Want to practice drafts of works-in-progress before a live audience?

No sets. No props. No feedback. Just drafts. 

In this series, writers, actors, singers, songwriters, and performers will present ten minutes of work, on stage, open to the public. Anyone may sit in the audience, at no cost, on a first-come first-served basis. There is no feedback: just read / perform / sing.

Submit up to 10 pages of script or 5 pages of prose/essay/poetry in standard formatting (double spaced, 1" margins) or a 60 second video or audio clip of your song / performance. Examples of eligible works include: essays, poetry, script, songs, prose, or dance… diversity is encouraged. 

Actors can utilize this opportunity to strengthen their cold reading skills: to participate, they will need to arrive 30 minutes before the official start time to be “cast” in a reading (no submission is required although if you wish to participate, please bring a brief, current acting resume). Singers and songwriters will need to bring their own basic instrumental needs.

  Submissions may be made online, prior to each show, where 5-6 works will be selected to perform. Selection will be based on merit of content and contribution to the diverse community of the Starkville area. Because one goal of this project is to build a sense of artistic community, preference may be given to those creatives who attend multiple readings.


Currently scheduled readings. Start times are 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Actors arrived at 7:00 p.m.

Sept. 7, 2018

Oct. 5, 2018

Nov. 2, 2018

Feb. 22, 2019

March 22, 2019

April 26, 2019

All currently scheduled readings will be at SCT's Playhouse on Main Street in downtown Starkville.