Script in Hand Series

Every Script in Hand playreading is a brand new experience.

Great scripts. Great actors. One great night at the Playhouse.

At Playhouse Script in hand playreadings — an audience favorite for over 10 years — there’s nothing between you and the actors on stage. These readings bring actors who’ve just met — or who’ve known each other for years — together for one day to rehearse and perform a play on a bare stage, with simple lighting — and you. The audience is in charge of conjuring the set, costumes, and atmosphere — or nothing at all. Actors, audience, and the director come together to create a special, one-night-only experience.

“I love the playreading experience. It gives us a chance to unearth and re-examine plays and to investigate what theater means to us.”

Mark Shanahan

The 2022 Script in Hand Playreading Series is supported by Stephen Corman and the White Barn program of the Lucille Lortel Foundation.



2022 Script in Hand Series

Murder by Misadventure

February 21 at 7PM

What happens when two writers who have worked together for years start to hate each other?
Details of past reading


March 14 at 7PM

This twisted and hilarious new play grapples unflinchingly with aging parents, midlife crises, and the heart of a West Philly neighborhood.
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The Scream

June 13 at 7PM

A musical comedy fantasy. A Norwegian couple steal the famous painting The Scream and replace it with the husband’s painting of a table.
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November 14 at 7PM


December 12 at 7PM


Join us in 2022

In response to audiences asking for a way to secure their favorite seat to our popular and often-sold-out Script in Hand playreadings, we created Script in Hand Memberships. Normally, Script in Hand playreadings are sold as single events (and cannot be added to a mainstage season ticket packages). With a membership, you are guaranteed a ticket and secured your seat before they are available to the general public. And, as long as you remain a member, your seats are yours to keep for the following year.

All memberships are individual. Memberships should be purchased for each person in your party attending the series. A $25/person individual membership fee secures your ticket and a seat location to all five playreadings and the opportunity to keep that seat for the next Script in Hand season. The $25/person individual membership fee will be added to your total at the end of your purchase.

Memberships are no longer available online. Please call the box office at (203) 227-4177.

All tickets are only $20 each!

Single tickets go on sale to the general public on February 1.

For those who are interested in viewing Script in Hand on-demand, we are adding streaming tickets as they become available. If you have an in-person ticket and wish to exchange to an on-demand ticket, please contact our box office.

We now have the rights to stream Murder by Misadventure and Dot.

The Playhouse requires every audience member in our theater spaces to be fully vaccinated and wear a mask, ensuring a safe environment for all, so you can sit back, enter the story, and leave the world behind.  For more up-to-date details on our protocols, visit our COVID-19 safety page.

.All titles, dates, and artists are subject to change.



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