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Here are some more development of works read at THE PGE.


Production of
From A to Double D
By Mandy Murphy

Featured in Volume 43 and 48

From A to Double D (by Mandy Murphy) is the story of one young woman’s life, one bra at a time.

While in a dream-like state, 23-year-old Devon Hayes has become the star of her own auction. With the help of fast-talking auctioneer Don, Devon auctions off her bras from sizes A through Double D while the audience bids for more than just a souvenir. With every bra, a memory of Devon’s is revealed from each of those times of her life, until she wakes up and her unexpected reality sets in.

Performance Dates:
Wednesday July 12, 2017 at 7:00pm
Sunday July 16th, 2017 at 1:00pm

The Connelly Theater

You'll be able to purchase both online and at the door prior to show time (pending availability), and tickets will be $15 each.

More information at double-d

Free Staged Reading of
By Frank Avella

Featured in Volume 39

June 21st at 4pm
The Latea Theater (107 Suffolk)

The Latea Theater at the Clemente is located at 107 Suffolk Street, NYC. (Suffolk is between Rivington & Delancey (near Houston) You can take the F, M, J, Z to Delancey/Essex)

Part of the Planet Connections Festivity.

Based on factual accounts and events, “VATICAN FALLS” follows the life of one survivor who struggles with understanding how those closest to him could damage him the deepest. The non-linear piece probes the conflicting feelings involved in sexual abuse situations and confronts the truth about the Church’s complicity in the scandal. And in a daring turn, the play wonders what would happen if survivors banded together to seek retribution from the Vatican for the decades of abuse. 

The cast features: Alice Barrett Mitchell, Mackian Bauman, Carlotta Brentan, Gregory James Cohan, Gianmarco Colucci, David M. Farrington, Michael Ford, Yvette King, Derek Martin, Jake Austin Robertson and Ian Whitt. Stage Directions will be read by Hunter Goetz. 


More info via:, 973-715-2356 or 

Note: the 2018 World Premiere, in Malta, has been canceled. This marks the third time a World Premiere of the production has been shut down. In 2013, a prominent off-Broadway theatre pulled the plug on the show. And in 2011, the World Premiere of the Italian version was cancelled the night before opening in Rome, after months of rehearsals, amidst controversy and claims of death threat

Reading of
By Adam Parrish

Featured in Volumes 42 and 47

Sunday May 21 @ 2PM
Pearl Studios 500 8th Ave between 35th and 36th
Studio 1214
Free Admission

Cast includes PGEers David Gill, David Kirby, Ari Rosen, Andrew Glaszek, Anthony Aloise. events/1389400771140933/

Encore Reading of
Residual Effects
Written and Read by John Tillotson
Stage Management by C.A. Clark
Presented by Nomad Theatrical Company, Grant Neal, Artistic Director

Featured in Volume 38

Tuesday April 25 @ 7PM
The Ellington Room @ Manhattan Plaza
400 West 43rd Street, Hell's Kitchen, NYC
Free Event

What happens when you move into an apartment located two blocks from the crossroads of the world and find a connection with the space’s previous tenant? After a ten year wait for an apartment at Manhattan Plaza, the nation’s premiere performing arts affordable housing project, a series of fortunate events, plus a little legwork and the US mail, lead to a connection between a middle-aged actor looking at the end of his career and a hundred-year-old actress as he discovers her well-lived life. Ultimately the intersection of these parallel lives has far reaching repercussions, both personal and financial in a life affirming one-person play.

Performance of
Manuel versus the Statue of Liberty
By Noemi de la Puente and David Davila

Featured in Volume 17

Baruch Performing Arts Center
Lexington Avenue and East 25th Street.
March 24, 2017
Tix: $9

TDF #Performeteria - Dramatic Question Theatre (DQT) are presenting 10 minutes of the musical, songs (new and some old faves), and short scenes, with new material, inspired by a new President. This musical comedy about illegal immigration has won 2 NYMF awards, and was a finalist at the O'Neill National Music Theatre Festival. Get a taste of the musical without having to sit through 2 hours of it! Then see more shows and find great OOB theatre companies!

We’re just one of fifteen great reasons to see #PERFORMETERIA. Get your tickets now: performeteria

Staged Reading of
Vatican Falls
By Frank J. Avella

Featured in Volume 39

155 First Avenue, NYC

Monday, February 20th at 7PM AND Tuesday, February 21st at 7PM 

The play features: Cameron August, John Ball, Carlotta Brentan, Gianmarco Colucci, Nevin Edmundson, Andrew Glaszek, Yvette King, Alice Barrett Mitchell, Jake Robertson, Sawyer Spielberg and Ian Whitt. Stage Directions will be read by Devon Talbott. The four songs were composed by Claudio Procopio with lyrics by Frank J. Avella. 

VATICAN FALLS is a non-linear, multi-genre, epic play, based on factual accounts & events, that follows the life of one Catholic sex abuse survivor who struggles with how those closest to him could damage him the deepest. The play wonders what would happen if survivors banded together to seek retribution from the Vatican for the decades of abuse that has gone on (and still goes on). 

“VATICAN FALLS” was set to have its World Premiere in Rome, Italy in 2011 but was cancelled the night before opening amidst controversy and claims of death threats. This event marks the World Premiere of the revised and updated version of the play. 

To RVSP: email or call 973-715-2356.

One Night Performance Of
The Nose
A Preposterous New Family Musical
Book, Music & Lyrics by Kit Goldstein Grant

Featured in Volume 11

THE NOSE is a whimsical new family musical by Kit Goldstein Grant. After his nose jumps off his face and masquerades around St. Petersburg as a high-ranking official, Kovalyov is sent on a crazy journey to regain his sniffer and his social position.

Based on Nikolai Gogol's famous tale, THE NOSE entertains with Russian-flavored music, family-friendly humor, and an eye-popping production, while featuring themes and lessons that resonate from Imperial Russia to modern-day America. 

THE NOSE returns to the famous Master Theater after a sold-out engagement in the summer of 2016, during which the New York Times warned readers, ""you may feel that a part of your body has a mind of its own!""


Thursday, February 23 at 7 PM

Master Theater
1029 Brighton Beach Ave
Brooklyn, New York 11235
Subway: B or Q train to Brighton Beach; 
Bus: B1, B68 to Brighton Beach Ave and Coney Island Ave

Box Office:  (718) 732-3838


THE NOSE is appropriate for people all ages, but will be most enjoyed by those ages 8 and above!

Reading of
Residual Effects
Written and Read by John Tillotson
Stage Management by C.A. Clark

Featured in Volume 38

Thursday February 16 @ 7PM
The Ellington Room @ Manhattan Plaza
400 West 43rd Street, Hell's Kitchen, NYC
Free Event

Reading of
The Cult Play
By Melisa Annis
Directed by Melissa Ross

Featured in Volume 32

January 10th, 6pm
Primary Stages, 307 W38th street, NYC.


Staged Reading of
By Frank J. Avella

Featured in Volume 34

Thursday, November 17th @ 6:30 PM
The Leslie-Lohman Museum
26 Wooster St., NYC

With Mackian Bauman, Ian Campbell Dunn, Alice Barrett Mitchell Remington E. Moses & Ian Whitt. 
Stage Directions: Brian Patterson.

Admission Free. Wine & Cheese Reception.
RSVP: For more info call 973-715-2356

Seth is a 16-year-old boy coming to terms with his sexuality who is bullied at school and taken advantage of by those around him. He crushes on the main bully's brother, who, surprisingly, returns his feelings. Meanwhile, Seth's absent mom has returned and must battle Seth's current guardian, his baseball coach who seems a bit too attached to the boy. As the sequence of events unfolds, Seth becomes more and more alienated and dejected. At the heart of this work is an unapologetic teen love story between two boys.

The author began researching and writing CONSENT one week after Tyler Clementi’s suicide, driven by a deep pain and anger but also a hope that other bullied teens (LGBTQ teens, in particular) would realize that they’re not alone and that being different and unique is a thing to be celebrated, not denigrated.

Reading of
Stuff: A Radio Play
By Mrinalini Kamath
Directed by Colette Robert

Featured in Volume 29

260 WEST 35TH STREET, #203

Elena’s late mother was left a lot of money by a man who died alone, and is apparently no relation. Julius cleans out the apartments of dead people by day while trying to connect with live people at night. Inspired by a NY Times article, STUFF looks at what it is we really want.

The reading is free, but RSVP is necessary: trs/pe.c/10125537

Staged Reading of
The Wrong Box
A Musical Adaptation of the Novel By Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
By Kit Goldstein Grant

Featured in Volume 6 and 34

A mysterious corpse is knocking about Victorian England, and two unscrupulous cousins are desperately trying to find it, except when they’re desperately trying to lose it! It’s a winner takes all race for the family inheritance laced with mayhem, deception, and twists along the way.

The Wrong Box is a musical farce, adapted by Kit Goldstein Grant from the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne. It will be presented at The National Opera Center (330 7th Avenue between 28th and 29th street) on Monday October 3, 2016.

The staged reading will be directed by Christopher Hlinka, with music direction by Matthew Bennis. The cast also features Frank Vlastnik (Broadway: Sweet Smell of Success, Big, A Year with Frog and Toad), Joe Harkins (Ragtime on Ellis Island), Raul Hernandez, Melissa Rose Hirsch (The Bad Years), Andrew Holder, Robin Cameron Lounsbury, Evan Mayer, Angelo McDonough, Christopher Michaels, Chris Collins-Pisano, Daniel Plimpton (The Book Of Mormon First National Tour) , Adrian Rifat, Jordan Silver, Morgan Smith, and Kasey Yeargain.

Tickets for the staged reading are $18. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.

Reading of
Project: Barbara
By John Tillotson

Featured in  Volume 2(Marriage of True Minds), Volume 4 (What We May Be), and Volume 15 (Days We Have Seen)

The Ellington Room @ Manhattan Plaza
400 West 43rd St, 2nd Floor, Hell's Kitchen

FREE No reservation necessary

Presented by The Nomad Theatrical Company, Grant Neale, artistic director

featuring PGE actors: Dave Droxler, Jodie Lynne McClintock and Anne Newhall
with LeeAnne Hutchison,Gene Jones, Todd Licea and Ray Virta (subject to availability)

Reading of
Legends of Texas
By Nilsa Reyna

Featured in Volume 29

Monday, September 19, 2016 @7:00PM
Jack Demsey's
36 West 33rd St. 3rd Floor
New York, NY

Free but you must RSVP at: texas-reads-legends-of-texas- tickets-27263061551

Staged Reading of
By David Gill

Featured in Volume 24 and 29

Monday, September 19th @ 7:00PM
The Playroom Theater
151 West 46th St.

Seating is limited so please RSVP @ events/1079542895462748/

Staged Readings of
The Marriage Equality Plays
By Jeffrey Vause
Directed and Developed by John Tillotson*

Part of the VILLAGE PLAYWRIGHTS' Reading Series
The LGBT Center
208 West 13th Street (Room TBD)
New York, New York 10011


400 West 43rd Street
New York, New York 10036

Featured in Volume 14

With (in alphabetical order)

* members of AEA

It's 2006 and while at a family wedding, committed couple Colin & Morty ponder why they can't marry too...but in 2011, when New York State legalizes same-sex marriage and after their sisters chime in, will they? And what happens in 2013 when DOMA is defeated? Will wedding bells ring at last?

The Nose
A Preposterous New Family Musical
Based on the absurd tale by Nikolai Gogol
Composer, Lyricist, Librettist: Kit Goldstein Grant
Director: Lacy Reily
Music Director: Matthew Bennis
Costume Designer: Courtney Butt
Starring: Ron Orlovsky, Jo Walker, Loulu Luzi, Christopher Michaels, Adrian Rifat, Scott Caron

Featured in Volume 11

Petty bureaucrat Kovalyov has always prided himself on his good looks and laughed at disfigurement in others, but his tune changes when his own nose up and runs away! 

Disguising itself as a higher ranking bureaucrat with fancy uniform and plumed hat, his nose sets out on a mad dash through Petersburg, and Kovalyov finds that whatever the consequences, he must follow his nose. 

THE NOSE won second prize in the Jackie White Memorial National Children’s Playwriting contest and was a finalist in the Helen­-Jean Play Contest. Last fall The Nose was presented in a successful staged reading at the National Opera Center, a developmental reading at The Playground Experiment, and was workshopped at Theater Resources Unlimited.

Part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival
312 West 36TH STREET, New York, New York 10018

Friday, August 5: 1 pm
Saturday, August 6:  11 am
Sunday, August 7:  12 pm

Tickets:  $20
Tickets are at:

Facebook Event:

Performance of
by Autumn Kioti

Thursday, July 14th. 7:30pm
Dixon Place 161a Chrystie Street

Featured in Volume 16

Based in truth, RUN:rabbit is an immersive rollercoaster through mental illness, abuse, and sexual identity. Presented as part of Dixon Place's 25th anniversary LGBTQ festival, a 20 minute excerpt of this full-length, multi-media one-human work-in-progress will play along side works by choreographers Amanda Hunt and Kevin Williamson. 

$15 in advance, $18 at the door, $12 with friends & fam discount

**For my friends and family discount, please contact me with your email address**

Sue Berch 's Performance of
Eat Dessert First 

Wednesday June 22 at 7:00 PM

Featured in Volume 18

at the Laurie Beechman Theatre
Tickets are $25 plus $20 food and/or beverage minimum
Book tickets via

Reading of
The Pet Play
by Noemi de la Puente

Thursday, June 16 at 8 pm
ART-New York
520 Eighth Ave., 3rd Floor

Featured in Volume 25

A comedy about people who love their pets too much. 
Wine and cheese to follow the reading. 
Pls RSVP on Facebook event or through Noemi at


I Don't
by Jeffrey Vause

Wednesday, June 22 at 8 pm
208 West 13th St (LGBT Center), Room 310

Featured in Volume 14

Part of The Village Playwright's "Gay Pride and Prejudice: LGBTQ Stories" evening of staged readings to celebrate Pride at the LGBT Community Center in NYC.

Read by the terrifically talented PGEers Andrew Glaszek & Ari Rossen and is part of 7 short 10 minute readings that evening

$5 donation at the door
Reservations are suggested - contact or 614 285-2515

by Jessica Luck

Thursday, June 9th at 7:30 pm
Playwrights at the Grand
The Grand Bar and Grill
647 Grand St., Brooklyn, NY 11211

Featured in Volume 14

Directed By: Kate Moore Heaney

A group of hard-partying college students is forever changed when one of them gets a job selling knives door to door.

Eric: Nathaniel Dolquist
Jules: Natalie Rich
Carl: Nate Janis
Rob: Steven Wody

More Info

Staged Reading of
Round She Goes
by Karina Richardson

Sunday, June 12th at 5 pm
Intar Theater
500 W. 52nd St.

Featured in Vol 1!

Part of InViolet Theater Company's InProgress New Play Festival! 
RSVP at:
$5 tickets at the door!

A staged reading of
Inappropriate Relationship
by Marcy Lovitch

Tuesday, May 3rd at 6:30pm. 
Primary Stages' ESPA
307 W. 38th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues
15th floor, Studio A

Featured in Vol 8

Inappropriate Relationship follows the events surrounding an unexpected sexual encounter between Marty, a popular male high school teacher and his star 17-year old female student Sabine.  When the situation comes to attention of the school Principal, it throws Marty's life into complete turmoil and the entire school and community into a moral war zone. Was a crime even committed? Is a split-second of bad judgment enough to ruin a man's life forever?
Admission is free and there will be a reception following the reading.
You can RSVP to

Sarah Matusek  EGG & DART       Monday, April 18 @ 6pm   FREE
Pete's Candy Store
709 Lorimer St. (Brooklyn)

Featured at:  Vol 16 & Vol 22

Featuring:  Amanda Campbell, E. James Ford, Zoe Geltman, Laurel Lockhart, Hakim R. McMillan, Indika Senanayak (Bold for PlayGrounders)

Matthew Hardy 's Performance of Bonnets and Bling
Friday 04/08@7:30 PMSaturday 04/09@7:30 PM & Sunday 04/10@2:00 PM 
Featured in Volumes: 3, 6, 11, 15
at the
Madeleine Wing Adler Theater

School of Music
West Chester University
817 South High Street
West Chester, PA
to purchase tickets call 610-436-2266

Sue Berch 's Performance of Eat Dessert First on 3/20 @ 7:00 PM
Featured in Volume 18
at the Laurie Beechman Theatre
Tickets are $25 plus $20 food and/or beverage minimum
Book tickets via

Andy Halliday's Reading of Up The Rabbit Hole on 2/29 @ 7:00 PM
Featured in Volumes 9 and 11

Emily Comisar's Reading of Switzerland on 2/22
Featured in Volumes 1 and 4


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