The Staged Reading Series Showcases The Work Of Area Playwrights

Hendersonville Theatre (HT) resumes its Staged Reading Series Saturday, May 14 at 4 p.m. Showcasing the work of area playwrights and performed by local actors, The Staged Reading Series is a FREE public reading of a new play in development. However, donations are welcome to support HT.

HT’s The Staged Reading Series offers exciting script-in-hand readings of new plays by emerging local playwrights. Readings are followed by a talk back with the playwright and actors to provide feedback to the playwright.

A short discussion will follow each show to provide feedback to the playwright about their script.

The reading will be held on the Hendersonville main stage at 229 S. Washington Street, Hendersonville, NC. There is no charge to attend or to participate, however donations are welcome and will be used to support HT.

Hendersonville Theatre is committed to exploring and developing new work for American theater, supporting local playwrights with their creative process from concept to production.

The plays to be read on April 9 are An Alarming Situation by Darlene Cah and Trillium by Karen Ruetz.

In An Alarming Situation, it’s 3:30 in the morning, and Laura has insomnia and wakes Danny. Then they hear a noise outside. In Trillium, Granny teaches Maeve “mountain magic” but warns her not to interfere with love. Set in the mountains of Appalachia, Trillium is a tale of magic, love, jealousy, and revenge.

Darlene Cah was an improv actor at Gotham City Improv in New York, where she also wrote and performed sketch comedy. Primarily a fiction writer, Cah’s work has appeared in various literary journals over the years. She is now getting back to writing for the stage. She was last seen on the Hendersonville stage in October as the Witch in Haunted Chilling Tales.

Over twenty years ago, playwright Karen Ruetz auditioned for her first theatrical production, and she has been addicted to theatre ever since. Primarily a full-length playwright, her comedies have been described as “a little bit naughty and a whole lotta funny”, while her dramas focus on issues of relationships and self-discovery. Most of her plays have significant roles for women. Ruetz is from Georgia and will be in Hendersonville for the reading.

Playwrights who would like to submit work for consideration for the Staged Reading Series can follow the submission guidelines posted at and email questions to

COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

The health and safety of everyone who enters our theatre is our top priority. Live theatre is a dynamic exchange of energy between storytellers and audience. As much as we are able, let’s not add getting sick to our collective experience. One of the best ways to do this is to get vaccinated, boosted, and to test for infection before you congregate among people outside of your own household. Regardless of vaccination status, every audience member and performer has a part to play:

  • Everyone aged 2 and older has the option to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth. However, it is not required. 
  • If you are not feeling well or waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test, please stay home. 
    • Exchange your ticket for another time,
    • Exchange the ticket for credit for another show, or
    • Request a refund.
    • Practice good hygiene.
      • Wash hands, use hand sanitizer,
      • Cover your coughs and sneezes. DO NOT REMOVE YOUR MASK TO SNEEZE!
  • Changes may happen quickly based on local, state, and CDC guidance.

Additional Hendersonville Theatre COVID-19 procedures include: 

  • All staff, volunteers, and contracted performers present in the theatre must be fully vaccinated.
  • Actors and musicians may remove masks when actively performing.
  • We will continue to adhere to guidance from the CDC, State and Local agencies, which are subject to change.

If you have any questions about our policies, please contact the box office by emailing

While these policies are intended to ensure everyone at Hendersonville Theatre stays healthy and safe, they do not guarantee protection against COVID-19. Ticket holders, staff, volunteers and contracted performers assume their own risk when they enter the theater.

The Staff and Board greatly appreciate all of your support and patience throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We are still here through the grace of our patrons and donors’ kindness and generosity.

We care about you and can’t wait to see you back at Hendersonville Theatre!