Meet The Companies: Staged Readings

After four cities open productions of Byhalia, Mississippi on January 8th, three additional cities will be doing staged readings of the play for one night only in Los Angeles, Birmingham and Boulder

City: Los Angeles

Company: Sixth Avenue



  • Adam Silver, Founder


Sixth Avenue’s history dates back to 1991 in suburban Chicago, where child-producer Adam Silver put up full-fledged, elaborate theatre productions alongside his siblings and neighbors in his backyard on Sixth Avenue as the “Sixth Avenue Players”. A decade later in Los Angeles, Sixth Avenue was founded to create bold, boundary-pushing theatrical events that attract the next generation of audiences. Work includes the World Premiere of William Nedved’s Fact & Fiction, the Los Angeles Premiere of Adam Szymkowicz’s Nerve, ILove99 the Musical, the nightlife event Learn The Words Bitch, the Town Hall reading series, and currently, the critically acclaimed West Coast Premiere of Ike Holter’s Hit the Wall, going into its fourth sold out month of performances.

Fun Facts:

  • Sixth Avenue’s founder Adam Silver is a proud veteran of Chicago Storefront Theatre and he is so pleased to be a part of a project that connects him with his theatrical family back in his hometown. He first met playwright Evan Linder while casting a play in Chicago in 2006. Adam thinks his decision not to cast Evan in that role started a chain of events leading Evan to write Byhalia, Mississippi. [Editor’s Note: Evan did not deny this when asked. There was an eyeroll though.]
  • This isn’t Sixth Avenue’s first reading of a New Colony play. A reading of 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche for their Town Hall series last year featured Tony-Award winner Daisy Eagan.
  • Sixth Avenue’s current Ovation-Recommended production of Hit The Wall by Chicagoan Ike Holter opened on September 18th and has extended its run four times! The show must close on January 17th at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Hurry up and snag your tickets if you are in L.A. and haven’t caught this phenomenal show! Even legend Lily Tomlin stuck around with the cast after catching the show recently!


City: Birmingham, AL

Company: Theatre Downtown



  • Daniel Martin, Artistic Director


Theatre Downtown was founded in 2006 by Billy Ray Brewton and Cindy deSa, and is now operated by a Board of Directors as a 501(c)3 non-profit entity. Theatre Downtown is dedicated to exposing Birmingham audiences to the most entertaining, engaging, and innovative shows – both past and present – as well as serving as an outlet for original works and other artistic endeavors.

Originally located inside the former Playhouse location on Third Avenue North, Theatre Downtown moved from there to a temporary basement location at Birmingham AIDS Outreach before securing the present Fifth Avenue Antiques location. Beginning with their production of The Crucible in 2009, Theatre Downtown has been producing marvelous theatre in this charming antique store to the delight of audiences and critics alike.

Did you know:

  • Theatre Downtown is the only theatre in Birmingham that consistently puts new works on its seasons, focusing on helping playwrights see their works come to life onstage.
  • Our theatre is actually located inside an antique store, which is housed in a turn of the century department store building in the heart of downtown Birmingham. You can actually see the original hardwood floors and rafters inside the theatre.
  • We were the subject of a documentary for our 2011 production of “Skanks in a One Horse Town” (written by our former Artistic Director and Founder Billy Ray Brewtown), called “SKANKS”. (It is available on iTunes and other formats!) Trailer below!

City: Boulder, CO

Company: square product theatre


  • Emily K. Harrison, Producing Artistic Director
  • Michelle Moore, Associate Artistic Director
square product theatre was founded in 2006 with an eye toward providing affordable, inclusive, professional theatre to the Boulder community. Now in our 10th Season, we have presented 14 World Premieres and 9 Regional Premieres of new, innovative performance work, and have showcased our work in Denver, Austin, & Chicago, in addition to our home base of Boulder, Colorado. We love collaborating to create and present new, challenging, and thought-provoking work.

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