March 13 at 7PM
Script in Hand: Mauritius
by Theresa Rebeck
directed by Theresa Rebeck 
series curated by Mark Shanahan
Running Time: ~ 2 hours including one fifteen minute intermission

The second Script in Hand of the 2023 season continues on with Mauritius 

Stamp collecting is far more risky than you think. After their mother’s death, two estranged half-sisters discover a book of rare stamps that may include the crown jewel for collectors. One sister tries to collect on the windfall, while the other resists for sentimental reasons. In this gripping tale, a seemingly simple sale becomes dangerous when three seedy, high-stakes collectors enter the sisters’ world, willing to do anything to claim the rare find as their own.

Recommended for mature audiences.


I am proud to welcome the remarkable Theresa Rebeck to the Script In Hand family at the Playhouse. To have Ms. Rebeck join us to direct her own work promises to be a fascinating and unique opportunity as we present her powerhouse play. Mauritius is a terrific thriller- crackling with suspense and intrigue from the first page to the last. The script delivers a tightly-paced tale filled with duplicitous and cunning characters, all while plumbing the depths of a long-simmering family conflict. Yet, even as Rebeck puts us on the edge of our seats, wondering who will walk away a winner in the battle over a pair of rare stamps, she infuses the play with her own signature, wicked sense of humor. I can’t wait to have her take us all on this gripping thrill-ride as both writer and director for an evening of theatre not to be missed."

Mark Shanahan


meet the creative team

Playwright / Director
Stage Manager
Stage Directions

*member of Actors’ Equity Association


Every Script in Hand playreading is a brand new experience.

At a Script in Hand playreading, 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.



The 2023 Script in Hand Playreading Series is supported by Joyce Hergenhan and the White Barn program of the Lucille Lortel Foundation.


Mauritius is presented in arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB (Original Producer, Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC celebrates over three decades of producing theatre, having earned eleven Tony Awards, three Pulitzer Prizes, and numerous Drama Desk, Obie and Outer Critics Circle awards. Plays produced by MTC include The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Proof, Kind Headey II, Seven Guitars, Lips Together Teeth Apart, Collected Stories, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Putting it Together, Sylvia, A Small Family Business, Comic Potential, House/Garden, Valley Song, A Class Act, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Crimes of the Heart, Fuddy Meers. MTC recently produced the national tours of Proof and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.

Originally produced in New York by the Manhattan Theatre Club, Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director, Barry Grove, Executive Producer, Daniel Sullivan, Acting Artistic Director.
2007 – 2008 Season, at the Biltmore Theatre on September 13, 2007
Mauritius was developed at the Lark Play Development Center, New York City
Mauritius was originally produced by the Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, Nicholas Martin, Artistic Director/Michael Maso, Managing Director.


For this playreading and playreadings in the Script in Hand series, masks are strongly encouraged but not required. Current CDC guidelines recommend N95 and KN95 masks. Please review our full safety protocols here. Please review our full safety protocols here.

All titles, dates, and artists are subject to change.
March 13 at 7PM
Script in Hand: Mauritius
by Theresa Rebeck
directed by Theresa Rebeck 
series curated by Mark Shanahan
Running Time: ~ 2 hours including one fifteen minute intermission
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