Readers’ Circle


Readers’ Circle is a monthly play-reading group, created by Carol Pedersen, that meets at Live Arts–or online for the 2020/2021 season–to enjoy and discuss great plays, from the famous to the obscure. It’s currently facilitated by Gretchen York.

In December Readers’ Circle will once again meet via Zoom on the 3rd Sunday of the month, so the next meeting will be Sunday, December 20, at 3pm. We will read Sarah Ruhl’s FOR PETER PAN ON HER 70TH BIRTHDAY, a 2016 play about a woman and her siblings who confront mortality with stories of their youth. Interested parties can RSVP directly to Gretchen York (info below) for electronic access to the script.

About the play:

FOR PETER PAN ON HER 70TH BIRTHDAY centers on a woman (Ann) who, 50 years after playing Peter Pan (to her father’s great pride), gathers with her 4 aging siblings, first at their father’s deathbed and then to mourn his passing. As her brothers and her sister each plays their role at the hospital and at home…and as old memories and resentments resurface…Ann is drawn back into the story of the young boy who refuses to grow up. The play is both minutely realistic and a flight of fancy; it closely traces the most difficult of moments and captures the desire to escape. It’s a thoughtful ode to companionship and family amidst encroaching loneliness and the darkness of winter…and a fitting play for us to consider this December.

FOR PETER PAN runs about 75 minutes, so we’ll plan to be finished by 5pm (but we may run a bit longer if discussion is energetic).

About the meeting:

If you want to join us, please RSVP to Gretchen York at and she will share a Google folder with the script (and perhaps reviews and resources). Gretchen will send out the Zoom invite to the RSVP list once she has a more complete list of attendees.

Any questions about Readers’ Circle can be directed to Gretchen York at the email address above or Education Director Miller Susen at