Reading Series History

Staged Readings

WingSpan produces one staged reading each year
of a new, unproduced play that fits our mission statement.  


By Germaine Shames   Directed by Lulu Ward
Featuring Adrian Godinez, Barrett Nash & Diana Gonzalez Yager.
March 29 & 30, 2019
Actors, Salim and Lucy have landed the roles of a lifetime: Khalil Gibran and his patron, Mary Haskell  but tragedy has struck the play's director.  From infatuation to heartache, they strive to seize The Higher Love.

By Laura Schellhardt   Directed by Miki Bone
Featuring Susan Sargeant as Bette, Catherine D. DuBord as Monica & Barrett Nash as Iris.
March 30 & 31, 2018
Bette, Monica and Iris are high-end real estate agents whose sales pitches are as polished as their nails.
CEO Bette, one of the original glass ceiling crashers, Monica, the ten year veteren and Iris the brash necomer. This dark comedy begs the question:  “Is there more than one way for women to do business?”

By Martin Sherman   Directed by René Moreno   Featuring Barbara Bierbrier as Rose.
March 31 & April 1, 2017
ROSE is a feisty, eighty year old Jewish woman. She shares her remarkable journey from a tiny Russian village to Warsw’s ghetto and on to the boardwalks of Atlantic city, the canyons of Arizona and the hot nights of Miami Beach. The events that shaped her life helped shape the 20th Century as well.

By Rusty Harding   Directed by Lulu Ward 
April 8 & 9, 2016
FLY BABIES  explores the true story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) of World War II.
The story follows four young female pilots as they experience the challenges, prejudices, triumphs and tragedies of serving their country on the home front. They soon find that not all battles were fought overseas..

By Cynthia Salzman Mondell.  Directed by Marianne Galloway 
April 10 & 11, 2015
Based on real stories from real women and their shoes, SHOE CONFESSIONS explores the intimate relationships between women and their shoes.  Shoes are more than just a fashion statement; they evoke memories and trace the chapters of a woman's life from first step to last step.

By Arnold Shelby.  Directed by Susan Sargeant
April 11 & 12, 2014
Derek Ropes and Judy Stone are visual artists who have been in a relationship for over forty years. Now they must grapple with the tempest of change that will define the next chapter of their lives.

By Michel Tremblay.  Directed by Susan Sargeant
April 11 & 12, 2013
This reading was produced in partnership with One Thirty Productions.
FOR THE PLEASURE OF SEEING HER AGAIN is a stunning theatrical exploration of the often turbulent relationship between a mother and her child.  In this heartrending tribute to his mother, Michel Tremblay has created a great female character in Nana, a born storyteller with a love of exaggeration.  Though she often exasperates the son she fiercely loves,she is indeed an inspiration for his art.

By Janice Rose.  Directed by Susan Sargeant
April 19 & 20, 2012
TILLING FOR FIGS is a poetic, patchwork quilt that explores the life and experiences of a unique Southern woman.

By Horton Foote.  Directed by Susan Sargeant
April 8 & 9, 2011
This reading was a part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Horton Foote Festival and was produced
in partnership with One Thirty Productions.
Set in Horton Foote's fictional Harrison, Texas, the three remaining Thompson sisters spin the yarns of their family and an era.  Their father, a Union soldier, returned after the Civil War as a Carpetbagger, and amassed a twenty thousand acre plantation.  Preserving that plantation becomes the central issue of his daughters' lives.  Foote weaves his elegant blend of poignant and gentle humor throughout this tale of identity and destiny.

By Isabelle Russell-Ides.  Directed by ElizaBeth Bontley.
April 15 & 16, 2010.
A magical realist Mayan adventure, a love story, a tale of the Meso-American rich  that jumps time between the present and an ancient past.  ¡CENOTE! is the sinkhole where the virgins jumped to their death or immortality, if the Ah Wahkán is to be believed.

By Angela Wilson.  Directed by ElizaBeth Bontley.
April 9 & 10, 2009.
1920; Dr. Leopold Weiss and his X-ray machine vs his famous brother, Harry Houdini.
Machine vs Man, Medicine vs Magic.
Hanging in the balance:  the life or death of his patient, Mrs. Enid Churchill.

 10 :10
A screenplay by Vicki Caroline Cheatwood.  Directed by Gail Cronauer.
March 13th & 14th, 2008.
A dark comedy in which a mild mannered vocal teacher meets her
cowboy-dream-come-true at a wedding - her wedding!
10 :10, the relationship you'll never go back to; the sex you'll never forget.


By Tom Sime.  Directed by Robin Armstrong.  March 16th & 17th, 2007.
 Comic . . .  Violent . . . A split-level thriller.  Where life and work converge upon a middle-aged horror fiction writer and her suburban family.
In 2008, The Modern Stage produced
BLOODLETTERS at Teatro Dallas.


By Tom Sime.  Directed by Marianne Galloway.  March 23rd & 24th, 2006.
Comedy.  Tragedy.  Love Story.  Thriller.  All of the Above.  This funny and suspenseful play about a deaf-mute, philanthropist, her unstable translator, and the thief who comes between them.  All of the Above won the 2005 Peterson Emerging Playwright Competition at Catawba College in North Carolina; where the play received a student production in February 2006.
In 2007, Risk Theatre Initiative produced ALL OF THE ABOVE to open their new performance space.


By Barbara Macchia. Directed by Robin Armstrong.  April 21st & 22nd, 2005.
From  3rd Street in San Francisco, Bridge to China Basin
carries us over a canal to an isolated peninsula, though a hole in a fence to an emcampment of the homeless:  Mary, Shelly, 'Crazy' Janey and Tweeker Tom.



y Valerie Brogan Powell.  Directed by Matthew Tomlanovich.
February 20th & 21nd, 2004.
FEY: Marked by an otherworldly air or attitude; visionary; crazy; touched; doomed. Two sisters must decide if their mother's choice to live as the Queen of the Fairies makes them fairy pricesses or gives them power of attorney. 
In 2007, WingSpan produced this play as Sidhe for the FIT fest.


y Vicki Caroline Cheatwood. Directed by Beverly Jacob Daniel. February 20 & 21, 2003.
TOUCH & GO is a fast paced urban comedy about life, love and art! It explores the fluorescent world of the all-night diner.


By Valerie Brogan Powell. Directed by Nicki Flacks. April 26 & 27, 2002.

GEM OF THE HILLS is a shocking story set in northeast Alabama. Based on the true crime tale of Marie Hilley - a journey of murder, deceit, a daughter's love and a mother's betrayal. The play explores the question: Do we ever really know anybody?


By Lexie LaBove. Directed by James Paul Lemons. October 19 & 20, 2001.

TURNING FOR HOME revolves around Richard Powell, an architect, suffering from a brain stem stroke and his wife Tess. As Tess struggles with the eminent death of her husband and what her world will be without him; Richard creates a world in which he can transmit his final tribute to the woman he loves and the legacy he wants to leave behind. Richard communicates with Tess in the only language left to him.