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Starting a group can be as simple as an agreement among friends (or family) to become one—to collectively decide to get together now and then to read.  Any ground rules are determined by consensus and the Host of a given read.

Alternatively, someone (or a governing body, with committees) decides (among other options; see below) who hosts which plays when and where, how frequently, and who attends.

A bona fide Cold Reads group is perpetual, presuming readers keep on gathering to read, regardless of frequency or regularity, who comes and goes.

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Some groups read just for the fun of it

Some develop diverse seasons, like a community theatre: a modern drama, a musical, a Christmas play, a comedy,  theatre e to Programs

Cold Reads suggests a smorgasbord

Those who don’t know drama may devise a play list from those suggested in Choose a Play, beginning with modern realistic plays, then sampling the classics, starting with the Greeks.

Veterans might read a series of plays by a modern playwright, followed by a series of Jacobean tragedies, then some German expressionism.

Cold Reads/Charlotte Play List

a series of plays by the same playwright, or plays from a certain historic period,

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Bedford Introduction to Drama (50 plays) -or similar anthology

4-6 Plays by Ibsen, Chekhov, Strindberg, etc (early realism)

20 by Eugene O’Neill

Famous American Plays of the 1920’s-80’s (35+ plays)

World Drama

Period drama


Plays about

Upcoming plays