All performances are Saturdays at 2pm

at Blackfriars Theatre
795 E. Main Street, Rochester, NY 14605

unless otherwise noted

        Hourglass Play Reading Series

Presenting the 2017-2018 season of 
Hourglass Play Reading Series 
in residence at
Blackfriars Theatre, 795 E. Main Street, Rochester, NY 14605

2/10/18 - BLACK LIKE US @ 2PM @ Blackfriars Theatre

by Rachel Atkins

Family secrets ripple through time when three present-day sisters discover the truth about a young African-American woman passing for white sixty years before. What happens in between is a frank and funny look at the shifting boundaries of tolerance and what identity really means.

3/31/18 - MARJORIE PRIME @ 2PM @ Blackfriars Theatre

by Jordan Harrison


It's the age of artificial intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie - a jumble of disparate, fading memories - has a handsome new companion who's programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? In this richly spare, wondrous new play, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits -if any - of what technology can replace.

2015 Pulitzer Prize Finalist

4/21/18 - BARRYMORE'S GHOST @ 2PM @ The Penfield Public Library

by Jason Miller


Barrymore's Ghost opens up the life of the legendary actor John Barrymore in a unique, theatrical manner. Mr. John Barrymore, or Jack Barrymore or Jake Barrymore, is presented as a ghost haunting an unknown theatre which, at the moment, is in rehearsal for a play. The gods have sentenced Barrymore to this purgatorial existence as penance for his abandonment of the theater and the squandering of his talents in the pursuit of fame, greed, and dissipation. Barrymore disputes these assertions of the gods as he painfully and humorously examines the spectrum of his life.

5/19/18 - WATER BY THE SPOONFUL @ 2PM @ Blackfriars Theatre

by Quiara Algeria Hudes


Somewhere in Philadelphia, Elliot has returned form Iraq and is struggling to find his place in the world. Somewhere in a chat room, recovering addicts keep each other alive, hour by hour, day by day. The boundaries of family and community are stretched across the continents and cyberspace as birth families splinter and online families collide. Water by the Spoonful is a heartfelt meditation on lives on the brink of redemption.

Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize