Monday, June 10, 2024 at 7PM
Script In Hand: The Outsider
by Paul Slade Smith
directed by Mark Shanahan Recommended for ages 13 and up
Running Time: 2 hours including one 15 minute intermission

Kicking off our summer of laughter until our next Script in Hand reading in September … THE OUTSIDER.

“Funny, timely, and dare we say, entirely possible, The Outsider is a wonderfully crafted, superbly presented show… It is an insightful, witty satire about modern American politics that will appeal to a vast audience.”


Ned Newley doesn’t even want to be governor. He’s terrified of public speaking; his poll numbers are impressively bad. To his ever-supportive Chief of Staff, Ned seems destined to fail. But political consultant Arthur Vance sees things differently: Ned might be the worst candidate to ever run for office. Unless the public is looking for… the worst candidate to ever run for office. A timely and hilarious comedy that skewers politics and celebrates democracy.

In anticipation of next season's full production of Paul Slade Smith's "Theatre People", we are delighted to present another one of Paul's masterful comedies, "The Outsider" as our next Script in Hand reading. Paul’s wickedly insightful play skewers the political landscape even as it reinforces a positive, heartfelt message sure to get everyone's vote. We’ve assembled a truly incredible cast of accomplished actors to kick off summer at the Playhouse with waves of laughter."

Mark Shanahan
Script in Hand series curator
WCP exclusive!
Enjoy this exclusive interview between Script in Hand curator Mark Shanahan and "The Outsider"'s playwright, Paul Slade Smith.

Meet the CAST

meet the creative team


*member of Actors’ Equity Association





Mr. Smith deserves to go to Washington, and all around our nation, with this inspired satire."

Green Bay Press

One of the funniest shows you will see this year. This show runs nearly two hours and it is two hours of laughs."

Let’s Go To The Theater

Overwhelmed by the blasts of dark comedy that come to us regularly on the nightly news? I recommend spending a couple of hours enjoying every minute of this new play. ...Smith's comedy gets right to the heart of selling an untypical politician to the public through the power of the media. But below the surface, we are also led to seeing how the probability of competence is able to rise to the top in a democratic society."

Curtain Up

Non-stop laughter. Paul Slade Smith’s keen, quick and amusing dialogue reminded me of my favorite moments in Neil Simon’s wittiest plays."

Summit Short Hills

This hilarious comedy is perfectly fitting for the political era we're in. A definite hit which combines a sarcastic view of the business of modern-day politics with a surprisingly simple yet true idea of what good politics can be and can do. For an entertainment that’s both hilarious and oddly uplifting, do not miss THE OUTSIDER."

Out in New Jersey


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.

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The 2024 Script in Hand Playreading Series is supported by Joyce Hergenhan and the White Barn program of the Lucille Lortel Foundation.

2024 Programming & Season Sponsorship is generously provided by Barbara Streicker.

All titles, dates, and artists are subject to change.
Monday, June 10, 2024 at 7PM
Script In Hand: The Outsider
by Paul Slade Smith
directed by Mark Shanahan Recommended for ages 13 and up
Running Time: 2 hours including one 15 minute intermission
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