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

Saturday April 10 3:00-5:00pm  Arthur Miller’s BROKEN GLASS (second half) - facilitated by Rachel Brier

Friday May 7 3:00-5:00pm    Sophie Treadwell’s MACHINAL (first half)  - facilitated by Karel Fisher

Friday May 21 3:00-5:00pm MACHINAL  (second half)  - facilitated by Karel Fisher 


The editions of the plays we will be using are available at The Bookstore in Lenox and Zoom links to the meetings are sent out a few days before each session

We've had a number of excellent suggestions for future plays from our SIG members along with offers to lead readings and discussions beginning in the Fall. Please continue to email us with your ideas.

Note: The OLLI Berkshire Performing Arts Previews course begins on Friday, April 2 at 1:30 pm on Zoom. Artistic Directors from local theatre, dance and opera companies will discuss their upcoming summer seasons. Our SIG will select plays forJune, July and August based on what is being shown on Berkshire stages so that we can both read and see them at mostly outdoor venues.


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