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Playreading Ensemble (FULL)

Tuesday, May 9, 2023, 1:15 PM
Additional Info:
Interest Group
Registration is recommended
Payment In Full In Advance Only
No Fee

RSVP:  Contact Laurie at

When:   2nd Tuesday of the month, 1:15 p.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m.

Where:  Zoom

Open to: Members and volunteers. No experience necessary.

Group size: up to 12

This group is currently full. Please contact Laurie at to be put on the waiting list if you are interested.

Playreading Ensemble

The Playreading Ensemble was founded by the late Paul Shepherd to encourage Ashby Village members and volunteers of any skill level to read classic and contemporary theatrical works together for their mutual enjoyment.

The Ensemble gathers monthly on Zoom to delve into the world of theater in an experimental frame of mind and heart. Readings are not staged, but in Shepherd’s design, take the form of what’s called a “table read,” usually done early in a play’s development when a work is beginning to take form. Most recent plays we have read together include “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “A Man for All Seasons,” “Hay Fever” by Noel Coward, and two one-act plays by Thornton Wilder. Each month the process is the same. A play is selected, parts are cast, players purchase a script and familiarize themselves with the play and the part in which they are cast.

On the second Tuesday of the month, we then read the play through together on Zoom, beginning to end. At the conclusion, we discuss our experience and insights and start the process again.

If this sounds appealing, contact Laurie at to learn more.