CALLING ALL THESPIANS --and thespian wannabees
CLIR's PLAY READING group usually meets at 11:30 on first and third Mondays at CLIR, but is currently on hiatus, looking for a new guru. . . Interested? Please contact Sid Rosenberg or Tom Rothgeisser.
With a small but loyal following, CLIR's play-reading group has read both selections and complete plays. Choices are based on group interests and availability of scripts.
Over the past few years the play-reading group "performed" George Bernard Shaw's early plays, which he published together in 1898 under the title "Plays Unpleasant." "Unpleasant" because, explains Shaw, "their dramatic power is used to force the spectator to face unpleasant facts." These plays intentionally flout nineteenth century romantic conventions in favor of realism (think Ibsen).
Other recent choices were "The Boys in the Band" and "A View from the Bridge."
In addition to reading plays, this group also discusses plays being performed in Bay Area theaters and occasionally travels as a group to a senior rush matinee at ACT, Berkeley Rep, Magic, or SF Playhouse, or orders the DVD of a performance and views it together at CLIR. You do not have to be an actor to participate but if you like to read or discuss plays. If you've never tried play-reading out loud with a group. Contact the curriculum committee to re-start this interest group.