Playwrights Local Announces Roundtable Series Development Workshop

New program of free public readings presented in two sequences in October/November 2017 and January/February 2018, all at Waterloo Arts.

Cleveland, OH, October 05, 2017 --( Playwrights Local announces the Roundtable Series, a new development workshop focused on public readings of plays in progress. Each of this program’s sessions is dedicated to presenting and discussing a single full-length or longer one-act project. Staged and table readings of these locally written works are free to attend and require no tickets or reservations. The Roundtable Series is an open workshop for all playwrights from Northeast Ohio.

“The Roundtable Series provides a form of development that playwrights here have been missing,” says David Todd, Artistic Director of Playwrights Local. “That is, one that delves into complete plays as opposed to scenes or fragments. This helps the authors get a more cohesive sense of how their plays are working.”

Readings of early-draft plays in this series may be presented in a casual, “table” format, while advanced works are presented as formal staged readings. “Although all of the sessions we have lined up so far are staged readings, the concept of the ‘roundtable’ is important to this program,” says Todd. “Each reading will be followed by a talkback with attendees and other playwrights and dramaturgs, which is the kind of focused attention playwrights need.”

The first season of Playwrights Local’s new Roundtable Series will consist of two sets of readings: Fall 2017 and Winter 2018. Fall 2017 readings will run on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., and will feature the following playwrights and works:

October 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Family Tree by Rannigan Walsh

October 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
German Lessons by Cynthia Dettelbach

November 7, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Stranded by Edward J. Walsh

November 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Hey Siri by Mary E. Weems, Ph.D.

Winter 2018 readings in Playwrights Local’s new Roundtable Series will run on Saturday afternoons at 2:00 p.m., according to the following schedule:

January 13, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
P. H. I. L. by Peter Manos

January 20, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Hurricane Sandy: A Tale of Revelation by Rachel Zake

January 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Fantasies and Nightmares by Catie O’Keefe

February 3, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
L8: A B-Side Geography of Liverpool by Max Glenn

All events in the Roundtable Series will be held at the Creative Space at Waterloo Arts (397 E. 156th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44110). Readings are free and open to the public, and tickets or reservations are not required. Programs are intended for adults and teens. Additional information about the venue, including a parking map, is available at Playwrights Local’s website at

“It’s also important that the Roundtable Series is open to all playwrights as opposed to being by invitation or selective membership,” says Todd. “We think this is an essential service for the community. For now, we’re making selections for this series from the plays we received in our recent call for submissions. However, that is open to everyone and free of charge, and of course all playwrights are welcome to attend these readings and participate in the talkbacks.”

Additional information on the Roundtable Series, including synopses of the plays and directors for the readings, can be found at the following webpages:
Fall 2017:; and
Winter 2018:

Playwrights Local is a theater company based in Cleveland. Billed as a playwrights’ center, the organization’s goal is to provide a home base for novice and experienced dramatic writers in Northeast Ohio. They offer classes and workshops, produce original plays, provide professional development opportunities, and engage the community through site-specific projects. Tax-deductible contributions to this 501(c)(3) group can be made at Playwrights Local’s website:
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