Paradise, Stayed by Emily McClain

Join us August 29, 2020 at 7:00 PM for a Zoom reading of Georgia playwright Emily McClain’s new play Paradise, Stayed.


The Hunter family is on the verge of moving on after the tragic murder of daughter/sister Brooke Hunter when an ambitious lawyer comes with information that could exonerate the convicted murderer. The siblings struggle to determine what their involvement should be and how to protect their mother’s fragile mental state. They must answer the question of what matters most: peace of mind or justice?

This reading will be directed by Quinn Xavier Hernandez and will feature performances by Karen Ruetz, Sofia Palmero, Brock Kercher, and Daniel Sakamoto-Wengel.


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 a theatre educator and playwright. She is a proud member of Working Title Playwrights in Atlanta and the Dramatists Guild. Her play Slaying Holofernes was selected as a winner for the Essential Theatre’s New Play Festival, receiving a World Premiere production in July of 2019. Her short plays have been staged at Out of Box Theatre (Santa After Hours 2018 & 2019, Women’s Shorts 2019), Raze The Space (Los Angeles Library Series 2019), Theatre Oxford (Ten-Minute Play Winner 2019), and Actor’s Express (Courtroom Drama Series 2019 & 2020), and Eden Prairie Players (Women’s Ten Minute Festival 2020). A staged reading of her historical drama, My Brother’s Secret Keeper, was presented by Pumphouse Players in January 2020 and she is so glad to have the opportunity to work with these theatre artists again! She has been a featured playwright with Elephant Room Productions for her play Cheek By Jowl June of 2019. Emily lives in Lawrenceville with her husband, two children, and a sweet dog named Walter.

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