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.
Next scheduled play reading:
When: Wed May 29 at 6:30 pm
Where: Community Room, Fire Station # 51 at 8935 SW Burnham St. Tigard, 97223
What: "Moon Over Buffalo" by Ken Ludwig
In the madcap comedy tradition of Lend Me a Tenor, the hilarious Moon Over Buffalo centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York with five actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf, old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George’s body.
Characters: 4 women, 4 men
Contact Kathleen Silloway using the address 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 us 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.