Thanks to the late Roy McChesney for beginning this group. He entertained us in the production by the Manatee Players of The Morning’s At Seven by Paul Osborn at the Manatee Performing Arts new Theater. The play reading is continuing under the direction of Lois Stilley. Join us the first and third Fridays of every month at 1:30 and let loose the Barrymore ghost that lives within us all!

We wish Lois Stilley a fast recovery so she can call us all together again in February 2018.


Each year the Play Reading Ensemble entertains at the MUUF Talent Show with an original skit or two. Ed Janz, a play writer as well as reader, writes and directs a play to educate as well as entertain about a social justice issue. The first of these was about Inequality and was performed with a MUUF cast and crew.

Since inception, the group has been active with the following readings:

Our Town by Thornton Wilder

Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman

State of the Union by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

You Can’t Take it with You by George Kaufman and Moss Hart

  Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

The Importance of Being Earnest by Thornton Wilder

It’s a Wonderful Life by James Rogers

Once in a Lifetime by George Kaufman and Moss Hart

The Man Who Came to Dinner by George Kaufman and Moss Hart

Doubt by John Patrick Shanley

Life With Father, Scene 2 – His Baptism