Tuesday, September 13, 2016



Join us for a series of play readings directed by the women of the Resident Acting Company. Our rehearsal hall will transform into a funky, stripped-down performance space with a bar, where audience and performer come together for conversations and cocktails on select Monday evenings from September to June. This year’s Salon selections complement each show of the Main Stage season, feature women playwrights’ work and will be hosted by well-known and accomplished women in our area.

Pre-show Cocktails at 6:00 PM
Readings at 7:00 PM
Post-show Cocktails to follow

Subscribe to all six and save!
$15 individual tickets; $72 for all six; $5 student ticket.

September 19: 

Our New Girl
Written by Nancy Harris
Directed by Beth Hylton

Written by Irish born playwright Nancy Harris, Our New Girl is psychological warfare. Hazel is overwhelmed by everything – her pregnancy, her new job, her 8-year-old son, her absent husband, and her new nanny. Parenting is hard work, especially if you’re afraid of your own child and suspect your nanny and husband are misbehaving. There are no winners in this family thriller because the demons are our own worst behaviors.

October 31: 

Top Girls
Written by Caryl Churchill
Director: TBA

Caryl Churchill’s Obie Award-winning 1982 play Top Girls is an examination of the age-old question: what does being a successful woman mean? Shifting between fantasy and reality, Marlene must come to terms with her past and her future as she struggles and explores the price of her own success.

December 12: 

The Book Of Grace
Written by Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Deborah Hazlett

“It’s us against them,” says south Texas border patrol agent, Vet. But where does that leave his estranged son, Buddy, and his forgiving wife, Grace? The borders outside are nothing compared to the emotional walls inside this house. Father and son fight like animals to keep their demons at bay; it is up to Grace to write this family’s future. Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks says The Book of Grace is the play that restored her optimism.


February 6: 

The Ruby Sunrise
Written by Rinne Groff
Directed by Megan Anderson

Rinne Groff’s The Ruby Sunrise is a searing look at one family’s compulsion to shatter “that highest, hardest” glass ceiling. Ruby, a farm girl from Indiana, invents the very first television; decades later her daughter, Lulu, a script-girl in New York City, writes the teleplay that brings her mother’s story to life. As we dance through time and place, it is with humor and pathos that The Ruby Sunrise provokes questions about how we can change the world and make it a better place. This is the story of big dreams and dreaming big.

March 27: 

The Language Archive
Written by Julia Cho
Director: TBA

George, a linguist absorbed by the work of recording dying languages is oblivious to the world around him, including his wife, Mary. Aching for attention and conversation, Mary opens a bakery whose magical breads trigger eaters to spill forth their inner feelings. This heartfelt comedy forces us to consider the power of words and how language can fail us or save us. The Language Archive marks Baltimore’s first exposure to prolific playwright Julia Cho.

June 5:

Trouble In Mind
Written by Alice Childress
Directed by Dawn Ursula

Last year’s audiences were captivated by The Wedding Band, so we are thrilled to close out the Salon Series second season with another Alice Childress play, Trouble in Mind. In this show within a show, veteran African American actress, Wiletta Mayer, has been cast as the lead in an interracial Broadway show helmed by famous white director, Al Manners. But at every turn lies the racial realities of 1955. Simultaneously a witty love letter to the theatre and a call for equality, Trouble in Mind, reminds us that we all have a part to play in the fight for civil rights.