The Depot for New Play Readings

The Depot for New Play Readings

In 2015 the Depot for New Play Readings opened as a gathering place for theater lovers who wish to stay abreast of trends in theater today. The group meets to read and discuss new work in a former train station outbuilding in Hampton, a rural village in Connecticut’s Quiet Corner.

The Depot sits on land formerly inhabited by the Nipmuck Tribe.

Our mission is simple. Meet friends....
In 2015 the Depot for New Play Readings opened as a gathering place for theater lovers who wish to stay abreast of trends in theater today. The group meets to read and discuss new work in a former train station outbuilding in Hampton, a rural village in Connecticut’s Quiet Corner.

The Depot sits on land formerly inhabited by the Nipmuck Tribe.

Our mission is simple. Meet friends. Read new plays.

Recommended by The Depot for New Play Readings

  • H-O-R-S-E
    17 Jun. 2024
    Mary and Bill have been married for twenty-four years, and Bill wants to celebrate with a game of “H-O-R-S-E.” Good-humored but competitive, Bill attempts to teach Mary, an unathletic librarian, how to shoot a basket, and with each pass of the baskektball, the dynamics of their marriage emerge with ever-increasing clarity. That we love this wife and husband is testament to Kathleen Cahill’s comedic writing; “H-O-R-S-E” is a wildly entertaining riff on the adage that we can know someone for decades and still have more to learn. A swish through the hoop never sounded so good. Strongly recommended.
  • Five Miles Long, Two Hundred Feet High
    17 Jun. 2024
    The Mackinac Bridge, infamous for length and height, provides a comedic setting for Maripat Allen’s delightful “Five Miles Long, Two Hundred Feet High.” Jennifer must cross the bridge, but terrified by stories of cars having been blown over the bridge’s side, she pays someone to drive her and meets Jason, a veteran who understands fear. With Aristotelian unity of time and place, Allen’s play entertains us through every minute of the journey, one in which Jennifer and Jason cross more than the Great Lakes below them. Strongly recommended.
  • UNHEARD (10-minutes)
    17 Jun. 2024
    In Glenn Alterman’s “Unheard,” awkward silences punctuate the conversation of an estranged father and son, between whom incommunication has been a primary characteristic. Ironically, then, offstage sounds (hospital bells, a commanding voice over an intercom), move the action forward to an unexpected revelation. The result is a piercing meditation on the mysteries of filial attachment and the silence of death. A powerful ten-minute play, “Unheard” can be produced either in an audio format or in a fully staged production. Strongly recommended.
  • Treachery Island: A Serial Play
    12 Apr. 2024
    In ten episodes of a Survivor-like contest, Greg Lam’s “Treachery Island” elicits plenty of laughs, as a group of predictable types—the scheming contestant, cynical showrunner, and dumb jock—manage the multiple crises of an unexplained global catastrophe. Reimaging the reality genre as a workplace drama, Lam gives us three-dimensional characters off-script and off-camera, whose actual survival we care about. With multiple plot twists in every episode, the play delivers a fast-paced, brilliant satire of both reality television and the tropes of apocalyptic literature. Ideal for multiple formats: radio, stage, or screen as a limited television series. Highly recommended.
  • MABEL TALKS
    30 Jan. 2024
    In Donna Hoke’s “Mabel Talks,” the silent film star Mabel Normand addresses the producers and directors who shaped and stymied her career. While this engrossing one-woman show introduces audiences to a brilliant comedian who has been forgotten, in Hoke’s deft treatment, the play delivers more than a biography. By letting Mabel speak for herself, Hoke depicts Normand as a strong-willed artist, at turns funny, flirtatious, and combative, and so richly imagined, she charms us with the charisma that made her one of the first film celebrities of the 20th century. A gem for actors. Highly recommended.