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 - we’re moving for the summer 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 July 18 2017 7:00pm
Where: Garden Home Community Library Annex, 7306 SW Oleson Rd, Portland OR 97223
What: "Dearly Departed" by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones
In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father's funeral, the Turpin's other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion: Firstborn Ray-Bud drinks himself silly as the funeral bills mount; Junior, the younger son, is juggling financial ruin, a pack of no-neck monster kids, and a wife who suspects him of infidelity in the family car; their spinster sister, Delightful, copes with death as she does life, by devouring junk food; and all the neighbors add more than two cents. As the situation becomes fraught with mishap, Ray-Bud says to his long-suffering wife, "When I die, don't tell nobody. Just bury me in the backyard and tell everybody I left you." Amidst the chaos, the Turpins turn for comfort to their friends and neighbors, an eccentric community of misfits who just manage to pull together and help each other through their hours of need, and finally, the funeral.
Characters: 4 men and 6 women, lots of great character roles.
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.