Workhouse Theatre Company October Updates

2008 recipient of the IVEY award
for Overall Excellence in Theater
for ‘Night Mother
October 2015 Updates
Free Public Reading on Mond

You are cordially invited to join us for our Public Readings Series which occurs on the second Monday of each monththrough June 2016 at The Capri Theater in North Minneapolis.

We’re excited to continue our third season of readings!  Last year we received 86 submissions from playwrights – 33 from Minnesota, 6 regional, and 32 national; 20 women and 50 men, with 12 writers submitting more than one excerpt.  Seventeen of those submitting were returning writers with new material who had applied to us in our first year operating the Greenhouse Project.  Thirty-three full scripts were requested from playwrights for further consideration – 13 from women, and 20 from men, with 3 writers submitting more than one promising script for review.  Five of those scripts were given readings in 2014-15, and 7 have been scheduled for the coming year.

We’re also excited to relocate our readings to the Capri Theatre in North Minneapolis.  There’s even a parking lot eliminating the need to find street parking.  Directions to The Capri are available on our website along with a partial schedule of readings for the coming season.

Sam Pearson reading of
Deboarh Yarchun’s
Bomber’s Moon
What:  Reading of Mike Peroz’ Appearances, with moderated discussion by our playwright-in-residence, Matthew A. Everett, immediately following the readingWhen: Monday, October 12th at 7 PMWhereThe Capri Theater – 2027 West Broadway, Minneapolis, MN  55411

Synopsis:  Ardis Olson is hurrying across campus to biochemistry class, when she sees a woman in blue and white robes standing on a bush: the Virgin Mary.  “Love one another as God has loved you,” Mary says.  “But I’m a Lutheran!” replies Ardis, who is not normally the sort to have visions.  Her boyfriend and parents are horrified.  Young Pastor Ray thinks Martin Luther probably wouldn’t approve, but, still, . . .  Ray’s Catholic priest friend is skeptical.  And what about Grace Antonelli, who wants to touch the face of God?

The PlaywrightMichael Peroz had several plays read for the General Members Rountable of the Playwrights’ Center, in Minneapolis.  In 1992, his play Fern was one of eight plays chosen nationally for the Playwrights’ Center’s Stagetime reading program.  His short play Misfire was produced in September 2002 by the Great American History Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota, as part of an anthology of playlets called Under the Stars and Stripes: Stories of World War II, the opening production for their 2002-2003 season.  His short play Infinite Justice was chosen to be produced as part of the “Fast Fringe” at the 2005 Minnesota Fringe Festival.  His play Thorns was the winning play in the Full-Length catagory of the 2010 New Play Contest of the Chameleon Theatre Circle (Burnsville, Minnesota) and was voted as the audience favorite at their New Play Festival reading.  In May 2014, Thorns was given a stage reading as part of the Greenhouse Project of Workhouse Theatre Company in Minneapolis.

The reading is directed by Maxwell Collyard and features the talents of Paul Economon, Sean Gilbertson, Becca Hart, Liz Hawkinson, Jefferson Slinkard*, Michael Hugh Torsch and Laura Wiebers.  The reading will be followed by a discussion with the playwright moderated by our playwright in residence, Matthew A. Everett. 

* member Actors Equity Association

We hope you’ll join us, and we look forward to seeing you!

The Greenhouse Project

Play selections for our readings are culled from submissions to our play development program: the Greenhouse Project. The Greenhouse Project provides an opportunity for playwrights with ties to Minnesota to have their scripts evaluated for possible inclusion in our Public Reading Series.  Scripts with particular promise might be chosen for a Development Workshop and potentially a full scale production by WTC.  For more information regarding eligibility and submission guidelines, visit our website at 

Support Workhouse Theatre Company

Workhouse Theatre Company is a Non Profit 501(c)3 corporation.  Donations are greatly appreciated to help offset the costs of everything we do, from workshops and readings to our award winning productions!  For more information on how to donate to WTC, check out our donation page at