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  Alice RothBarbara 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:

June 3  A Moon for the Misbegotten by Eugene O’Neill - led by Karel Fisher

June 24  A Moon for the Misbegotten by Eugene O’Neill (continuation) - led by Karel Fisher

*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:

Master Harold and the Boys — A Play by Athol Fugard (Vintage International, 2009) is available as a paperback from Amazon for $12.49.  Amazon has less expensive new and used copies from its vendors.

A Moon for the Misbegotten by Eugene O’Neill (Yale University Press, 2006) is available as a paperback from Amazon for $12.95 (and less expensive new and used copies are also available).  The paperback includes an introduction by Stephen A. Black.  The cover is black with a small two-toned gray moon on the right side. Eugene O'Neill's name is in all lowercase letters in yellow. 

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

The HRC Showcase Theater will be holding stage readings of new award-winning plays at the Theater Barn in New Lebanon, starting in May.  The shows are directed by our own Barbara Waldinger.  See the schedule below.

OLLI Theater Event in Chester

Please see the attached flyer concerning a theater event in Chester on August 17.  Attend a new play (To the Moon and Back) at the Chester Theatre and enjoy a catered lunch at the Chester Railway Museum.

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