Past Events Salon South

See you on Facebook Live on May 13th!

Warm greetings to all of our Nora’s Playhouse supporters in NYC and Montgomery!  I hope that you all have remained healthy during this strange and scary time.  

In the midst of so many challenges for performing arts organizations, we are very pleased to be able to offer you a “stage reading” online of the fascinating new play by Marianne M. Weber about Montgomery, Alabama’s own, Zelda Sayer Fitzgerald! Many thanks to Kristy Meanor and the Wetumpka Depot Players for their collaboration on this project.  We hope you enjoy the reading. Let us hear from you!

– Caroline Reddick Lawson, Artistic Director and Founder, Nora’s Playhouse

We hope you’ll join us on Facebook Live on Wednesday, May 13th at 7pm for the 2nd informal reading of Zelda! Zelda! by Prattville, Alabama’s own Marianne M. Weber. The play had its first reading on February 24 and the playwright has reworked the script based on the feedback she received. This is a unique opportunity to see a script in development come to life and provide constructive feedback for the playwright.

The boys stood outside Zelda’s bedroom window calling, “Zelda! Come out, Zelda!” Lured by the promise of romance and fun, she crawled out her bedroom window to join them. Thus began Zelda Sayre’s waltz into the world of dazzling parties and the generation’s greatest artists. She became the ultimate flapper and an exciting artist in her own right.This beautiful, talented young woman hitched her rising star to the famous F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the two lived for years in a bubble of glitz, glamour, wealth and excitement. Later, while Scott struggled to maintain his status as a successful author, Zelda struggled to maintain her sanity. Zelda! Zelda! dramatizes the life of this vivacious, talented, troubled woman who is recognized today as the face of the Jazz Age.


Nora’s Salon South Online: Zelda! Zelda!
Wednesday, May 13th at 7pm
on Facebook Live
hosted by Kristy Meanor on the Wetumpka Players Depot Facebook page

Suggested donation: $10 to Nora’s Playhouse or Wetumpka Players Depot

Nora Salon

POSTPONED The Nora Salon: “Cowboys Are Waiting For Me in Montana” is in Brooklyn on March 20th!

Hello all! In an effort to help combat the spread of the COVID-19 and keep everybody healthy and safe, Nora’s Playhouse is postponing our 3/20 gathering of The Nora Salon until a future date. We are currently working with playwright Leah Kornfield Friedman to find an evening later in the year when we can feature her play, Cowboys Are Waiting For Me In Montana. We hope you will be able to join us then for a terrific reading!

Be well! And we look forward to seeing you all sometime soon!

– Rebecca Lovett, Managing Director, Nora’s Playhouse


Our next gathering of The Nora Salon is Friday, March 20th in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn! We hope you’ll join us for a glass of wine, friendly conversation, and an informal reading of Leah Kornfeld Friedman‘s one act play, Cowboys Are Waiting For Me in Montana.

It’s the 4th of July. It is also the 45th wedding anniversary of Bride and Groom. When Groom comes home to reveal that he has been fired, Bride panics. But the couple decides to uphold their annual tradition anyway and journey through “The Notebook.” This detailed record of milestones and the wild range of emotions that has accompanied their decades long marriage, reveals Bride’s frustrations with her role as a wife and mother and her unquenchable thirst for change, adventure, and escape. Witness the “flotsam and jetsam” of Bride and Groom’s lives in Leah Kornfeld Friedman’s Beckett-esque one act, Cowboys Are Waiting For Me in Montana.

The Nora Salon:
Cowboys Are Waiting For Me in Montana


Please email us at to add your name to the guest list for this future event. We will alert you as soon as we have the new date scheduled.

Suggested donation: $10

Staged Readings

Announcing the 2020 Barlow Award-winning one-act play: Leah Barsanti’s “The Almost Emperor of the Unofficial Deestrick of Lake Michigan”

Nora’s Playhouse and our fellow women-in-theatre-focused nonprofit History Matters/Back to the Future are proud to present a staged reading of Leah Barsanti’s Judith Barlow Award-winning play: The Almost Emperor of the Unofficial Deestrick of Lake Michigan this April in NYC.

The Judith Barlow Prize is awarded by History Matters/Back to the The Future annually to a student playwright for an  exceptional one-act play inspired by the work of an historic female playwright. The student winner of the prize receives a $2,500 award and a reading of their work in New York City, with a $500 award to the participating professor of the course in which the inspiring play was taught. Leah Barsanti of Northwestern University was inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and sponsored by Professor Roxane Heinze-Bradshaw.

This is Nora’s Playhouse’s first year collaborating with History Matters/Back to the The Future to produce a reading of the Barlow Award winning piece.

The reading will be held at 7:00pm on Monday, April 20, 2020 at the Episcopal Actors’ Guild (1 East 29th Street, NYC 10016). The reading will be followed by a talkback and a brief wine and cheese reception.

Tickets will soon be available.

The Judith Barlow Prize is named for Judith E. Barlow, Ph.D., a Professor Emeritus of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Albany, SUNY and editor of “Plays By American Women 1900-1930,” “Plays By American Women 1930-1960,” and “Women Writers of the Provincetown Playhouse.” Barlow is also the author of “Final Acts: The Creation of Three Late O’Neill Plays, as well as numerous essays on American Drama. 

Past recipients of the prize include Hannah Manikowski (2019) for earth’s most customer-centric company inspired by María Irene Fornés’s Fefu and Her Friends, Audrey Webb (2018) for The Only Hills We’ve Ever Had inspired by Lorraine Hanberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, Kara Jobe (2017) for Leaf inspired by Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes, Lindsay Adams (2016) for Her Own Devices inspired by Mary Chase’s Harvey, and Selina Fillinger (2015) for Three Landings and a Fire Escape inspired by Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal.

A national coalition of theater professionals with an entirely unique mission, History Matters/Back to the Future promotes the study and production of women playwrights of the past and their plays in colleges, universities, and theaters throughout the country and seeks engagement with those plays by contemporary playwrights.

“History Matters/Back to the Future performs a vital service to both the academic and and theatrical communities. We ensure that masterworks written by women playwrights of the past are routinely read and taught in colleges and universities and that the women who wrote them are held up as significant contributors to the art of playwriting.”

History Matters/Back to the Future Founder, Joan Vail Thorne

For more information on History Matters/Back to the Future or the Judith Barlow Prize, visit

Teachers interested in joining the One Play at a Time Initiative should visit