Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Play Readings


The Montgomery Davis Play Development Series

Sponsored by Konrad K. Kuchenbach

Staged Reading #1

The Prisoner of Zenda

by Anthony Hope
adapted by Ryan Schabach and Dan Klarer

directed by Matt Daniels

The King of Ruritania is kidnapped the night before his coronation. In a twist of fate, an unlikely hero has the chance to save both King and country. Will he navigate the web of espionage and win the favor of the princess? THE PRISONER OF ZENDA sees 4 actors play over 30 characters in this swashbuckling high adventure.

Featuring Kay Allmand, Dan Klarer, Ryan Schabach, and Michael Stebbins

MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017 - 7:30 pm


Staged Reading #2

No Wake

by Erica Berman
Directed by Kayleigh Kitzman

With determination (and a bullhorn), elderly Peter Michaels is on a mission to save the loons of Lake Winnipesaukee, who are dying in record numbers. His summer expectations are thwarted by Sarah, a townie teenager hired to clean the house next door. An intergenerational bond sprung out of loneliness and loss forces this unlikely pair to confront their fears and learn from each other how to move on.

Featuring James Pickering and Rachael Zientek

NO WAKE is offered in partnership with Wisconsin Wrights, a Forward Theater Company program.

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 7:30 pM

Readings are held in the Skylight Bar & Bistro (second floor), Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway

All readings are 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.  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.



    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

    2016-2017 Readings:

    BLUE BULLETS by Alvaro Saar Rios
    October 17, 2016

    March 20, 2017

    2015-2016 Readings:

    AN EVENING WITH CARL SANDBURG by Jonathan Gillard Daly
    October 19, 2015

    FAITHLESS by Michael Proft
    May 2, 2016

    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