Soundings Reading Series

Kick off the new year by watching professional actors and directors in readings of brand new plays by some of the country’s best playwrights right here in New Jersey in our annual Soundings Reading Series! Many of the plays we’ve presented at Soundings go on to be produced in New York and all over the country and here, you have a chance to not only see them before anyone else does, but to discuss the plays with the playwrights afterwards, giving feedback and suggestions and answering their questions.

If you’ve ever wanted to help shape a work of art, come be a part of this vital process!

Where: The Dreyfuss Theatre on Madison campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Click here for directions.
When: January 4-8 and 11-15
Time: 7:00 PM each of those nights.
Tickets: The readings are FREE, with a $10 recommended donation, or you can donate $25 to get a Soundings Pass and see all of them!  Tickets can be purchased here or at the door.

Use the arrows just below and to the right to scroll through the various play readings and find out more about them.

You’ll find more information on the Soundings Reading Series itself further down this page.

Soundings Reading Series


The Soundings Reading Series is designed to test a fairly well-developed play in front of an audience. Authors have five hours of rehearsal with professional actors and a director, and a public reading of the play with guided feedback from the audience.  All readings are followed by a discussion with the author, director, and Artistic Director John Pietrowski.

These readings permit Writers Theatre to connect with its community of patrons and artists to:

  • gain audience insight into the play
  • continue the exposure of the audience to the creative process
  • give our audience experiences with diverse narrative forms.

Writers Theatre  presents around 10 of these readings per year. Plays presented will be a mix of new submissions and continued relationships with writers whose work has been developed at WTNJ in the past.