Now in its third season!

“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 provides developmental rehearsal periods for three new plays, 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.

The program launched in 2014; 2016 will be its third season.

Here are the dates for this season's Play-By-Play readings, although the titles are still TBA:
Reading #1
January 22 and 23, 2016
Reading #2
February 5 and 6, 2016
Reading #3
March 11 and 12, 2016

All readings will be held in the Babcock Theatre, in the lower level of

Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre.

Who knows? You may be witnessing the creation ofthe next Tony Award-winning production.

We accept submissions for Play-By-Play either by agent or with a letter of recommendation. Submissions accepted year-round. Response time six months.

2016 Play-By-Play Season:

Tickets may be purchased online after October 7th (October 5th for Season Ticket Subscribers) or by calling the Box Office at 801-581-6961.

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



"You need three things in the theater - the play, the actors, and the audience, - and each must give something."
Kenneth Haigh