WHO WE ARE: This is a fantastic group of very diverse people from all backgrounds and races who love plays and want to read outloud in a group. We cover all types of plays from the classics to very contemporary. And work on including plays from different cultures or plays that illuminate the different cultures we live with in this amazing Bay Area. A feature of our readings is the discussions afterwards about how we interpret the plays and their impact.
COMMITMENT: People who read our plays together commit to the following: acquiring and bringing to the play read the specific script which we prepare in advance; studying the play in advance, and their pre-determined role; and making a serious effort to attend on time.
Most readings are held at a private home, but we have used 3 different venues so far, and changing venues can add to the experience.
MEMBERSHIP: We require that you post a picture of yourself and fill out our profile questions so that we can get to know you!!
HOW WE OPERATE: Successful playreads involve a lot of preparation and planning before the event. We post the name of the play, then cast it usually two weeks before the readings. If you choose to read the plays when posted, you'll have time to notify us before casting to let us know if there is a particular role that appeals to you.
THIS IS NOT A DROPIN EVENT GROUP. YOU MUST RSVP TO ATTEND. If you aren't serious about coming to a reading, please do NOT sign up and therefore block someone else who really wants to read. Readers who don't show up and don't call in advance or afterwards with an explanation are removed from the membership.
Refreshments: We have drinks and other snacks in a pot-luck atmosphere, and for longer plays such as our Shakespeare reads, we have dinner fare with everyone's help.
PLAYS WE HAVE DONE:
THE PERSIANS by Aeschylus - a Greek Tragedy Reading
THE AUTUMN GARDEN by Lillian Hellman
ARSENIC AND OLD LACE by Joseph Kesselring
NEW YEARS DAY CELEBRATION - MAN FOR ALL SEASONS by Robert Bolt - Drama
AMADEUS - Peter Shaffer - Music Drama
TROUBLE IN MIND by Alice Childress + PLAYERS CHOICE - This is a Two Part Event
JULIUS CAESAR by William Shakespeare - A History Drama
Readers Coaching and THE SEAGULL - Chekhov - PREPARATION REQUIRED
THE NORMAN CONQUESTS, a Comedy by Alan Ayckbourn (Part 2 - LIVING TOGETHER
STICKS AND BONES, by David Rabe - A Serious Drama
Seasonal Play for December - THE LION IN WINTER, James Goldman - DINNER PARTY
PLAZA SUITE - CASTING BELOW - EARLY READING at NOON
Open Playreading: "12 Angry Men" - A trial drama is now cast below
NOON Reading - CHING CHONG - SEE CASTING - a Comedy/Satire
Attend the Drop-In Improv class at the Pan Theater
THE TEMPEST - William Shakespeare - STARTING AT 2:00 - 7:00 - POTLUCK DINNER.
SECOND READING - OEDIPUS EL REY, CASTING BELOW - rehearsal at 2:00
Special Event - MY FAIR LADY -in San Francisco, Wednesday night, July 25
THE BEST MAN by Gore Vidal AND 10-Minute Play for Women - Sept 9
EURYDICE - by Sarah Ruhl - CASTING BELOW
PEER-COACHED READINGS of 5 Short Plays
THE ODD COUPLE -CASTING BELOW - Rehearse at 2:00, Read at 3:00
Dec 2 Full Spectrum Improvisation Performance in Berkeley
CHRISTMAS PARTY - A CHRISTMAS CAROL - and Pot Luck Dinner at Home Of Truth
WIREHEAD: FIRST READING - Jan 13 - Casting Below
6 Little Plays - Lets Do It Again - Directors, mention in your RSVP
LOST IN YONKERS by Neil Simon - A Dramatic Comedy--First Reading
MAN FROM NEBRASKA, by Tracy Letts - a drama
"Good People,CASTING BELOW " a "seriously funny" slice of South Boston life
YELLOWFACE, casting list below - july 28
FREE IN THE PARK - FORTINBRAS, an Ironic Comedy - Berkeley John Hinckel Park
EVERETT BEEKIN - See Casting Below - FIRST READING
UNCLE VANYA, A Comedy by Chekhov - CAST LIST BELOW
FREE EQUITY ACTORS PLAY READING IN S.F. NOV. 3 AT 8:00PM
FLIGHT TO THE WEST - 2nd Reading - By Elmer Rice
More Holiday Humor... Lets Meet at PLAYGROUND - 12/16
ARCADIA - JANUARY 19 READING - Tom Stoppard
ARCADIA - JANUARY 26 READING - Tom Stoppard
RADIO GOLF - a Play by August Wilson - Cast List Below
RADIO GOLF - INVITATIONAL READING - starts at 3:00 sharp!
LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR - CAST BELOW - Comedy - Neil Simon
THE WOMEN, CASTING BELOW - For the Ladies!
A DELICATE BALANCE - Cast List Below - a Family Drama
BODY AWARENESS - CASTING BELOW- a play by Annie Baker
MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM - William Shakespeare - Lunch and Dinner POTlUCK
FOR SERVICES RENDERED, by Somerset Maugham--CAST LIST BELOW
FIELD TRIP PICNIC + PLAY - FREE IN BERKELEY - Penthesilea Queen Of The Amazons
FIGARO'S FOLLIES - INVITATIONAL READING and Workshop - already cast- come watch!
FOR SERVICES RENDERED - cast list below...:
SCARY, SCARY NIGHT... a Halloween Thriller! - CAST BELOW
ELECTION TIME SPECIAL - "MUTT" cast list below - a satire
IN FROM THE COLD - a comedy/drama by Jonathan Spector
GEM OF THE OCEAN - August Wilson - Drama
GEM OF THE OCEAN - August Wilson - post emancipation - ALREADY CAST
Arthur Miller's "The American Clock" 1st Reading
DIVIDING THE ESTATE, by Horton Foote - CAST LIST BELOW
Field Trip - FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM...
BURIED CHILD by Sam Shepard. CASTING BELOW
Shakespeare's - IN THE PARK - GET YOUR COSTUMES - TWELFTH NIGHT
Monologues, Soliloquys, Poems, Your Call - Play Readers on Stage
MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, by Robert Bolt - CAST LIST BELOW
NEW YEARS DAY -AN IDEAL HUSBAND - POTLUCK and CAST BELOW
THE PIANO LESSON by August Wilson - Pulitzer Prize Winner
Hear "Castle Happy" gods compete for $5K prize
Pinter's THE BIRTHDAY PARTY - A Pinteresque Drama - 2ND READING
See "Forsooth, My Lovely" Starring our very own EastBay Playreaders!!!
Trouble in Mind, time change and casting below
BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS by NEIL SIMON - CAST BELOW
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