Studio 180 READS

Launched in 2016

Step into the role of artistic director and join us for readings of critically acclaimed plays.

Talkback during a reading, photo by Dahlia Katz
Audience members share their feedback after a reading. Photo by Dahlia Katz.

We invite you to hear a published play we are considering for production, experience the actors’ first instincts and share your feedback with us on whether you would like to see it produced.

“It was excellent – the script, delivery, thought-provoking nature. I am very impressed by these readings.”

Audience Member Feedback

With Studio 180 READS as a part of our Studio Series, we look forward to hearing your responses to the plays that intrigue us, and we welcome the chance for further conversation with you, our audiences.

past readings

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The Chinese Lady, Contractions

The Chinese Lady

By Lloyd Suh
Directed by Marjorie Chan
Featuring Mayko Nguyen & John Ng
In partnership with fu-GEN Theatre

January 22, 2021

Digital Presentation

WARNING: Audience complicity may also be on display.

Afong Moy is fourteen years old when she’s brought to the United States from Guangzhou Province in 1834. Allegedly the first Chinese woman to set foot on U.S. soil, she has been put on display for the American public as “The Chinese Lady.” As the decades wear on, her celebrated sideshow comes to define and challenge her very sense of identity. Inspired by the true story of Afong Moy’s life, it is a dark, poetic, yet whimsical portrait of America through the eyes of a young Chinese woman.

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Dragon Ladies, China Dolls & Beyond

January 20, 2021

Contractions

By Mike Bartlett
Directed by Sabryn Rock
Featuring Virgilia Griffith & Ordena Stephens-Thompson
Video Editing by Matthew Takatsch

October 23, 2020

Digital Presentation

WARNING: Extreme compromises, power imbalances and the disconcerting realization that this is in fact what you signed up for.

Emma’s been seeing her coworker Darren. She thinks she’s in love. Her boss thinks she’s in breach of contract. In a series of cordial but increasingly tense conversations, the two dissect the differences between “sexual” and “romantic,” negotiate the length of Emma’s interoffice relationship, and face the consequences of shrinking privacy and binding contracts.

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