To the actors, apprentices, staff, volunteers and especially the generous hosts of our Fall Reading Series - Carole Morse, Anthony Effinger and Diana Bianco, Molly and Andy Blauvelt, Isabel Sheridan, Ann Singer and Judy and Greg Kafoury - thank you for all you contributed to bring these three new works to Portland Playhouse patrons.

From patrons and donors we've known for many years to those of you who had your first Portland Playhouse experience during this series - thank you for being an important part of bringing these new works to a larger audience.

Thank you to Gretchen Corbett and Nikki Weaver for curating these special events.

If you appreciate seeing new work and would like to see work like this continue, please consider making a donation


Supporters of Portland Playhouse are opening the doors to their artistic and personal homes to invite performers, playwrights and patrons in for an intimate evening of new play readings by female playwrights followed by an open discussion between the artists, playwright and audiences.

Light refreshments will be served at 6:00, readings will begin at 7:00. Venue sizes vary. Donations are welcomed at the event, but not required.

Please complete the form at the bottom of the page to request seats.


By Sam Chanse, resident playwright at New Dramatists, member of Ars Nova's Play Group and the ma-Yi Writers Lab

Featuring: Andrea Vernae*, Ayanna Berkshire*, Paul Susi

Arjun and Mel have come to Joshua Tree National Pak to get away together, discuss his recent dismissal from the University and her recent decision to turn down a lucrative job she hates in order pursue her passion. Georgia, a park employee, shares her knowledge of about ecology, Joshua trees and how they grow (or don’t).

There is a dream. They are all in it. There is poetry and a fiery relationship.

Learn more about Sam Chanse and New DramatistsArs Nova, and the ma-Yi Writers Lab


By Emma Stanton, Artistic Director of Chicago’s Walkabout Theatre, 2016-2017 Playwrights Unit Member at the Goodman Theatre and the 2016 Princess Grace Fellow at New Dramatists

Featuring: Val Landrum*, Jacklyn Maddux*, Dana Green*, Agatha Olson, Winslow Corbett*, Ben Newman*, Jessica Hillenbrand*

At the center of No Candy is a multi-generational community of Bosnian Muslim women who survived the Srebrenica genocide and, years later, open a gift shop for tourists who visit the Srebrenica memorial. While No Candy is very much about how trauma inhabits the body and shapes a community, it is also about the persistence of humor, art, and absurdity in an unimaginable time.

Learn more about Emma Stanton and Walkabout Theater.


By Mónica Fainzaig, winner of the Argentine National Theatre Award

Featuring: Gretchen Corbett* and Nikki Weaver*

Two women, unknown to one another, are trapped on a desert highway at a bus stop in the middle of nowhere. Lily, twenty years ago, was an a car crash at this very same bus stop. Barbara has just fled her house after experiencing, for the first time in her sheltered life, a tragedy. As their personal dramas unfold, they help each other understand the essence of their situations, and face up to and choose - life, or death?

Learn more about Mónica Fainzaig.

*Member of Actors Equity Association