The generosity of our loyal fans has made it possible for HOURGLASS to continue to present readings of thoughtful, well-crafted plays that might not otherwise be produced in the Rochester area. We have been privileged to use the talents of many of our area’s most gifted actors and directors. We hope you’ll visit our ‘gallery’ of photos from most of the readings we’ve done. Keep up with what’s going to be performed and when in the ‘happening now’ section. Check the website and our Facebook page for audition information and what we’ll be doing in season #6.


Hourglass Play Reading Series In 2010, Sandi Henschel, Barbara Lobb and Maria Scipione were having dinner at a  Rochester bistro. The three veteran director/actresses were lamenting the fact that a very popular reading series was no longer going to be offering readings. Someone said, “Hey! Let’s start our own reading series!” ...and Rochester Fringe Play Reading Series was born. After a successful first season at the Harley School, an invitation came for us to perform at Blackfriars Theatre and we welcomed the move into the City.

Eventually, Rochester Fringe became HOURGLASS Play Reading Series and we became an associate member of Theatre ROCs. Michelle Brown joined us as co-producer in 2013, while former executive producer, Barbara Lobb, now does our program design. Our faithful stage manager, David Ryon, continues to keep our shows running smoothly.

Hourglass Play Reading Series

TheatreROCS presents...

David Ryon
Maria Scipione   Michelle Brown   Sandi Henschel 
Maria Scipione   Sandi Henschel   Barbara Lobb

Hourglass Play Reading Series is proud to be an associate member of Theatre Rocs and an artistic partner of Blackfriars Theatre.