Dark Nights in Billtown

Dark Nights in Billtown is an intimate theatrical experience in “found spaces” (rooms that are not traditional theatre spaces, but have been adapted for theatrical purposes). We invite you to join us in this uniquely distinct theatre experience. Join us for Dark Nights in Billtown

Why Dark Nights?

What happens in those weeks between shows at the Williamston Theatre? After a show closes, the next show’s set is “loaded in” to the theatre space and rehearsals begin.  The powerful lighting instruments aren’t in use, so we say that the theatre has “gone dark”.  While work is ongoing inside the theatre, the spaces outside the theatre (lobby, green room, scene shop, etc.) are ideal for hearing plays out loud. Some are plays we’re considering for a full production in the future, others are plays that we find compelling but might not be the kind of work we would be able to fully produce.

2014-2015 Dark Nights in Billtown

This season we’ll focus on new plays for the first round November 13 – 15, 2014. For a playwright, there’s nothing more important to the development of a new play than to hear it read by professional actors in front of an audience. Will we mount a full production of any of these? We don’t know. Come and help us figure it out by participating in the talk-back after each reading!


Summer Retreat
By Annie Martin
Thursday, November 13 at 8pm
Amy arrives at the cottage to complete a mission in the name of her old friend Nancy. But will the rest of their friends stand in her way? With a fridge full of beer, hilarious barbs are flying around in the dusty air. This unplanned trip will test their bonds and keep you laughing.

Okay, Bye
By Joshua Conkel
Friday, November 14 at 8pm
At an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, two thirty-somethings recognize each other from their high school days. Back then, they didn’t have much in common: Meg was an “alternative” and Jenny was a “Goody-Goody.” But now both their lives are on the bring of implosion. Jenny, sure that Meg’s bleak, sardonic humor is just a front, insists that a slumber party is the answer to all their problems. But it’s not the 90s anymore, and it might take more than pedicures and Pretty in Pink to fuel a friendship that makes life worth living.

The Road to Appomattox
By Catherine Bush
Saturday, November 15 at 8pm
April, 1865. Confederate troops can no longer hold Richmond, and General Robert E. Lee must evacuate his men. The Army of Northern Virginia swings west, beginning “Lee’s Final Retreat.” It is this retreat trail that present-day Beau Weeks and his wife Jenny are following, retracing the steps of Lee’s army in order to investigate Beau’s family history. As General Lee faces the disintegration of his army, Beau and Jenny confront a past that threatens to destroy their marriage. Both Past and Present must decide for themselves what it means to surrender… and what price they’re willing to pay for the Union.

Seating is limited to 25 for each reading. Recommended donation of $10 at the door. Box office phone number: (517) 655-7469. To reserve a seat, call starting Tuesday, November 4, 2012.


Dark Nights – Round 2
The second weekend of staged readings will happen May 7 – May 9, 2015, as we look at plays that examine gender norms. How has our understanding of gender shifted in the 21st century? How are our relationships affected when gender is continuously deconstructed and reconstructed, forcing us to re-imagine our roles within our relationships? How do couples, families, and communities come together or fall apart as their expectations for each other and themselves are shifting? Join us for a weekend of plays that will surprise you and have you laughing out loud. To reserve a seat, call starting Tuesday, April 28, 2015.