Every year, Parallel 45 Theatre invites audiences to a series of free play readings featuring daring playwrights produced around the country and the world. In holding a series of free readings for the greater theatre-loving public, we hope to include multiple voices in important, on-going conversations around race, religion, gender-identity and more. Each reading concludes with a panel featuring artists and community members.
by Duncan MacMillian
Directed by Sarah Bielman
Featuring: Ben Whiting and Sarah Wolf
“Duncan Macmillan’s distinctive, off-kilter love story is brutally honest, funny, edgy and current. It gives voice to a generation for whom uncertainty is a way of life through two flawed, but deeply human, people who you don’t always like but start to feel you might love…bravely written, startlingly structured…” —Guardian (UK).
“…a bracingly dramatic walk through the thicket of couples communication…at once beguilingly modest and rewardingly polished…a smart and stimulating eavesdrop on the modern vocabulary of intimate negotiation.” —Washington Post.
by Joshua Harmon
Directed by Brett Nichols
Winner of the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Play!
"Astonishing and daring. An extraordinarily useful and excruciating satire.” -New York Times
"The nuanced and competing truths in this 90-minute play are like a first act that dares its spectators to create a second out of postshow conversations.”- Time Out New York
"A smart, hilarious and provocative drama."— The Hollywood Reporter
by Clare Barron
Co-directed by Kit McKay and Nick Viox
Featuring: Jan Dalton, Sarah Bielman, Susan Fisher, Linda Osborn, Minda Nyquist, Attia Qureshi, Lesley Tye, Nick Viox, Stacia Sexton, Nan Worthington
"A blazingly original play [...] marvel at how close what you see cuts to the bone." - The New York Times
"I have seen the future, and it is Dance Nation." - The Washington Post
"If you were ever a 13-year-old girl, Clare Barron’s daring, raw Dance Nation will probably hit you hard...It’s a brave, visceral, excitingly off-kilter barbaric yawp of a play. And it gets at something excruciatingly tender: the burden of modesty on young American women." - New York Magazine