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NYC Actors Meetup meets regularly throughout the year and provides actors, entertainment professionals, and theatre-lovers of all skill levels a chance to read a role and explore a play in its entirety in a relaxed non-performance environment. We typically have food and drink - and there is often an active discussion of the play following its reading. We also sometimes explore the exercises in Uta Hagen's work, "A Challenge for the Actor." This is a great opportunity to meet other actors and sharpen your reading skills.

Upcoming plays/readings will include:

God of Carnage,
Hamlet,
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,
Arsenic and Old Lace,
Angels in America parts 1 and 2,
Other Desert Cities,
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,
Jeffrey,
Beyond Therapy,
Much Ado About Nothing,
The Tempest, and
The Comedy of Errors.

Upcoming events (5+)

Table Read: "God of Carnage"

6485 Broadway

What happens when two sets of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park, meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner? Chaos. Continuing our September "Back to School" theme we'll be reading Christopher Hampton and Yasmina Reza's "God of Carnage" on September 21. Actors, please bring your own script to the reading. Scripts can be obtained from the Library of the Performing Arts or by ordering directly from Samuel French or Amazon. (And, hopefully, the Drama Book Shop will reopen soon!) Characters: Penelope Alan Michael Nancy This event is BYOB/BYOSnacks. FYI - I have a very sweet 19-year-old cat named Axel - so take your allergy meds if you're allergic! Cheers, Wolfie Location and Transportation: 6485 Broadway, Bronx, NY 10471, located at the northwest corner of Broadway and Mosholu Avenue (not parkway) by David Sheridan Triangle - across the street from Van Cortlandt Park. (Intercom Code 13) You can take the 1 train to 242nd Street in the Bronx and then catch the Bx9 bus to the building (it's about a 5 minute ride from the subway). Note: The speaker/camera on the intercom is broken. Just buzz the apartment (code 13) and check the door. I can hear you and will promptly buzz you in.

Table Read: "Hamlet" (full version/no cuts)

6485 Broadway

This will be a table read of Shakespeare's "Hamlet." Note - This will be a reading of the full play as presented in the Arden Performance Edition with no cuts. It is Shakespeare's longest play and this will be a longer meetup than usual. Please show up either early or on time so we can begin immediately at 4pm. Please note, NYC Actors Meetup does not supply scripts. Actors, please bring your own script to the reading. If you do not already own a copy, I highly recommend picking up the Arden Performance Edition of the play. It is beautifully laid out and available to order at: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/hamlet-arden-performance-editions-9781474253888/ Characters Hamlet, Prince of Denmark Claudius, King of Denmark, Hamlet's Uncle Gertrude, Queen of Denmark, Hamlet's mother The Ghost of Hamlet's father Polonius, Claudius's chief counselor, father of Ophelia and Laertes. Laertes, son of Polonius Ophelia, daughter of Polonius, Hamlet's love interest Horatio Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Fortinbras Norwegian crown prince, who assumes the throne of Denmark after Hamlet's death. Casting is done at random. If there is a part you would love to read, please let me know in advance. This event is BYOB/BYOSnacks. FYI - I do have a 19-year-old cat named Axel who is very friendly - so take your allergy meds if you're allergic! If we have less than 6 RSVPs the event will most likely be canceled/rescheduled for a later date. Cheers, Wolfie Note: If you RSVP yes, please show up. Canceling at the last minute negatively impacts the experience of the other participants. If you have more than two no-shows in a six month period your membership in the group will come under review. Location and Transportation: 6485 Broadway, Bronx, NY 10471, located at the northwest corner of Broadway and Mosholu Avenue (not parkway) by David Sheridan Triangle - across the street from Van Cortlandt Park. (Intercom Code 13) You can take the 1 train to 242nd Street in the Bronx and then catch the Bx9 bus to the building (it's about a 5 minute ride from the subway). Alternatively, you can take the Metro-North Hudson Line from Grand Central to Riverdale (it's about a 25 minute ride) and walk over the hill to the building. Warning - it's a steep hill - but the train ride is gorgeous.

Table Read: Tom Stoppard's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead"

This will be a table read of Tom Stoppard's masterwork, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead." Actors, please bring your own script to the reading. We will be using the Samuel French Acting Edition of the script. Here is a link to the Samuel French edition: https://www.samuelfrench.com/s/2819/rosencrantz-and-guildenstern-are-dead Characters ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN - childhood friends of Hamlet THE PLAYER - a traveling actor HAMLET - the Prince of Denmark TRAGEDIANS - traveling with the Player, including Alfred KING CLAUDIUS - the King of Denmark, Hamlet's uncle and stepfather GERTRUDE - the Queen of Denmark, and Hamlet's mother POLONIUS - Claudius's chief adviser OPHELIA - Polonius's daughter HORATIO - a friend and schoolmate of Hamlet FORTINBRAS - the nephew of the King of Norway Casting is done at random. If there is a part you would love to read, please let me know in advance. This event is BYOB/BYOSnacks. FYI - I do have a 19-year-old cat named Axel who is very friendly - so take your allergy meds if you're allergic! Cheers, Wolfie Location and Transportation: 6485 Broadway, Bronx, NY 10471, located at the northwest corner of Broadway and Mosholu Avenue (not parkway) by David Sheridan Triangle - across the street from Van Cortlandt Park. (Intercom Code 13) You can take the 1 train to 242nd Street in the Bronx and then catch the Bx9 bus to the building (it's about a 5 minute ride from the subway). Alternatively, you can take the Metro-North Hudson Line from Grand Central to Riverdale (it's about a 25 minute ride) and walk over the hill to the building. Warning - it's a steep hill - but the train ride is gorgeous.

Table Read: "Arsenic and Old Lace"

6485 Broadway

This will be a table read of Joseph Kesselring's "Arsenic and Old Lace." Actors, please bring your own script to the reading. If you do not already own a copy of the script, I highly recommend picking up the Dramatists Play Service edition. Please be sure to order far enough in advance to have it for the reading. Or, check with your local library! The library of the performing arts in Manhattan is a great resource! Link to the Dramatists Play Service Edition: https://www.dramatists.com/cgi-bin/db/single.asp?key=1841 Characters Abby Brewster: A sweet elderly woman with Victorian charm who poisons elderly men. Abby is the sister of Martha and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer. Martha Brewster: Also a darling elderly lady who poisons elderly men. Martha is the sister of Abby and an aunt to Teddy, Jonathan, and Mortimer. Mortimer Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha, Mortimer is a drama critic. A good-hearted cynic, he is engaged to Elaine. Mortimer cares for his aunts, but his world is turned upside-down as he tries to untangle their crazy, homicidal dilemma. Elaine Harper: An attractive girl in her twenties, and Mortimer’s fiancée, Elaine is the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Harper, who lives next-door to Abby and Martha. She is surprisingly wise in the ways of the world for a minister's daughter. Teddy Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster. Teddy is a delightfully certifiable man who is under the happy delusion that he is Theodore Roosevelt. Jonathan Brewster: Nephew of Abby and Martha Brewster, Jonathan is a psychopath who has had plastic surgery and now looks like Boris Karloff. Dr. Einstein: A plastic surgeon and an alcoholic, Dr. Einstein has changed Jonathan's face three times. Officer O'Hara: A police officer, O’Hara is a would-be playwright who pesters Mortimer to read his play. The Rev. Dr. Harper: Minister and father of Elaine. Officer Brophy: A pleasant neighborhood police officer. Officer Klein: Also a pleasant neighborhood police officer, partner to Brophy. Lieutenant Roony: A tough and dominating police officer, the commanding officer of the precinct. Mr. Witherspoon: The superintendent of Happy Dale Sanitarium. Mr. Gibbs: An elderly man who wishes to rent a room from the Brewster sisters, narrowly escaping poison. This event is BYOB/BYOSnacks. FYI - I do have a 19-year-old cat named Axel who is very friendly - so take your allergy meds if you're allergic! Cheers, Wolfie Location and Transportation: 6485 Broadway, Bronx, NY 10471, located at the northwest corner of Broadway and Mosholu Avenue (not parkway) by David Sheridan Triangle - across the street from Van Cortlandt Park. (Intercom Code 13) You can take the 1 train to 242nd Street in the Bronx and then catch the Bx9 bus to the building (it's about a 5 minute ride from the subway). Alternatively, you can take the Metro-North Hudson Line from Grand Central to Riverdale (it's about a 25 minute ride) and walk over the hill to the building. Warning - it's a steep hill - but the train ride is gorgeous.

Past events (6)

Table Read: "As You Like It"

6485 Broadway

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