Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Play Readings

The Montgomery Davis Play Development Series

Sponsored by Konrad K. Kuchenbach

Staged Reading #1

An Evening with Carl Sandburg

Written and performed by Jonathan Gillard Daly
Directed by Gale Childs Daly

Monday, OCTOBER 19, 2015 - 7:30 pM

Carl Sandburg was once a household name in America. Throughout his life, he travelled across the country, guitar in hand, appearing before audiences and entertaining thousands with recitations of his poetry, his eclectic repertoire of folk songs, and whatever personal reminiscences and observations of the American scene came into his head. This presentation is an affectionate attempt to recreate one of those "concerts."

The reading is Pay-What-You-Can. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Skylight Bar & Bistro (second floor), Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway

The reading is Pay-What-You-Can. Seating is first-come, first-served.

The Bar & Bistro, operated by Indulge Wine Room, will be open for dinner and refreshments starting at 5:30 on October 19.  Patrons can enjoy full bar service and pre-performance dinners . Reservations for full table service are welcomed in advance by emailing or calling 414.291.3773. No reservations, no problem. Enjoy the full menu by ordering at the counter.

Staged Reading #2


by Michael Proft
Directed by Mary MacDonald Kerr

Monday, MAY 2, 2016 - 7:30 pM

In 1906 Boston, journalist Sibyl Wilford O'Bryne interviews the renowned Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science. Eddy has recently been under attack by Joseph Pulitzer's gutter press, who dispute Eddy's mental and physical competency. As the women's relationship grows, it becomes clear that Eddy is not the only one who is in crisis.

Offered in partnership with Wisconsin Wrights, a Forward Theater Company program.



    Milwaukee Chamber Theatre accepts new scripts for consideration for the Montgomery Davis Play Development Series on a rolling basis.  Click here for more information.

    Past Readings

    The Montgomery Davis Play Development Series - staged reading history

    2014-2015 Readings:

    THE BOY INSIDE by Richard Kalinoski
    October 13, 2014

    500 YEARS by Michelle Lopez-Rios
    May 4, 2015

    2013-2014 Readings:

    WAITING by Kimberly Megna Yarnall
    October 14, 2013

    SILENT by Gwendolyn Rice
    March 10, 2014

    2012-2013 Readings:

    MORE LOSERS by James Fletcher
    September 17, 2012

    PLAZA HOTEL BALLROOM by Alice Austen
    March 4, 2013

    2011-2012 Readings:

    OCTOBER, BEFORE I WAS BORN by Lori Matthews
    September 19, 2011

    A collaboration with Skylight Music Theatre
    February 27, 2012

    2010-2011 Readings:

    HOT FLASHES, the metaphor; by Lynne Topping Farrell
    September 20, 2010

    AMONG THE SQUIRRELS by Eric Appleton
    March 7, 2011

    2009-2010 Readings:

    THE DESERT QUEEN by James DeVita
    September 21, 2009

    BROKEN AND ENTERED by Kurt McGinnis Brown
    March 15, 2010

    2008-2009 Readings:

    NOT THE ARTIST by Kurt McGinnis Brown
    September 22, 2008

    A THOUSAND WORDS by Gwendolyn Rice
    March 16, 2009

    2007-2008 Readings:

    Story, book and lyrics by Jonathan Gillard Daly
    Music by Larry Delinger, Gregg Coffin and Jonathan Gillard Daly
    September 10, 2007

    BACKWARDS by Alice Austen
    March 17, 2008