Supported and organized by AdLib (Actors and Directors Living in Brooklyn,) this reading group was formed to provide opportunities for actors and directors living in Brooklyn or willing to work in Brooklyn. We are also committed to producing new works by Brooklyn playwrights. In addition, we welcome those with no experience to join us in our play readings to read or to listen.
Members meet to read plays once a month. We select the next play reading from a list submitted by members. Roles are assigned at each reading. No acting experience necessary. Members may choose to listen and not read. Discussion, community and "pot-luck" refreshments are a part of each reading.
From time to time, we present stage readings and full productions. This group produced its first work, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, at our studio in Park Slope in 2010.
Our first presentation in Manhattan was a staged reading of Sam Shepard's Curse of the Starving Class, at the Barrow Group Studio Theater on May 15, 2011. We then produced an Equity showcase production of this same work in September of 2011 for 12 performances at the Bridge Theater in Manhattan with 5 Equity and 4 non-Equity actors.
We have produced several fully staged readings at the Leroy Street Library including Henry IV, part I, King Lear and The Three Sisters.
Our second Equity showcase production was an original work, The Portrait, by one of our members, Sarah Levin Simon and directed by another member, Roger Simon. The cast featured several of our members, including yours truly.
The group also encourages playwrights to submit new scripts for reading by members. An invited audience is welcome to provide feedback for playwrights.
We are also associated with the New York Shakespeare Reading Group and list our Shakespearean readings on that site as well as this site. We read something from Shakespeare at least once every two or three months.
There are not fees or charges for this group. Readings take place in a safe, supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere.
http://files.meetup.com/1615592/PlaysToReadSubmittedByMembers.pdf contains a list of plays being considered for reading. If you would like a play that is not on the list, please e-mail the group organizer, Jim Williams with the name of the Play and author.
And here is a list of all the works of Shakespeare:http://shakespeare.mit.edu/