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:

Sept. 16 & 30  Seascape by Edward Albee - led by Rachel Brier

Oct. 14 & 21   The Lion in Winter by James Goldman - led by Mara Winn

*The link to the Zoom meeting will be forwarded shortly before the meeting. 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:

Click on the links below to order from websites. Some books may be obtained from your local library.

The Acting Edition of Seascape by Edward Albee can be ordered from Dramatists Play Service for $13.00.

The Lion in Winter: A Comedy in Two Acts  by James Goldman (Samuel French, 2011)  is available as a paperback from Amazon for $10.95 (and less expensive used copies are also available).


OLLI Fall 2022 Theater Parties

Organized by the OLLI Performing Arts Initiative

Berkshire OLLI members are invited to join our fall theater parties offering discounted tickets and talk backs.  Please call the box offices to reserve your tickets.  

Thursday, October 6, at 7 pmSeascape 

  Play by Edward Albee

  Unicorn Theatre, Berkshire Theatre, followed by a Q & A

  Tickets: $35 plus fees.  413-997-4444. 


Sunday, November 13, at 2 pm. Lion in Winter

  P lay by James Goldman

   Bridge Theatre, Catskill, New York, followed by Talk back

   Tickets:  pay what you want $ 5 - 25, on line or 518-943-3894




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