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Caltech Playreaders:  Theater of the Imagination

63rd Season:  “Scandalous!”


About Playreaders

Playreaders perform staged script-in-hand readings before an audience of Caltech/JPL/Huntington friends, meeting six times during the academic year in The Athenaeum. There are no auditions; sets, costumes, and props are minimal. We introduce the play briefly, setting the stage with intriguing background information. Readings generally run about two hours. After the performance, all are welcome to join us for sherry, refreshments, and informal discussion. All members of the Caltech/JPL/Huntington community are cordially invited. No reservations are needed for the reading, but if you plan to dine at The Athenaeum beforehand (reservations requested at 626/395-8200), you are most welcome to join the Playreaders Table which is seated promptly at 6:00 p.m. to make the 8:00 p.m. curtain time. The table need not be full before ordering.


Admission for Caltech Women's Club (CWC) members is $3, and $4 for all others. 


Additional Contact Information

If you would like to read a part, please introduce yourself to our casting coordinators


For membership questions, please contact  


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Tuesday, May 6, 8:00 p.m., Athenaeum Hall of Associates
Our Town, by Thornton Wilder (1938)

Directed and introduced by Alice Stone


On May 6 Playreaders celebrate the 75th anniversary of America's bestloved play: Our Town. The play limns the small New Hampshire community of Grover's Corners from 1901 to 1913. In a setting controversial for its time, a Stage Manager on a barren set conjures up the Webb and Gibbs families and follows the romance and marriage of their daughter and son. Make no mistake – it is not an idyll. As anywhere, there is scandal and
death. But the overwhelming, aching sweetness and light of everyday life shine down on the play. If you've never been to Grover's Corners, come visit. If you have, welcome back. After all, it's the 75th birthday.


Playreaders are co-sponsored by the CWC and the Athenaeum.