Back on September 17, as part of the Rhombus Readings, I put together a reading of my play, Flight, at Boston Playwrights Theatre. It ended up being a very useful experience for me, as a way to see how much progress I'd made on changes and to get ideas for what to do with it next. I got to thinking about what make up the essential elements of a useful reading. Here are some of what I needed on that day:
Boston Playwrights' Theatre.
They put on all new work (by writers with links to Boston University)
in their two theatres, and they also provide cheap and free space to
other organizations putting on readings or productions of new plays.
Rhombus has its regular meetings at BPT, and this was our second reading
series held in the space. I don't know what we'd do without the folks
Constant State of Panic.
She's super smart and was able to make the most of the time we had, and
also helped me find our cast. Someday, we'll get to work on a full
Good snacks make for better readings. Everyone is in a better mood
after a home-baked brownie. I like my actors and audience in a good
That's about it. I mean, you also have to have a script ready
for a reading, copies of that script, a good way to take notes (I used
my LiveScribe pen). Having a little cash to pay the actors is helpful,
if you can swing it. (I can't afford to pay them what they're worth,
but at least can give some gas money.) I love that the tools to
developing new plays are so basic and accessible. It's not rocket
surgery. It's just a matter of bringing people together who are willing
to spend some time on an interesting project.
Thanks to everyone who gave their time to help my make Flight a better play. (I'll have another reading in NYC in February, from the id theatre.)