Readings at Cape May Stage:

Cape May Stage is dedicated to entertaining, educating, and inspiring audiences by producing fresh visions of classics, well-known contemporary plays, and new works. Don’t miss our popular “Readings Series” with local artists, actors, and storytellers.


Performance Date: 06/03/2019, 8:00 pm

By Kathleen Huber

The ghost of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the 18th-Century philosopher, playwright, novelist, composer, and religious-social-and-political gadfly, is awakened from his 240-year slumber by an irate young woman from OUR century, who demands that he, answer for various horrors and disasters of the past two centuries – many of which have been blamed on his writings.
Horrified that so much tyranny, death, and destruction have been laid at his door, Rousseau sets out to clear his reputation, at least in the eyes of this attractive young opponent.
These two representatives of their eras clash both dramatically and humorously as Rousseau tells his story, insisting that to judge him, one must read not only his works but his soul. (“If I am no better than other men, at least I am different!”)

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Performance Date: 06/10/2019, 8:00 pm

By Larry Kramer

The Normal Heart is a powerful, stirring drama based on the harrowing true story of the beginning of the AIDS crisis in New York City, and the gay men who fought with an entire political system to take their plight seriously. Based on playwright Larry Kramer’s own experiences founding the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York in the 1980s, The Normal Heart follows Ned Weeks, a reluctant leader but furious activist, as he campaigns for awareness, and tends to his own friends and lovers who are dying all around him. A strong indictment against ignorance, and a heartfelt story of love and compassion, The Normal Heart is a passionate and searing portrayal of a population at war, and a plague that nips at its heels every step of the way. The Normal Heart – reading

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Performance Date: 10/07/2019, 7:30 pm

By William P. CainSet in 2012, just before and also during Hurricane Sandy, The Reds focuses on the lifeguards who put their lives on the line every day to keep beach-goers safe. The play balances the fun and quirky aspects of the lifeguard sub-culture with the sobering realizations of how powerful mother nature can be.

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All readings are Pay-What-You-Wish and do not require reservations. You may reserve your seats online by giving a donation. Just follow the link for more information on all the readings and how to reserve your seats today.  Doors open 30 minutes before the reading.