Reading Theater Project announces Holy Orders by Susan E. Sneeringer

The Reading Theater Project has announced the cast and performance details for Holy Orders by Susan E. Sneeringer, the first staged reading in the Play Reading Series: Wonder. The reading will take place Thursday, April 11, 2024, 7pm at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts’ Boscov Theatre, 200 Washington Street, Reading, Pa. Free parking is available behind the building.

Jody Reppert directs Sneeringer’s play about Margaret Delany, a 65-year-old nun who is suspended from her order after serving Mass for a needy Louisiana parish. The diocese has ignored multiple requests for a priest to perform the ritual and Margaret rises to the task, prepared to suffer the consequences for breaking with her order and her church. She has to wonder…was this rebellious act in response to an urgent need or was this urgent need a chance to ascend to her true vocation, the life of a Catholic priest?

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The cast features Tama McConnell as Margaret Delany, and also includes Richard Bradbury, Deb Brubaker, John Gancar, Vicki Haller Graff, Emily Hershey, Andrea Keck, Karyn Reppert, and Kevin Wade.

The Play Reading Series this spring will connect to the season’s theme of “Wonder” and will feature four plays by local and regional playwrights. Each is performed as a staged reading followed by a facilitated talkback with the playwright, director, and actors. The other Play Reading Series performance dates are:

Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 7:00pm – Prospect Hill by Bruce Walsh, Directed by
Kimberly Patterson. Thursday, May 9, 2024, 7:00pm – Banshee by Adam Richter, Directed by Sean Sassaman. Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 7:00pm – Arachnothology (A Study of Spiders) by Kimberly
Patterson, Directed by Andrea Kennedy Hart.

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More information and tickets are available on our website,

Like other productions, the Play Reading Series will follow the Pay What You Will Model: an audience member can choose their own price for a ticket, including $0. The recommended price is $10, and we encourage those who are able to pay the $20 Pay It Forward price. This ticket pricing model is part of our Theater For All initiative to make theater more accessible to all audiences. Tickets are already available at or by calling 484-706-9719.

The Reading Theater Project is a locally-focused theater company, based in Reading/Berks County, PA, valuing collaboration and creative challenges and believe theater is an inclusive experience that can reveal our shared human condition.

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