Suggestions on preparing for your readings in the Play Lab
The purpose of our readings are to clearly present the playwrights’ words. An overview of how you serve this intent:
- Read the script a few times to be familiar with it.
- Highlight your role and make any other notes in it that you’ll need to help you during the reading.
- If you feel you will not be able to do a role for whatever reason (schedule, miscast, whatever), let the Coordinator know right away.
- Look up any words you don’t know.
- Ask yourself the following questions about your character(s):
- Where am I?
- What just happened? The given or imagined circumstances that happened just prior to the first beat.
- What do I want? (Objectives, have one for each scene)
- What is in my way of achieving their objective?
- What do I DO to get what I want? These are the actions of the scene (i.e. to fight for what I want, to explain, to plead, to make you understand, etc.)
- And if you are very different from the character look for the similarities and enjoy the stretch!!
- Be at least five minutes early to rehearsals.
- Stay focused and be there to work.
- Remember that you are there to play your part, not direct other actors.
- Remember that playwrights can be very sensitive during this process. Phrases like “I don’t care for the play too much” or “Is this your first play” can be damaging.
A couple of useful tools for readings
- When possible ( during other people’s monologues, during your short lines), get your head out of the script.
- Cue Pick Up. Unless the script calls for a pause, the odds are that you should just keep the script moving by keeping the spaces between lines small.