EastBay PlayReaders is a group for actors and experienced readers who are theater lovers and would like the social experience of group reading. The group is open to those who will commit to being a team player, reading and understanding the play and be prepared with a part. Previous play reading experience is highly desired. The venue we have chosen is in Alameda, CA., but folks are free to join from all over the Bay.
This is an informal but WARM (prepared) read, in an accepting environment. Please check our reviews, and the fun we have been having. However, this group is NOT a drop-in. Our readings are prepared, scheduled and cast. If you are looking for a "maybe I will stop by" group, please pass on us. Members who become cast and are no-shows will be removed from the group.
Typically a play reading will involve (1) social time to get to know each other (2) reading of the play(3) eating and drinking (4) discussion of the play (5) occasional post-reading social games. Our event is a potluck with everyone pitching in to supply drinks and snacks. Special needs folks should bring their own snacks. The play reading can include both readers and audience, if extra people want to sit in and listen.
CASTING: Plays are selected and pre-cast by the organizer, and scripts and cast lists are distributed at least a week and hopefully two weeks in advance so parts can be prepared. The aim of casting is to produce the best overall reading of the play, to ensure a positive group experience. In a group with different levels of voice acting expertise, senior level voice actors or readers will normally get the heaviest roles. This serves to produce an exception reading, and also set an example for others to improve their voice acting delivery. Any issues with casting should be taken up privately with the organizer.