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In New YorkSalon Reading Series

The John McDonald Salon Series presents works that are thematically linked to the repertory season, rarely produced, or offer a first opportunity to see new plays and works being considered for future production. Reading casts feature a range of veteran Acting Company alumni and Broadway luminaries led by some of the theater's most celebrated directors. Recent highlights include Present Laughter starring Kevin Kline and Marcus Gardley’s The House That Will Not Stand.

The Salon Readings take place at 7 PM. Each reading is followed by a reception with the cast.

Salon Series and Salon/Repertory Subscriptions are on sale now on the Subscriptions Page, offering savings of up to 50% off single ticket prices. 

Single Reading Series tickets may be purchased using the show links below, by phone at (212) 258-3111 (Monday to Friday, 10 AM-6 PM), or by mail using a Printable Order Form

Playwrights Horizons
416 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036


The Duke on 42nd Street
229 W 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

Nell Gwynn

by Jessica Swale
directed by Alan Paul

In 1660 London, Nell Gwynn rises from the Coal Yard Alley to fame as the first celebrated woman of the English Stage. In an era when women are considered second-class citizens, will Nell prevail against the trappings of her time?  Alexandra Silber (Master Class, Fiddler on the Roof) stars as the unlikely real-life heroine who won the heart of a king.

June 24, 2019

Playwrights Horizons Mainstage Theater

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by Nambi E. Kelley
from the Novel by Toni Morrison
directed by Awoye Timpo

This imaginative adaptation of Toni Morrison’s novel reflects the music of its title as it follows Joe and Violet “Violent” Trace through years of love, loss and danger, played out admidst the transformation of the Harlem Renaissance.

August 06, 2019

The Duke on 42nd Street

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Letters from Prison

curated by Dakin Matthews
directed by Devin Brain

Oscar Wilde. Nelson Mandela. Mary Queen of Scots. Many of history's great thinkers have defied the government and been jailed as a result. In this original evening, Dakin Matthews—a regarded adapter of classical texts— reveals their struggles with the realities of imprisonment and a longing from freedom and change through their own inspiring words.

August 13, 2019

The Duke on 42nd Street

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