photoAll readings in the Bare Essential series are free and open to the public. Be sure to stay after for exciting conversation with the director, cast and playwright!


We’re happy to announce that we’ve now set the three Bare Essentials Readings that will take place during the run of the 2015 Essential Theatre Play Festival. All readings will take place at the West End Performing Arts Center and will start at 7:30 p.m., followed by a discussion.  The readings will be open to the public with no admission charged.


2015 Bare Essentials Reading Selections

August 4: DELI by Diane Dexter, directed by Joan McElroy
Managing change at the family-run deli is a struggle, no matter how you slice it.
August 10: THE WAYFARERS by Hillary Simpson Bolle, directed by Elin Rose Hill
Reality mixes with passionate remembrances to spin a tale of seven extraordinary characters, filled with love, manipulation and an intricate web of human relationships.
August 18: WASH, DRY, FOLD by Nedra Pezold Roberts, directed by Barbara Hawkins-Scott
Themes of loss and family secrets unfold in a laundromat run by two sisters as a bad loan threatens their livelihood