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I LIVE YOU [AUTOCORRECT] by Douglas Williams

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Playwright Douglas Williams.

PlayPenn is pleased to host two public readings of a new play, I LIVE YOU [AUTOCORRECT], by Douglas Williams. These readings are the culmination of a week long developmental workshop.

When and Where:
October 21st, 2019 at 7:00PM, The Bluver Theatre (302 S. Hicks Street, Philadelphia, PA)
October 23rd, 2019 at 7:00PM, Theatre Horizon (401 DeKalb Street, Norristown, PA)
Please note there will be no late seating at these performances.


By Douglas Williams
Director: Matthew S. Decker
Dramaturg: Michele Volansky

Cast: Caroline Dooner, Dave Johnson, Leigha Kato, and Garrick Vaughan

Most days, Sara’s only in-depth conversation is with the Google Home that sits next to her bed. Drowning in technology and overworked at her job at Zipcar, Sara travels to a remote location in Upstate New York for the soft opening of a new, mysterious digital detox retreat.

Readings are free and open to the public.

Tickets will be available up until 3pm the day of the reading. After 3pm, tickets will be available at the door.

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Doug Williams‘ plays have been produced and developed at PlayPenn, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Azuka Theatre, Orbiter 3, Theatre Horizon, The Foundry & The Painted Bride, among others.

He is the Playwright-In-Residence at Azuka Theatre who has produced three of his plays, including the upcoming SHIP.

His play Shitheads was recommended for the Harold & Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and was the winner of 4 Philadelphia Critics’ Awards including Best New Play & Best Overall Production.

HOW A BOY FALLS by Steven Dietz

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Playwright Steven Dietz. Photo by John Ullman.

PlayPenn is pleased to host a public reading of a new play, How a Boy Falls, by Steven Dietz.

When: June 3, 2019 at 7:00PM
Please note there will be no late seating at this performance.

Where: The Bob and Selma Horan Studio Theatre at the Arden’s Hamilton Family Center, located at 62 N. 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

How a Boy Falls

By Steven Dietz

Director: Anne Marie Cammarato

Dramaturgs: Michele Volansky and Paul Meshejian


The loss of a young boy casts suspicion on his newly-hired au pair, as well as on the wealthy parents who have hired her.  As the parents seek revenge upon one another, the young au pair is hatching a plot of her own.  How a Boy Falls is a psychological thriller about the way in which past events can be weaponized to shape the present.


This reading is free and open to the public.  


Tickets will be available up until 4pm the day of the reading. After 4pm, tickets will be available at the door.

Questions? Contact

Steven Dietz‘s thirty-plus plays and adaptations have been seen at over one hundred regional theatres in the United States, as well as Off-Broadway. International productions have been seen in over twenty countries, including recently in Brazil, Thailand, South Africa, Estonia and Iran. His work has been translated into a dozen languages. Recent world premieres include Bloomsday (Steinberg New Play Award Citation); This Random World (Humana Festival of New American Plays); Rancho Mirage (Edgerton New Play Award), and On Clover Road (NNPN “rolling world premiere”). His interlocking plays for adult and youth audiences (The Great Beyond and The Ghost of Splinter Cove) recently premiered in Charlotte, NC. A two-time winner of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award (Fiction, Still Life with Iris), Dietz is also a two-time finalist for the American Theatre Critic’s Steinberg New Play Award (Last of the Boys, Becky’s New Car). He received the PEN USA West Award in Drama for Lonely Planet, and the Edgar Award® for Drama for Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. Currently a Dramatists Guild “Traveling Master”, Dietz teaches workshops in playwriting and story-making across the U.S. He and his wife, playwright Allison Gregory, divide their time between Seattle and Austin.

THE HAUNTED LIFE by Sean Daniels

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Playwright Sean Daniels

PlayPenn is pleased to host a public reading of a new adaptation of the lost Kerouac novel, The Haunted Life, adapted by Sean Daniels

When: December 17, 2018 at 7:30PM
Please note there will be no late seating at this performance.

Where: The Proscenium Theatre at The Drake located at 302 S. Hicks Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

The Haunted Life

By Sean Daniels

Based on the book by Jack Kerouac

Director: Christopher Oscar Peña

Dramaturg: Michele Volansky


A new adaptation of a lost novel by Jack Kerouac, The Haunted Life is a deeply-felt family drama that follows the coming of age story of college student Peter Martin and his relationship with his conservative father. Taking place during America’s last golden summer before entering WWII, it chronicles the cost of war on a small town.


This reading is free and open to the public.  


Currently all seats have been reserved, however we encourage you to sign up for the waitlist and arrive 15 minutes beforehand. We expect to be able to accommodate those who show up for released seats.

Questions? Contact

Sean Daniels is the current Artistic Director at Merrimack Repertory Theatre . Before joining MRT, he was the Artist-At-Large at the Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York, where he received national attention for the Cohort Club, a program designed to better engage audience members with the work on stage.

Sean was named “One of the top fifteen up & coming artists in the U.S., whose work will be transforming America’s stages for decades to come.” and “One Of 7 People Reshaping And Revitalizing The American Musical” by American Theatre Magazine.

Sean previously spent four years at the Tony Award-winning Actors Theatre of Louisville as the theater’s Associate Artistic Director (where he directed 17 productions including 5 Humana Festivals). He was also Associate Artistic Director/Resident Director of the California Shakespeare Theater and before that spent a decade as the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Dad’s Garage Theater Company in Atlanta.