Playhouse Launches Script Reading Series

Des Moines Community Playhouse is helping illuminate Black voices with the new Onyx Script Reading Series, which begins Sunday.

Des Moines Community Playhouse is bringing the audience behind the scenes in a new virtual series. The Onyx Script Reading Series, which features virtual live play readings, begins at 6:30 p.m. Sunday with “Widows” by Gillian Flyn and Steve McQueen. The event is free and presented on Zoom.

The Onyx Script Reading Series focuses on scripts that illuminate Black voices. Hosted by actor/director Miriam Randolph, the reading will be held on the first Tuesday and third Sunday of each month until Feb. 2.

“Widows” tells the story of four women connected by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. The widows band together to take control of their collective debt and futures.

“I am excited to start a script reading series at the Playhouse as it will give us a fun and relaxed environment in which to hear new stories from new perspectives,” Katy Merriman, artistic director, said in a release. “Miriam is a talented and welcoming artist, and she has already proven … that she can bring people together to learn from each other and also just enjoy their time together.”

Upcoming script reading presentations include “Stranger Things” on Dec.1, “Insecure” on Dec. 20, and “Fences” on Jan. 5, 2021. Find the full lineup and link information on the Playhouse website.

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