Julie’s Place

On March 12, 2022, at 7:30 PM, we’ll present a staged reading of local playwright Emily McClain’s JULIE’S PLACE. This reading will be directed by Corinne Scott. The talkback will be moderated by Karen Ruetz.


A family “dramedy” set in a small failing restaurant. Adult siblings Annie and Parker come back to help their father Gerald after the unexpected death of their mother, Julie. Tensions mount as thieving cousins, litigious poodles, charming ex-boyfriends, lost recipes, past mistakes, deeply guarded family secrets, and a fire alarm that just won’t quit bring out the worst in everyone as they try to deal with loss and figuring out how to move on.


At our staged readings, the dialogue and stage directions are read aloud so that the audience can hear what the play will sound like. Each of our staged readings has benefited from different levels of movement and physicality to paint a mental picture of what the full show will look like. The performance helps the playwright spot potential areas for strengthening their work in the future.

After the performance, there is a brief intermission followed by an optional moderated talkback. The audience has an opportunity to answer some simple questions about the show, as well as provide their general feedback on the show. This process is essential for new play development! Now is your chance to be a part of creating new art!


Emily McClain is so excited to be back at Pumphouse Players for their Reading series! Her previous work with Pumphouse was Paradise, Stayed (2020) and My Brother’s Secret Keeper (2019). Emily is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild and Working Title Playwrights and is a founding member of Playwrights Thriving and Write Stuff Atlanta. Her play Slaying Holofernes received a world premiere production with Essential Theatre in 2019. She is a two-time finalist with the Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy competition with her plays Children of Combs and Watch Chains (2020) and The Rock & The Hard Place (2021). The Rock & The Hard Place was also a semi-finalist with JOOKMS (2021) and will be featured with Elephant Room Productions Podcast in March 2022. Her play Copper Angel was produced as an audio drama with Borderless Theatre and may be downloaded from their website: borderlesstheatrecompany.com. She is published through Next Stage Press and StagePlays, and more of her work may be found on New Play Exchange. She is grateful to be a part of the thriving artistic community of Atlanta!


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