We schedule frequent play readings to help the play selection committee hear a script come to life, but even more importantly, to allow people who may not have the time or the courage to take on a role in our staged productions to have a chance to exercise their voice as an actor. Reading the script in this informal supportive setting provides “safe” opportunities for actors to practice “cold” readings of unfamiliar material. At the end of the reading, we solicit opinions from both readers and listeners about the suitability of the show for the M&M stage.
First, the big news for those who haven't been for a while - we’ve moved to:
The Garden Home Community Library Annex
(Formerly known as The Garden Home Community Store)
7306 SW Oleson Rd.
Portland, OR 97223
Drive into the Thriftway shopping center at the intersection of Garden Home Rd. and Oleson Rd. Park in the area closest to Oleson Road. The Library Annex is on the Oleson Rd. side of the building that houses Starbuck’s, and is the last storefront in the front row facing Oleson Road.
Next scheduled play reading:
When: Tuesday October 17 2017 7:00pm
Where: Garden Home Community Library Annex, 7306 SW Oleson Rd, Portland OR 97223
What: "Picnic" by William Inge
The play takes place in the mid-1950s on Labor Day weekend in the joint backyards of two middle-aged widows. The one house belongs to Flo Owens, who lives there with her two maturing daughters, Madge and Millie, and a boarder who is a spinster school teacher. The other house belongs to Helen Potts, who lives with her elderly and invalid mother. Into this female atmosphere comes a young man named Hal Carter, whose animal vitality seriously upsets the entire group. Hal is a most interesting character, a child of parents who ignored him, self-conscious of his failings and his position behind the eight ball. Flo is sensitively wary of temptations for her daughters. Madge, bored with being only a beauty, sacrifices her chances for a wealthy marriage for the excitement Hal promises. Her sister, Millie, finds her balance for the first time through the stranger's brief attention. And the spinster is stirred to make an issue out of the dangling courtship that has brightened her life in a dreary, minor way.
Characters: 4 men and 7 women, ranging from teens to 60s+
Contact Pat Romans using the information below to register your interest in reading one of the roles. Assigning roles in advance saves us precious time at the reading. If you would like to read a role or have questions, please email Play Selection Committee Chair Pat Romans at email@example.com or call 503.524.2058.
If you do not wish to read, we still need you. You are welcome to watch and listen and take part in a short discussion after the reading.