Staged Reading Series Resumes March 12

The Staged Reading Series Showcases The Work Of Area Playwrights

Saturday, March 12 at 4 p.m
Hendersonville Theatre‘s Mainstage
FREE (donations are welcomed)

HT’s 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.

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

The plays to be read:
Jack O’Lantern by Margie Royal

An art gallery owner tries to persuade an artist to paint her portrait. The reading will feature local actors Sandra Whitmore and Natalie Broadway. Royal was a member of Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley, PA for many years, and several of her plays were developed and staged including Tales from Poe and the musicals The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Snow Queen, The Valentine, The Shivers and The Elves and The Shoemaker. Her short plays The Scarecrow, Berenice and The Disir were featured in HT’s Haunted Chilling Tales last October. She is a published novelist (Karma Train) and a member of the Dramatists Guild. 

GPS by Patricia Vestal. 

A couple who makes the mistake of relying on their GPS while traveling in the mountains. It will feature local actors William Terranova, CC Blackburn, Beth Norris and Darcy. Retired from a career in publishing and higher education, Vestal focuses on writing and teaching in Hendersonville. She recently developed and conducted playwriting workshops (with collaborator Katie Winkler) through NC Writers Network and Blue Ridge Community College’s Bookfest. Vestal has also developed and taught writing courses through the North Carolina Writers’ Network and at the former Opportunity House. She earned an MA in Drama from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.  Her science fiction book, Passageways, was recently published and is available online.

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

The theater has moved the Staged Reading Series to a Saturday afternoon so that audiences can attend the readings and then socialize with dinner afterwards.