Chapter 5Model for a Play Reading

Most theatre artists agree that for a standard public Play Reading, simpler is better. But “simple” means different things to different people. Various approaches exist. All have value. The only rule is that a Reading should serve the goals of the playwright and the needs of the play at that particular point in its development.


Some producers, directors, and playwrights prefer Play Readings that are basic and unadorned. In these Readings, actors often do not look up from their scripts or attempt to connect with their fellow actors. They are usually seated in chairs and do not change locations during the Reading. Actors hold the scripts in their hands or place them on their laps and do not physicalize ...

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