Upcoming Events

Join us for “A Taste of Red,” our Winter 2023 staged reading series!

With our Winter 2023 Play Reading Series, A Red Orchid Theatre invites you to take a peek behind the curtain and see how our team goes about exploring a play. What gets our ensemble excited about a script? How do actors, directors, playwrights, and designers all approach the same text differently? What defines a quintessential A Red Orchid production?

To recreate the warm ambience of these casual, cozy conversations, we’ve ventured outside of Wells Street and partnered with some new friends. Join us for a bite and a drink and let the words wash over you!

Jan. 25th: Revolution

Who celebrates their 26th birthday in an alley? Puff, that’s who. With the help of her best friend Jame and the unlikely company of Georgia, Puff rings in her birthday with laughter, connection, and Miller High Life.

When: Wed., Jan. 25th

Where: Mrs. Murphy & Sons’ Irish Bistro, 3905 N. Lincoln Ave.

The reading will begin at 7 PM.We encourage you to arrive early to purchase food & drinks, mingle with the AROT family, and settle in for the performance! If you plan to get dinner, the pub opens at 5 PM.

The performance will be followed by a discussion facilitated by our Ensemble Members and AROT’s Literary Coordinator, Peter Ruiz.

RSVPs: RSVPs are now closed.

Feb. 1st: The Housing Situation on Neptune

Sisters Kiki and Alma know that living in a burning country owned by a technocrat trillionaire warlord is kind of a drag, but at least the internet service is reliable. And, honestly, it’s not that bad. Just a few tips: avoid the Red Zone if you can; always keep a gas mask handy; and have an active Playground© subscription for those days when you wanna leave this reality and escape into VR (which will be often). Also, steer clear of ANYONE even remotely adjacent to the Resistance. NJ Draine’s new play is a frightening, absurd romp in a world so strange it starts to feel familiar.

When: Wed., Feb. 1st

Where: Mrs. Murphy & Sons’ Irish Bistro, 3905 N. Lincoln Ave.

The reading will begin at 7:30 PM. We encourage you to arrive early to purchase food & drinks, mingle with the AROT family, and settle in for the performance! If you plan to get dinner, the pub opens at 5 PM.

The performance will be followed by a discussion facilitated by our Ensemble Members and AROT’s Literary Coordinator, Peter Ruiz.

RSVPs: RSVPs are now closed.

Feb. 13th: A Night of Williams & Chekhov

And Tell Sad Stories on the Death of Queens

A one-act play by Tennessee Williams

Directed by Kyle Stoffers

Candy Delaney is a successful New Orleans interior decorator and also a drag queen approaching her 35th birthday. On the rebound from a seventeen-year relationship, Candy has picked up a rough sailor, Karl, on whom she lavishes money. Written in 1957 and never produced during Tennessee Williams’ lifetime, this is Williams’ most overtly queer play.

A Marriage Proposal

A one-act play by Anton Chekhov

Directed by Ava Calabrese Grob

Ivan Lomov visits his longtime neighbor, Stepan Chubukov, to propose marriage to Stepan’s daughter Natalya. There’s just one problem: the opinionated Ivan and competitive Natalya can’t seem to talk without getting into an argument! Will the proposal ever be accepted, or will the pair’s arguing be the death of hypochondriac Ivan?

When: Mon., Feb. 13th

Where: Hopleaf Bar, 5148 N. Clark St.

The reading will begin at 7 PM. We encourage you to arrive early to purchase drinks, mingle with the AROT family, and settle in for the performance.

The performance will be followed by a discussion facilitated by the directors, the cast, and AROT’s Literary Coordinator, Peter Ruiz.

RSVPs: Please fill out the Google form at the button below if you plan to attend. Note: this event is free to attend. Once we hit our space capacity, any new patrons who sign up will be added to our waitlist. Waitlisted patrons will be contacted if spots open up; otherwise, they will be given priority to attend our next reading.