Palm Beach Dramaworks Hosts Weekly Virtual Play Readings

The Drama(in the)works series keeps the love of the theater alive via Zoom.

Hannah Benitez, Bruce Linser, Caleb Scott, Jennifer Jones, Gabriella Estabrook, and Kenneth Kay conduct a “talkback” about Benitez’s play “Death Benefits.”

When audiences can’t go to the theatre, the theater shall come to them.

To accommodate social distancing protocols and state-mandated closures, Palm Beach Dramaworks moved its weekly Drama(in the)works play readings to the digital sphere. The  free, virtual version of the popular series will continue on Zoom every Monday night through June 22, beginning at 7 p.m. To reserve spots in the weekly Zoom sessions, viewers can register on the organization’s website. For the fans who can’t view the sessions live, recordings of the presentations will be available on Palm Beach Dramaworks’ YouTube page through Thursday of the same week.

Drama(in the)works presentations get audiences involved in selecting the plays that will be included in the 2021 New Year/New Plays Festival. Each reading is followed by a “talkback,” and the audience’s feedback is integrated into Producing Artistic Director William Hayes’ selection process. In the virtual version, viewers may contribute to the talkback by entering their question or comment in the Q&A section at the bottom center of their screen.

Play Reading Schedule:

May 18

Charlottesville by Catherine Bush

When Civil War reenactor Curtis Jenkins is accused of being racist, he begins a fantastical journey through American race relations. As the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally explodes into violence, Curtis must confront the truth about his family legacy and his own beliefs.

May 25

Household Spirits by Mia McCollough

A newly blended family spends a holiday in their fancy but haunted home, along with a life-sized rag doll which acts as both a keeper and revealer of family secrets. A dark comedy about mental illness, alcoholism, and household spirits.

June 1

Snow Leopard by Anne Adams

When Angel returns home at the height of her success, she discovers her lifelong friend Ray fighting for survival. But the balance of power shifts when Angel needs a favor, compelling both women to re-examine their choices and their lives.

June 8

Teach by Donna Hoke

Ten years ago, Ken and Chris were teacher and student. Now, they are principal and teacher, and a conflict with a student forces Chris to confront both past and present. A fascinating exploration of gender, power, and perception.

June 15

The Mar Vista by Yehuda Hyman

His mother’s death propels Yehuda on a journey to explore her romantic past. As he uncovers the secrets and lies of her loves and losses, his perceptions of her collide with who she really was.

June 22

The Prey by Gina Montet

A tale of beauty, love, and murder in the heart of the Everglades. Set in 1912 and inspired by actual events, the play is a chilling interpretation of one of Florida’s most notorious killings.

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