It’s like a book club, but for plays!
Are you a passionate play reader? Or perhaps you’d like to be? Then please join us for What’s in a Play? where we read a script and come together to talk about it online. The free conversations take place via Zoom on Mondays at 6:30pm and 8pm, and on Tuesdays at noon and 1:30pm. The playwright is not present.
The conversation is free, but the plays usually need to be purchased, which helps put some money in the pockets of playwrights at a time when many of their productions have been canceled or postponed.
Invites to What’s in a Play? go out every Monday or Tuesday, two weeks in advance of the conversation. Want to get one? Join our email list and choose “What’s in a Play” on the Update Your Interests tab. If you’re already on our email list, log in and select “What’s in a Play.”
What’s in a Play? archive
Here’s a list of plays we’ve discussed so far. Click the play title to purchase a copy online—you’ll be supporting the playwrights during this challenging time.
- November 16–17 · The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse
- November 9–10 · Our Town by Thornton Wilder
- October 26–27 · Ghost Quartet by Dave Malloy
- October 19–20 · Lydia by Octavio Solis
- October 12–13 · King of the Yees by Lauren Yee
- October 5–6 · Machinal by Sophie Treadwell
- September 28–29 · Hir by Taylor Mac
- September 21–22 · Familiar by Danai Gurira
- September 14–15 · Fefu and Her Friends by María Irene Fornés
- August 31–September 1 · Marie Antoinette by David Adjmi
- August 24–25 · Bright Half Life by Tanya Barfield
- August 17–18 · Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz
- August 10–11 · The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz
- August 3–4 · Mad Forest by Caryl Churchill
- July 27–28 · Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage
- July 20–21 · Cost of Living by Martyna Majok
- July 13–14 · Golden Child by David Henry Hwang
- July 6–7 · Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 by Anna Deavere Smith
- June 29–30 · Marisol by José Rivera
- June 22–23 · In the Red and Brown Water by Tarell Alvin McCraney · We encourage people to purchase this play through Marcus Books in Oakland (local phone orders only: 510 652–2344)
- June 8–9 · The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (free to read online)
- June 1–2 · The Language Archive by Julia Cho
- May 25–26 · Uncle Vanya translated by Annie Baker from Anton Chekhov
- May 18 · Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
- May 4 · A Doll’s House translated by Paul Walsh from Henrik Ibsen (not available for purchase)
- April 27 · How to Transcend a Happy Marriage by Sarah Ruhl
The What’s in a Play? series is one way we’re continuing to share the transformative power of theatre even when we can’t share it with you in person. Give today and join the Resilience Campaign.
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