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Ted Snowdon Reading Series


Manhattan Theatre Club’s reading series is named in recognition of generous support from Ted Snowdon, an MTC friend and co-producer who has championed new plays and playwrights his entire theatre career in both the commercial and non-profit sectors.

In 1999, MTC first launched a public reading series to help support the development of new works. The first year of the series featured David Auburn’s Proof, which MTC went on to produce in 2001, and which garnered a Tony Award® for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Between then and now, the reading series has helped develop more than 100 new plays, including Molly Smith Metzler’s Close Up Space and Nick Jones’ Important Hats of the Twentieth Century, which went on to full, world premiere productions at MTC. Plays from this reading series that have been produced elsewhere in New York and around the world include Nick Gandiello’s The Blameless, Michael West’s The Chinese Room, Halley Feiffer’s I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard, Ethan Lipton’s Tumacho, Ayad Akhtar’s The Who and the What, Penelope Skinner’s The Village Bike, and Joshua Harmon’s Significant Other.

From 2006 and through 2016, the reading series was funded by the Ernst C. Stiefel Foundation, which contributed almost $1 million in support of more than 65 new plays.

All announcements about the series will be made by email and on the MTC website. If you would like to be added to our email list, please click here.

All readings are free and take place on Mondays at New York City Center, Stage I at 131 West 55th Street. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

To RSVP, please CLICK HERE to fill out an easy online reservation form, or call (212) 399-3000 x4163.

Please scroll down to view the 2017 schedule.

Ted Snowdon has supported new plays and playwrights his entire career, working in both the commercial and non-profit sides of theater. His producing credits reach back to 1979’s Tony Award-winning The Elephant Man and include more recent plays and musicals like Buyer & Cellar, The Visit, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Mountaintop, Reasons To Be Pretty, The Little Dog Laughed, Spring Awakening, and Souvenir. With MTC he co-produced Master Class, Time Stands Still, and LoveMusik. He has long championed the arts and LGBT causes. He is on the boards of Glimmerglass Opera and Primary Stages, where he is co-presenting Michael McKeever’s new play Daniel’s Husband at the Cherry Lane Theatre in March and April.