Play-by-Play 2019-2020


Welcome to our seventh 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, shown here with Kalyn West (L) and Abdul-Khaliq “A.K.” Murtadha (R), rehearsing Play-by-Play’s reading of ASS, by Ellen Simon.

Play-by-Play is Pioneer Theatre Company’s “new play” reading series. The series provides developmental rehearsal periods for three new plays each season. The playwright works 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.

The program launched in 2014, and has become increasingly more popular. Two plays from Play-by-Play readings have reached our Main Stage: Alabama Story in 2015 and “i” in 2018. The Ice Front, by local playwright Eric Samuelsen, enjoyed its World Premiere at Plan-B Theatre in 2017.

The October and April readings will be held in the Babcock Theatre on the lower level of the Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre. Free parking is available in our usual lots.

The January reading will be held in the Dumke Auditorium, located in the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) on the University of Utah campus. The Museum is located in the Marcia and John Price Museum Building at 410 Campus Center Drive, between Rice-Eccles Stadium and the Jon M. Huntsman Center. Free parking for Play-by-Play is available in the Central Parking Garage, just east of UMFA.

The upcoming season:

February 7-8, 2020 TBA

March 13-14, 2020 TBA

April 17-18, 2020 TBA

All readings will be held on Fridays at 7:30 pm and on Saturdays at 2:00 and 7:30 pm.

Together, we will bring Utah to the forefront of play development and continue to develop exciting new works on our stage. It’s friends like you who make great theatre in Utah possible.

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