Untapped New York hosted an online theater night with a live virtual benefit reading of Glory Be Columbia: Mistress of the Moonlight written by our own Chief Experience Officer, Justin Rivers and directed by Michael Joseph Ormond. The play explored a woman’s life-long and unique connection to one of America’s last day boat steamers as both her older and younger selves act as an archive to Columbia‘s special place in the lives of so many Detroit-area natives. For a limited time only, you can host your own online theater night by watching a special recorded reading of Glory Be Columbia available online to the public for free.


The reading features the talents of Tony Award Nominee, June Gable, Zoe Watkins, and Evan Brubaker. Glory Be Columbia benefits the SS Columbia Project, a non-profit currently restoring the historic steamer. Their efforts will someday make the SS Columbia a floating cultural and educational venue off the shores of New York City in the Hudson River. The boat is currently docked at Silo City in Buffalo, New York.

SS Columbia steamship postcardCourtesy of the SS Columbia Project

The recorded reading will only be available for public viewing until midnight, Friday, September 25 when it will be taken down out of respect for Union regulations concerning benefit readings. Watch the virtual reading below!

To donate to the SS Columbia Project please click here.

Our Untapped New York Insiders enjoyed an exclusive afterparty with the cast, crew and board of SS Columbia after the virtual reading. For more exciting free and exclusive events like this, become an Untapped New York Insider! You can get two months free with code JOINUS.


Next, check out Floating Palaces, A History of Hudson River Steamboats and Take a Look Inside the S.S. Columbia, America’s Oldest Passenger Steamship, Now in New York State