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Alley All New Reading Series

The Alley All New Reading Series, presented throughout the season, provides a key developmental step for playwrights while allowing Houston audiences to discover exciting new plays before they receive world premiere productions.

Readings play a major role in the development of new work, enabling artists to hear their writing out loud in front of an audience. Following a limited rehearsal period, actors perform at music stands allowing the audience to hear the dialogue while imagining the production through spoken stage directions.

Eleanor Burgess

Alley All New Reading Series

Wife of a Salesman

By Eleanor Burgess
Directed by Brandon Weinbrenner
December 3, 2018

1950. A housewife from Brooklyn takes a bus up to Boston to confront the woman who has been sleeping with her husband. A riff on Death of A Salesman about where women fit in the American dream from the author of The Niceties, which just completed a run off-Broadway.

Landing on he Bayou

Past REading

A Landing on the Bayou

By Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin
November 8 - 9, 2018

A multi-media artist’s lecture/performance exploring Houston’s diverse, rich and political drag scene in the years between the Stonewall Riots and the beginning of the AIDS epidemic (1969-1985). 

Ashley Austin Morris

Past Reading

The End of There

written and performed by Ashley Austin Morris
April 16, 2018

Actor-comedian Ashley Austin Morris (Alley’sThe Other Place) invites you to join her at the theatre, where she feels most at home, as she attempts to answer the question “Where are you from?”

Claire Kiechel

past Reading


By Claire Kiechel
March 13, 2017

Pilgrims is a sly commentary on the American present set in the future. 

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Past Reading

On the Exhale

By Martin Zimmerman
September 19, 2016

On The Exhale offers a complex examination of our relationship to guns as we follow one woman down a rabbit hole of grief.

Evan Zes

Past Reading

Rent Control

Written and performed by Evan Zes
March 28, 2016

Evan Zes portrays a barrage of colorful, international personalities as he shares the wild yet true story of his New York apartment.