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

Our upcoming meetings are:

Aug. 12 & 26  Smiles of a Summer Night screenplay by Ingmar Bergman- led by Don Roth (the film was the inspiration for Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music)

Sept. 23 & 30  Seascape by Edward Albee - led by Rachel Brier

Oct. 14 & 21   The Lion in Winter by James Goldman - led by Mara Winn

*The link to the Zoom meeting will be forwarded shortly before the meeting. Note: the link is the same every meeting until further notice. Should you have difficulty signing on, please contact the OLLI office (413) 236-2190 or (413) 236-2193.

All meetings are 3:00 - 5:00 pm unless specified in advance.

The editions we will be using for the upcoming plays are as follows:

Click on the links below to order from websites. Some books may be obtained from your local library.

Four Screenplays of Ingmar Bergman (Simon and Shuster, 1960) is available as a used hardcover or paperback from Amazon   Prices start at $2.00.  Includes Smiles of a Summer Night, The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, and The Magician.

The Acting Edition of Seascape by Edward Albee can be ordered from Dramatists Play Service for $13.00.

The Lion in Winter: A Comedy in Two Acts  by James Goldman (Samuel French, 2011)  is available as a paperback from Amazon for $10.95 (and less expensive used copies are also available).

The HRC Showcase Theater is holding stage readings of new award-winning plays at the Theater Barn in New Lebanon.  The shows are directed by our own Barbara Waldinger.  See the schedule below. Please note that, while the Theater Barn is suspending its operations in July, HRC readings will continue at this venue.  Suggested donation $20.00.  No credit cards, please.  No reservations required.  You cannot make reservations on the Theater Barn website.

The Springvale Armadillo by Donald Loftus - Sept. 10, 7:30 pm
After nearly 70 years, a wrongly institutionalized woman’s shocking secrets are unlocked.

Winner of the W. Keith Hedrick Playwriting Award


Miracle, The Madness

A reading of a play by SIG member Christine Rosensteel and featuring “ranney”

Saturday, August 20, 8 pm., $10 admission (fundraiser for CTE Awareness Foundation)

Trinity Episcopal Church, Lenox

Discussion and wine reception 

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