When WRP introduced the $5 Play Reading Series debuting in 2019, our purpose was twofold: we wanted to offer WRP audiences an opportunity to hear new or seldom produced works, and we were looking for a vehicle to “audition” plays under consideration for future production on the main stage. The first season’s repertory offered drew from a broad range of classic and “soon to be classic” plays: Noel Coward’s Private Lives, Richard Greenberg’s Eastern Standard, Joe Gilford’s Finks, Deborah Zoe Laufer’s Sirens, and Theresa Rebeck’s Dead Accounts.
Audiences for the series has grown steadily, from a handful of guests for Private Lives and peaking with almost full houses for Finks and What the Butler Saw (2020). Sadly, the Covid-19 pandemic cut the 2020 season short, but WRP is already moving ahead with plans for 2021-22, and we look forward to breaking out the music stands and binders for another season of both premieres and classics for your listening pleasure.
Funded in part by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council, the $5 Bucks Series is an important component of WRP’s stated mission to to engage, inspire, entertain, and challenge audiences, by celebrating the essential power of theatre created by local artists.
$5 Play Reading Series Coordinator