What we're about
Writers and actors come together to perform (table read) each other's work. Writers get the opportunity to hear what is working and what is not.* Actors gain experience with table reads.
We perform a single script (or a few shorts) from start to finish at each meeting – features, shorts, pilots and plays welcome. Completed drafts only, please. It can be a first/early draft, but it must be complete.
You'll need to provide a cast list/casting breakdown (further details below), as well as the script itself, at least two weeks prior to the Meetup during which your work will be read. The casting breakdown will allow your fellow writers/actors to sign up for roles. As for the script itself, some like to read enough to understand their character's voice ahead of time. Others prefer to go in cold. This ensures that option.
*There are a good variety of Meetup groups which carve out plenty of time for feedback. Here, our emphasis is more on performance and getting through a complete work in one sitting – as you do when you watch a movie or show. This is not to say you won't receive feedback, because you will. Naturally we'll want to talk about what we just read/saw, but, depending upon the number of pages we have lined up for the evening, we may have to cut it short. That said, we know you will find folks willing to provide further feedback via email, etc., after the Meetup.
We share material via Google Drive. Please give Ian (the organizer) a Gmail address so he can share the drive with you. In it, you will find dated folders. Drop your cast list and script (single file or separate files) into the folder with the date you'd like your script performed. Please include your name in the filename(s) so we can match you up. When viewing a folder, please check the combined total page count of the scripts it contains. If the combined total page count is already ~100 pages, or the folder name is marked "FULL," please choose another date.
Include in your casting breakdown:
• Character name
• Who they are and how they function in the story; what they want
• Number of speaking scenes (important when we divide up roles)
Meetups are held biweekly on Thursday evenings, from 7:00pm–10:00pm. You must be present to have your material read. If you're not present and have pages scheduled, you'll need to sign up again. Please bring a tablet or laptop to read on. Hard copies will not be provided.
It sounds like a lot of process and rules, but, trust us, it comes from experience. Above all, we're here to have fun and improve our craft – together!
Ian (writer) & Matt (actor)