Play readings seem more popular now than ever. And, indeed, there are merits to these events. They provide playwrights an opportunity to hear their works-in-progress come to life; they allow companies to do a sort of test run to determine if they want to invest in a full production; they expose theatre goers to more (and often new) plays and give them a glimpse into the creative process. Readings are also often free or inexpensive. All good things. I have, however, heard the occasional frustration with readings, most often from writers or directors whose projects ended at this phase. What are your thoughts?
Below is info on some upcoming Play Readings in South and Central Florida…
- Tomorrow night, Monday, March 8th, The Alliance Theatre Lab will be presenting a staged reading of Johnna Adams’ play Angel Eaters. The event is the first in Alliance’s new ongoing series of bimonthly readings. It will be held at 7 pm at New Theatre (4120 Laguna St. in Coral Gables). Tickets are five dollars, and proceeds will go towards Alliance’s upcoming production of Orphans by Lyle Kessler (March 18-April 4). After the reading, there will be a talkback with the actors and a discussion about this and other scripts Alliance is considering for the future.
- Tomorrow night thru Wednesday night, Florida Stage will be holding its 1st Stage New Works Festival. On 3/8 at 3pm: READING – Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas’ Plowing the Sea; 7pm: The Playwrights Panel; 8pm: READING – Karen Hartman’s Goldie, Max and Milk. On 3/9 at 11am: Playwriting 101 with Carter W. Lewis; 3pm: READING – Jack Staub’s Land’s End; 7pm: READING – Andrew Rosendorf’s Wasteland. On 3/10 at 2pm: READING – Thomas Gibbons’ Silverhill; 6pm: Keynote Address from Teresa Eyring; 7:30pm: READING – Carter W. Lewis’ The Cha-Cha of a Camel Spider; 10pm: Closing Reception.
*Readings, Keynote Address, Playwrights Panel, and Playwriting 101 Class are $10 each or $5 for students.
- Next Monday, March 15th, in Winter Park, Elaine Pechacek and Katie Hammond will be hosting a free reading of their new musical Delayed. See below for details.