The Montgomery Davis Play Development Series
ABOUT THE SERIES
Be the first to hear original stories from your own backyard—and get to know regional artists at work!
Since 2007, with the exception of a pandemic delay, MCT has proudly showcased two Wisconsin playwrights every season through the Montgomery Davis Play Development Series. Writers workshop and rehearse new plays in progress with a cast and director before inviting an audience to hear music stand readings of their works in progress and offer their responses.
All readings are open to the public via suggested donation. Seating is unreserved general admission.
22/23 SEASON READINGS
VIRAGOS - A PLAY WITH FOUND TEXT
by Katherine E. Norman
directed by Marcella Kearns
“How much danger and scandal there is to fear from these … galloping girls.”
VIRAGOS follows a group of young Englishwomen as they rehearse a play at The Institute—Mary Ward’s school for girls founded in early 17th-century France. Through their rehearsals, the girls test the boundaries of art, science, love, and politics, as the shadow of the Inquisition looms. Verbatim text illuminates this factually-inspired fiction of a story too-long buried by history.
VIRAGOS received a first reading via Wisconsin Wrights, a Forward Theater Company program.
Featuring Karen Estrada*, Josephine Van Slyke+, Mathilde Prosen-Oldani+, Vivian Madson+, Alexandria Woods+, Angel Rivera+
Monday, October 17, 2022
7:30 PM, Studio Theatre, Broadway Theatre Center
Cost: Pay What You Choose
At MCT, we think home is where the art is. The Montgomery Davis Play Development Series seeks to explore the stories of local artists so that we may know, and grow, our community and its diverse voices. To that end, MCT considers previously unproduced work by Wisconsin-connected playwrights for the Series.
Watch here for a call for submissions soon!
Please email Marcella Kearns with questions and inquiries.
The following is a chronology of MDPDS readings at MCT by season.
To inquire about one of the titles, please contact Marcella.
*Indicates a reading which subsequently premiered on the MCT mainstage
EENY MEENY MINY NO! by Lachrissa Grandberry / August 15, 2021
IRON COUNTY by Gaetano Marangelli / April 18, 2022
THE YEAR WITHOUT A SUMMER by Greer DuBois / May 17, 2021 (online)
LE/LA by Liz Shipe / October 21, 2019
THE PECULIAR DISTRACTION OF MR. LINCOLN'S SOCIAL MEDIA by Andy Bayiates / October 21, 2018
’NEATH THE HILLS OF BASTOGNE by Zach Thomas Woods / April 28, 2019
THE PRISONER OF ZENDA by Anthony Hope, adapted by Dan Klarer and Ryan Schabach / October 15, 2017
NO WAKE* by Erica Berman / April 29, 2018
BLUE BULLETS by Alvaro Saar Rios / October 17, 2016
CHRISTMAS IN BABYLON* by James DeVita / March 20, 2017
AN EVENING WITH CARL SANDBURG by Jonathan Gillard Daly / October 19, 2015
FAITHLESS by Michael Proft / May 2, 2016
THE BOY INSIDE by Richard Kalinoski / October 13, 2014
500 YEARS by Michelle Lopez-Rios / May 4, 2015
WAITING by Kimberly Megna Yarnall / October 14, 2013
SILENT by Gwendolyn Rice / March 10, 2014
MORE LOSERS by James Fletcher / September 17, 2012
PLAZA HOTEL BALLROOM by Alice Austen / March 4, 2013
OCTOBER, BEFORE I WAS BORN* by Lori Matthews / September 19, 2011
THE TAVERN KEEPER’S DAUGHTER by Brett Ryback (A collaboration with Skylight Music Theatre) / February 27, 2012
HOT FLASHES, THE METAPHOR by Lynne Topping Farrell / September 20, 2010
AMONG THE SQUIRRELS by Eric Appleton / March 7, 2011
THE DESERT QUEEN by James DeVita / September 21, 2009
BROKEN AND ENTERED* by Kurt McGinnis Brown / March 15, 2010
NOT THE ARTIST by Kurt McGinnis Brown / September 22, 2008
A THOUSAND WORDS* by Gwendolyn Rice / March 16, 2009
THE DALY NEWS* Story, book and lyrics by Jonathan Gillard Daly; Music by Larry Delinger, Gregg Coffin and Jonathan Gillard Daly / September 10, 2007
BACKWARDS by Alice Austen / March 17, 2008