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: Tuesday February 21 2017 6:30pm
Where: Community Room at the Tualatin Library, 18878 SW Martinazzi Ave., Tualatin OR
What: "Living Out" by Lisa Loomer
Living Out tells the story of the complicated relationship between a Salvadoran nanny and the Anglo lawyer, Nancy, she works for. Both women are smart, hard-working mothers. Both want better lives for their children. The play explores what is the shared humanity between them...and what are the differences wrought by race, class, and Ana’s illegal status. Through Ana, we understand what it means to leave a child in another country to come here and the potential cost of sacrificing one’s own child in order to care for someone else’s. Through Nancy we understand the pressure on women today to “do it all,” and the cost of making that choice. The play also looks at the prejudices at misconceptions between different cultures. How do we make someone “the other?” What is the cost of doing so? The play is both outrageously funny and tragic.
The cast consists of six women and two men, so we’re looking for plenty of female voices this time, but as always, we welcome men who want to read, too. Or join us to listen and discuss the potential as a Mask & Mirror production.
Ana Hernandez, early 30’s, is a smart, proud, Salvadoran and a nanny.
Bobby Hernandez, 30’s, is Salvadoran, a carpenter with a good sense of humor and a big heart. Still, a man who grew up in a war.
Zoila Tezo, 40’s, Guatemalan, is a nanny, a woman who says what she thinks and likes to laugh.
Sandra Zavala, late 30’s, Mexican, is a nanny, positive and practical, an amiable survivor with a surprising depth of emotion.
Nancy Robin, 30’s, is a lawyer, a liberal and a new mom.
Richard Robin, 30’s to 40’s, a public defender, but off-beat. His liberal politics and ideals are in conflict with his instincts as a new dad.
Wallace Breyer, 30’s, is well off, helpful, with a charming smile. An excellent manager, sure of her opinions and eager to share them.
Linda Billings Farzam, 30’s, is a well intentioned, sweet, harried mom.
Contact Kathryn 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 Kathryn at email@example.com or call 503.644.5304.
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.