It’s been a year since I created Cold Reads/Online—a Facebook group whose member hosts create events in which anyone, anywhere, can read plays together via video chat. In that time I’ve hosted well over a hundred such events, attended by friends (and strangers) coast to coast.
The purpose of this first mass missive is to promote Cold Reads as an answer to the monotony of these troubled times—thanks to my recent discovery of ONLINE VIDEO CHATS. They add a whole new dimension to the game—especially now, when all the things that usually gobble up our time are on hold. While we can’t be all together in one place, we can read face-to-(digital)-face with anybody—anywhere in the world, in the comfort of our homes. Continue reading Meet Cold Reads/Online→
To show our thanks, we’re happy to post Albert, to introduce you to him and promote his various livelihoods—playwright, artist, musician, photographer, video producer, author of a recently published novel (Billie Heartwing).
Last Sunday I had the opportunity to present Cold Reads to members of the Metrolina Theater Association. We broke the ice by pairing up to read and ramble on 10-minute plays, then shared thoughts as a group. I talked for a while about how a cold read happens, referring to this web site; then we brainstormed on the reasons people do (and don’t) read plays. To wrap it up, the whole group started reading a full-length play we knew we wouldn’t finish.
On Sunday afternoon, October 12, I was invited to present Cold Reads to members of the Metrolina Theatre Association. Because I tend to ramble, I scripted the first half of of my presentation as follows, amended to suit a general (non-theatre) audience, with cues to prompt responses during the talkback.
Cold Reads was inspired by the late great Nathan Frenkel who, in late 2003, encouraged me to moderate (while he facilitated) a drama group for seniors at the Jewish Community Center in Charlotte. Originally (I’d hoped and assumed) for aging actors like myself (then sixty), the group wound up being mostly raw recruits, old folks who’d always wanted to but hadn’t since their high school play.