The Acting Company

In New YorkSalon Readings

The Acting Company's John McDonald Salon Readings offer an opportunity to see great plays performed by Acting Company alumni and other prominent actors. Each reading starts at 7pm and is followed by a reception where you will have the chance to interact with the cast and director over wine and refreshments.
SAVE THE DATES: Mondays, December 12, 2016 and in 2017: February 13, March 20, April 24 and an Add-On reading May 15. Play titles for the 2016/17 season are listed below.

To be added to our Salon Reading Mailing List, email Liana Fernez at

TICKETS for next season will be on sale soon. 
Call The Acting Company (Monday through Friday)
212-258-3111 for information, and check back for updates.

$35 per ticket general admission

Design for Living

by Noël Coward
Directed by Maria Aitken

"I love you. You love me. You love Otto. I love Otto. Otto Loves You. Otto loves me. There now! Start to unravel from there." Tony Award nominee Maria Aitken (The 39 Steps), a leading interpreter of Noël Coward, directs this deliciously wicked, remarkably modern comedy. The Acting Company will tour Design for Living in a full production in 2018. 

December 12, 2016


by Karel Čapek
Directed by Dana Ivey

The social satire that introduced the word ‘robot’ to the world, R.U.R. chronicles a mechanized creation’s revolt against its creators. Under the direction of five-time Tony nominee Dana Ivey, this classic play finds new relevance in an age in which technology—both its promise and its pitfalls—is an increasingly inescapable part of our lives.

February 13, 2017

A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes or the Gospel of Tartuffe

by Marcus Gardley 

From Marcus Gardley, author of last season’s The House That Will Not Stand and The Acting Company’s forthcoming touring production of X, comes an inventive riff on Moliere’s Tartuffe set in a world of megachurches and religious hypocrisy. Written in verse, this hit from the London stage will be heard for the first time in New York in this very special Acting Company reading.  

March 20, 2017


by Rebecca Gilman
Directed by Ian Belknap

From Ibsen’s masterpiece A Doll’s House, Acting Company favorite Rebecca Gilman brings Nora and her family into our century in modern-day Chicago. Replete with social satire and powerful humanity, Dollhouse reunites The Acting Company with one of the country’s leading dramatists.

April 24, 2017

Lady Tattoo

by Meg Miroshnik
Directed by Devin Brain

Inspired by the subversive trend of wealthy American women embracing tattoo artistry at the turn of the 19th century, Lady Tattoo explores the human need for the power and control that secrets offer. Playwright Meg Miroshnik, under commission with The Acting Company, will reveal her compelling new play to a public audience for the first time in this Acting Company reading.

May 15, 2017