, Cordelia and her guests are in for an evening of murder, mayhem, and madness in a race to unmask the Bat and solve “whodunnit!” All will be revealed in this delightful and well loved comic thriller from The Golden Age of Mystery, written by Mary Roberts Rhinehart, known to adoring fans as “The American Agatha Christie!"




A Sherlock Carol
By Mark Shanahan

Monday, December 14 at 7PM

Moriarty was dead, to begin with. And Sherlock Holmes is a haunted man. But, when a grown up Tiny Tim asks Holmes to investigate the death of Ebenezer Scrooge, the Great Detective must use his gifts to solve a Dickens of a Christmas mystery!  Six actors take on the beloved characters of Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens in this heartwarming and highly theatrical holiday treat for all ages!




All tickets $20

Our physical box office is closed, but our staff is hard at work from home! We are returning emails and messages left on the box office voicemail at (203) 227-4177.  We’ll get back to you as quickly as we can. Please understand that with the high volume of inquiries, it may take up to 72 hours to return emails and messages.


The Script in Hand Playreading Series is sponsored by Michele and Marc Flaster
with support from the White Barn Program of the Lucille Lortel Foundation.


All dates, titles, and artists subject to change

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