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

Jan 6 & 20:  The Last Wife by Kate Hennig (Facilitator: Alice Roth) 

This is the first in a trilogy of plays about Tudor Queens by Canadian playwright Kate Hennig. The play premiered at the Stratford Festival in Ontario in 2015 and was then produced by WAM Theatre Group in the Berkshires.  It features the story of Kate Parr, Henry VIII’s last wife.  From the book description:  "Kate Parr is smart, confident, and passionate: a rising star in a world of intense competition. But her obligatory marriage to Henry is rife with the threat of violence and the lure of deceit; her secret liaisons with Thom, her husband’s former brother-in-law, could send her to an early grave; and her devotion to the education and equal rights of Henry’s daughters (future Queens Mary and Elizabeth) is putting an even bigger strain on her marriage. Does Kate risk her life to gain authority in both her relationship and her political career?”

Feb. 10 & 24:  Come Back Little Sheba by William Inge (Facilitator: Karel Fisher)

This play by renowned dramatist William Inge premiered on Broadway in 1950.  Set in the Midwest, the play is about a near-tragic crisis in the lives of Doc Delaney, a recovering alcoholic, and his wife Lola.  The crisis is triggered when they take on a young boarder, who reminds Doc of his own youth and stirs up old resentments.

Getting the Scripts

We will be reading from these editions.  

The Last Wife, by Kate Hennig, Playwrights Canada Press, 2015.  Copies are available on Amazon here as a paperback (new $17.95, used $1.48 and up) and on Kindle ($12.99).

Four Plays by William Inge (Come Back Little Sheba, Picnic, Bus Stop, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs), Grove Press, 1994 edition, ISBN# 978-0802132093.  See Amazon here for copies of the paperback (new $13.29 , used $1.70 and up).  You may also be able to find this through your local library.

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