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Hendersonville Theatre Staged Reading Series Continues September 10

Series Showcases the Work of Area Playwrights

Hendersonville Theatre (HT) resumes its Staged Reading Series Saturday, September 10 at 4 p.m. Showcasing the work of area playwrights and performed by local actors, The Staged Reading Series is a FREE public reading of a new play in development. However, donations are welcome to support HT.

HT’s The Staged Reading Series offers exciting script-in-hand readings of new plays by emerging local playwrights. The readings are followed by a talk back with the playwright and actors to provide feedback to the playwright.

A short discussion will follow each show to provide feedback to the playwright about their script.

The reading will be held on the Hendersonville main stage, 229 S. Washington Street, Hendersonville, NC. There is no charge to attend or to participate, however donations are welcome and will be used to support HT.

Hendersonville Theatre is committed to exploring and developing new work for American theater, supporting local playwrights with their creative process from concept to production.

Two short original one acts will be read on September 10. The Art of Conning by Beth Norris and Allison Starling and Lucky Women by Catherine Gillet.

In The Art of Conning, three con artists make their living by taking advantage of the elderly. However, meet their match when they encounter the strong willed Miriam, whose battle with dementia causes all sorts of shenanigans to ensue.

In Lucky Women, June and Lois consider their lives over a game of cards at a health spa in the Catskills.

Beth Norris and Allison Starling met and became friends in college, where they were both majoring in theatre. The Art of Conning started as a friendly joke and turned into a project for their playwriting class. Currently, Norris serves as HT’s Associate Artistic Director and Starling as HT’s Board Secretary.

Catherine Gillet’s published and award-winning plays have been produced in numerous venues in the United States including Off-Broadway. As a member of the Playwrights Project at Circle Repertory Company, she studied with Craig Lucas, Paula Vogel and Lanford Wilson. Gilet relocated from New York City to Tryon, where she is the co-founder of Shakespeare & Friends and director of The Dark Horse Theater Project.

Playwrights who would like to submit work for consideration for the Staged Reading Series can follow the submission guidelines posted at and email questions to

Since 1966, Hendersonville Theatre has provided an inviting and nurturing environment for live theatre, as well as high-quality, affordable entertainment for the residents of Hendersonville and surrounding areas. Hendersonville Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking behind and in front of the theater.

Hendersonville Theatre is located at 229 South Washington Street. For tickets or more information contact us at 828-692-1082 or online at