Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Play Readings


The Montgomery Davis Play Development Series

Sponsored by Konrad K. Kuchenbach

Staged Reading #1

The Peculiar Distraction of Mr. Lincoln's sociaL media 

by Andy Bayiates
directed by Marcella Kearns

A play about social media. Set in the 1850's. Any brilliant young woman in 1853 with ambitions to change the world would be scorned. But Mabel Prescott finds such an opportunity in a unique venture- a printing-press version of Facebook- led by failed Congressman Abraham Lincoln. Join us for an historical what-if which will determine the fate of Mabel's career, Lincoln's future, and the imperiled union of the United States.

Featuring Mitch Bultman, Matt Daniels, Ibraheem Farmer, Amy Hansmann, Diane Lane, Hannah Shay,  Nadja Simmonds, Zach Thomas Woods

MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2018 - 7:30 pm


Staged Reading #2

'Neath The hills of bastogne

by Zach Thomas Woods
Directed by Michael Stebbins

During Belgium's coldest winter in forty years, American and German forces converge on the tiny town of Bastogne in one of the most climactic battles of World War II. As bullets fly and cultures clash, a rag-tag group of combatants looks to the past, prays for the future, and wonders if peace is possible in the face of overwhelming hatred.

Featuring Christian Davis Aldridge, Sadé Ayodele, Nick Narcisi

Monday, April 29, 2019 - 7:30 pM

Readings are held in the Skylight Bar & Bistro (second floor), Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway

All readings are Pay-What-You-Choose. Seating is first-come, first-served.

The Bar & Bistro, operated by Indulge Wine Room, will be open for dinner and refreshments starting at 5:30.  Patrons can enjoy full bar service and pre-performance dinners. Reservations for full table service are welcomed in advance by emailing or calling 414.291.3773. No reservations, no problem. Enjoy the full menu by ordering at the counter.



    Milwaukee Chamber Theatre accepts new scripts for consideration for the Montgomery Davis Play Development Series on a rolling basis.  Click here for more information.

    Past Readings

    The Montgomery Davis Play Development Series - staged reading history

    2017-2018 Readings:

    THE PRISONER OF ZENDA by Anthony Hope, adapted by Dan Klarer and Ryan Schabach
    October 15, 2017

    NO WAKE by Erica Berman
    April 29, 2018

    2016-2017 Readings:

    BLUE BULLETS by Alvaro Saar Rios
    October 17, 2016

    March 20, 2017

    2015-2016 Readings:

    AN EVENING WITH CARL SANDBURG by Jonathan Gillard Daly
    October 19, 2015

    FAITHLESS by Michael Proft
    May 2, 2016

    2014-2015 Readings:

    THE BOY INSIDE by Richard Kalinoski
    October 13, 2014

    500 YEARS by Michelle Lopez-Rios
    May 4, 2015

    2013-2014 Readings:

    WAITING by Kimberly Megna Yarnall
    October 14, 2013

    SILENT by Gwendolyn Rice
    March 10, 2014

    2012-2013 Readings:

    MORE LOSERS by James Fletcher
    September 17, 2012

    PLAZA HOTEL BALLROOM by Alice Austen
    March 4, 2013

    2011-2012 Readings:

    OCTOBER, BEFORE I WAS BORN by Lori Matthews
    September 19, 2011

    A collaboration with Skylight Music Theatre
    February 27, 2012

    2010-2011 Readings:

    HOT FLASHES, the metaphor; by Lynne Topping Farrell
    September 20, 2010

    AMONG THE SQUIRRELS by Eric Appleton
    March 7, 2011

    2009-2010 Readings:

    THE DESERT QUEEN by James DeVita
    September 21, 2009

    BROKEN AND ENTERED by Kurt McGinnis Brown
    March 15, 2010

    2008-2009 Readings:

    NOT THE ARTIST by Kurt McGinnis Brown
    September 22, 2008

    A THOUSAND WORDS by Gwendolyn Rice
    March 16, 2009

    2007-2008 Readings:

    Story, book and lyrics by Jonathan Gillard Daly
    Music by Larry Delinger, Gregg Coffin and Jonathan Gillard Daly
    September 10, 2007

    BACKWARDS by Alice Austen
    March 17, 2008