Chapter 3Time Restrictions

Working within the time restrictions is the most significant challenge for the creative team involved with a Play Reading. While short rehearsal periods are common with many full productions, using time purposefully is mandatory with Play Readings.


Playwrights may make minor changes in the text during rehearsal for a Play Reading but not major rewrites. Submitting a work in need of substantial revision is a premature step that might compromise the play’s future.

Some playwrights become unsure of themselves in development. Playwriting is not a science, it’s an art. What if people said to Picasso, “Where is the nose!?” What if he heeded their advice? Some plays are read to death. I’ve seen plays where after ...

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