TOPANGA CANYON—Free readings will be hosted at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum theatre this summer as an adjunct to the theatre’s summer repertoire. The free productions are part of the Theatricum’s Botanicum Seedlings series which is a developmental series for upcoming playwrights.

Two new plays will be featured at Geer’s Theatricum two Sundays in the month of July. Both plays consist of two American families confronting their legacies across generations. The readings will take place in the Theatricum’s S. Mark Pavilion outdoor space in Topanga.

On Sunday, July 14 at 11:00 a.m. the play, “Sadie’s Day” written by Danielle DeCrette and directed by Elena Campbell-Martinez will be featured. “Sadie’s Day” is a comedy, about life and death, and three women, who with the help of an overextended hospice worker are forced to examine their choices and expectations as mothers and daughters.

On Sunday, July 21 at 11:00 a.m. the play “The Dog Show” written by Ivan Faute and directed by Laura Stribling will be shown. “The Dog Show” is a dark comedy about a deeply troubled family whose sins cannot be absolved through confession.

Theatricum Botanicum is also offering two Dramaturgy Workshops and will feature several private GreenReads. The Dramaturgy Workshop is a workshop designed to help new playwrights develop and perfect their abilities. The workshop is headed by the Theatricum’s playwright-in-residence Jennie Webb. The courses will be held over the course of two months on alternating Sundays.

The workshop culminates in developmental GreenReads which is performed with professional Theatricum actors. The workshop accepts four playwrights by submission only and the next session deadline is September 1. Interested playwrights should visit for more information.

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is located at 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Boulevard in Topanga Canyon midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura freeway. For more information visit or call the theatre directly at (310) 455-3723.

Botanicum Seedlings: A Development Series For Playwrights was created in 2002. The Botanicum Seedlings series has supported over 150 new plays over 50 of which have gone on to win awards or receive major productions across the country.