New play reading series—coming in 2014
“Nothing is more important to the long-term vitality of American theatre as an art form than the nurturing of new voices and new work.”
— PTC Artistic Director Karen Azenberg
"Play-By-Play" is Pioneer Theatre Company's new play reading series. The series will provide developmental rehearsal periods for three new plays in early 2014, with the playwright working alongside a professional director and cast for a week-long residency, culminating in three public readings of each play available to theatregoers at a very modest cost.
PTC is committed to making it easy for people who love theatre to take that leap of faith to see new work by making these new play readings very affordable. By doing them as readings, with no sets or costumes, we invite our audience to take a risk with us at a very modest cost.
We accept submissions for Play-By-Play either by agent or with a letter of recommendation. Submissions accepted year-round. Response time six months.
2014 Play-By-Play Season:
True Art by Jessica Provenz
An awestruck art history graduate lands a dream job at a world-class museum. But when she questions the authenticity of a newly discovered masterpiece, she finds herself swimming with sharks in the form of art curators, trustees, and art dealers. This chance of a lifetime quickly turns into a fight for her ideals, her reputation, and her very future.
Public readings on Friday, February 28 at 8:00 and Saturday, March 1 at 2:00 and 8:00 pm in the Babcock Theatre in the lower level of Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre.
A Public Education by Jeff Talbott
Luke Paxton is a high-school math teacher and the new guy in the faculty room. He's ready to teach, but completely unprepared for the other teachers, not to mention the nasty things somebody's been posting on the web. Welcome to high school, where an education comes in ways you can never see coming.
Public readings on Friday, March 14 at 8:00 pm and Saturday, March 15 at 2:00 and 8:00 pm in the Babcock Theatre.
Alabama Story by Kenneth Jones
In 1959 Alabama, a segregationist state senator wants a controversial children's book purged from the state library, but a fearless librarian refuses, putting both of their worlds at risk in a time of extraordinary social change. Inspired by real events, Alabama Story is a highly theatrical new play about tests of character in the Deep South of the Imagination.
Public readings on Friday, April 4 at 8:00 pm and Saturday, April 5 at 2:00 and 8:00 pm in the Dumke Auditorium of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.
- Current PTC season ticket holders may purchase tickets to the readings for $5.00 per ticket.
- Non-season ticket holders may purchase tickets to individual readings for $10.00 or may purchase all three readings in advance at the same time for $25.00.
- All tickets are general admission.
Tickets may be purchased in person, at the PTC Box Office, by calling 801-581-6961 or online.
Sponsors of Play-By-Play include:
- Sandi Behnken
- Lee and Audrey Hollaar
- Mike and Jan Pazzi
- The University of Utah Department of Theatre
- The Utah Museum of Fine Arts