The Staged Reading Companion Series

A new series of free, one-night only staged readings to enrich your theatrical experience


In 2017, Palo Alto Players launched a free series of five (5), one-night-only staged readings, taking relatively unknown theatrical pieces that match the tone, period, and theme of our mainstage productions.  These readings not only broaden your personal theatrical canon, but expand and enhance your experience at Palo Alto Players!


For tickets to our next upcoming Staged Reading, PEERLESS, which performs on Sunday, June 23rd at 7:00pm at the Lucie Stern Theater, you can RSVP online here!


For information on how to reserve seats for future staged readings in the series, join Palo Alto Players’ email list. Season subscribers will get first access to reservations and priority seating for the series. Purchase a season subscription online today, or by phone at 650-329-0891, or in person at the Box Office at the Lucie Stern Theater located at 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.


Palo Alto Players’ staged reading companion series for the 2018-19 season is as follows:



by Jiehae Park

Directed by Kristen Lo

June 23, 2019


...a companion staged reading for Palo Alto Players’ production of ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS


THE STORY: Asian-American twins M and L have given up everything to get into The College. So when D, a one-sixteenth Native American classmate, gets “their” spot instead, they figure they’ve got only one option: kill him. A darkly comedic take on Shakespeare’s Macbeth about the very ambitious and the cut-throat world of high school during college admissions. 

Suggested age recommendation: Ages 16 and up.




by Mindy Kaling, Brenda Withers

January 30, 2019

...a companion staged reading for Palo Alto Players’ production of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE


THE STORY: Matt & Ben depicts its Hollywood golden boys – before J-Lo, before Gwyneth, before Project Greenlight, before Oscar… before anyone actually gave a damn. When the screenplay for Good Will Hunting drops mysteriously from the heavens, the boys realize they’re being tested by a Higher Power. 




by Jiréh Breon Holder

November 11, 2018 - POSTPONED

...a companion staged reading for Palo Alto Players’ production of ALL THE WAY


THE STORY: In the summer of 1961, the Freedom Riders are embarking on a courageous journey into the Deep South. When twenty-year-old Bowzie Brandon gives up a life-changing college scholarship to join the movement, he’ll have to convince his loved ones—and himself—that shaping his country’s future might be worth jeopardizing his own.




by Lucas Hnath

September 16, 2018

...a companion staged reading for Palo Alto Players’ production of TARZAN


THE STORY: Tonight, Walt is going to read you a screenplay he wrote. It's about his last days on earth. It's about a city he's going to build that's going to change the world. And it's about his brother. It's about everyone who loves him so much, and it's about how sad they're going to be when he's gone. Right? I mean, how can they live without him? How can anyone live without him?