Play Reading SIG


Do you love reading plays?  Our SIG gives participants a chance to read aloud and analyze scenes and characters from prize-winning plays. 

We meet once or twice per month for two hours, usually on a Friday afternoon, so as not to conflict with other OLLI courses.  During the year we are open to suggestions as to which plays to read, while in the summer, when hopefully theatres will resume performances, we choose plays that we can both read and view. 

We encourage our members to prepare and lead discussions on plays that interest them.  Thriving on group participation, we allow two sessions to cover each one.  Particular editions are selected that can be  ordered online or from the Lenox Bookstore.

In the past our meetings have been in person but this year our group has been very successful on Zoom.  We hope to see you there!

Please contact Barbara Waldinger or Karel Fisher for more details or additional information about the Play Reading SIG.



Schedule of Forthcoming Play Reading Events

Our upcoming meetings are:

Friday, Nov. 19 (3:00 - 5:00 pm) Eugene Ionesco's The Bald Soprano led by Peter Podol

Friday, Jan. 7 (3:00 - 5:00 pm) Christopher Fry's The Lady's Not For Burning led by Jeannie Woods

Friday, Jan. 28 (3:00 - 5:00 pm) The Lady's Not For Burning (continuation) led by Jeannie Woods

Friday, Feb. 4 (3:00 - 5:00 pm) Sam Shepard's True West led by Peter Podol

Friday, Feb. 25 (3:00 - 5:00 pm) True West (continuation) led by Peter Podol

*The link to the Zoom meeting will be forwarded shortly. Note: the link is the same every meeting until further notice. Should you have difficulty signing on, please contact the OLLI office (413) 236-2190 or (413) 236-2193.

All meetings are 3:00 - 5:00 pm unless specified in advance.

The editions we will be using for the upcoming plays are as follows:

Sam Shepard Seven Plays (contains True West, Buried Child, Curse of the Starving Class, The Tooth of Crime, La Turista, Tongues, Savage/Love). Available at The Bookstore in Lenox (413) 637-3390 for $17.00. Also available through online booksellers (Amazon, for example, has numerous used copies from $1.25).

Eugene Ionesco The Bald Soprano & Other Plays (contains The Bald Soprano, The Lesson, Jack or The Submission, The Chairs). Available at The Bookstore in Lenox (413) 637-3390 for $16.00. Also available through online booksellers (Amazon has used copies from $1.25).

The Lady's Not For Burningby Christopher Fry (Acting Edition) published by Dramatist Play Service, Inc. The acting edition can be ordered from www.dramatists.com for $11 plus shipping and handling. Used copies of the acting edition are also available through online booksellers such as abebooks and Amazon.

Also, check your local libraries for availability of the plays.


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