Each season Vanity Theatre Company stages new work in a unique new play reading series. Focusing on local talent, the series allows playwrights to present work to an audience at various points in the development process. Sign up for VTC News to receive updates on upcoming readings and other events and opportunities.

Future Readings:

Enter the Pigman
by John Van Slyke

March 15, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Alverno College
Sister Joel Read Center
3400 S 43rd St
Milwaukee, WI

$10 Suggested Donation

Javen is a young, intelligent depressive. When an enterprising gent known only as the Pigman alleviates Javen’s anxiety, she is sold with his innovative methods. But when the Dark Figure she’s dealing with proves to be a bigger problem, the Pigman suggests methods far more severe.

Past Readings:

After the Desert God

After the Desert God by Kadya Molodowsky
a world premiere English translation by Joel Berkowitz

May 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Music Building, Recital Hall
2400 East Kenwood Blvd

May 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center
Ritz Theatre
6255 North Santa Monica Blvd

In the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust, Yiddish poet Kadya Molodowsky wrote her drama After the Desert God, inspired by true events in the life of Doña Gracia Mendes Nasi (1510-69). Molodowsky brings history to life with vivid characters, taut dialogue, intrigue, and romance.

See us in the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle!

Antigone by Sophocles
a new translation by David Mulroy

February 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2512 East Hartford Ave
Merrill Hall 131
Donations appreciated

Oedipus’ complex is nothing compared to his daughter’s. Vanity is very pleased to present a reading of Antigone, another spectacular translation from David Mulroy.


Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
a verse translation by David Mulroy

November 16, 2010 at 7:30 pm
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2200 E. Kenwood Blvd
The Art Center Lecture Hall (ACL 120)
$10 suggested donation, free to students w/id

Join us and translator, David Mulroy, for the “Mother of all Tragedies.”

Oedipus Rex by Sophocles: A verse translation by David Mulroy. Used by permission of the University of Wisconsin Press. © 2011 by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. All rights reserved.

by Erik N. Ebarp

December 14 & 15, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Tenth Street Theatre
628 N. 10th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Tickets: $10

Christmas Eve 1912 – In Stockholm, Sweden, the Wikström family gathers for the holiday. Little do they know that two independent spirits have their own designs on the family celebration. The events that follow will teach them, spirit and mortal alike, valuable lessons that change their destinies forever.

Giant Days
by Erik N. Ebarp

June 20, 2009 at 7:30 pm
Tenth Street Theatre
628 N. 10th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53233

What happens to the Staley family and their farm when the global economy comes knocking on their door? Can they change or will the world pass them by?

Read the Shepherd Express preview, Shepherd Express review, and Examiner interview with Erik Ebarp.

If you have any questions about our readings, please contact us: info@vanitytheatre.org.