Charlotte Readers Past & Present

More Than a Hundred over a Dozen Years

Some came once or twice, others attended regularly for years. Many have moved (or passed) away (or on to other things). Our current Cold Reads/Charlotte group has nearly 300 enrolled, most of whom have (sadly) yet to read.. Continue reading Charlotte Readers Past & Present


Under Construction

This post, when posted, will explore the notion that most people are afraid to face themselves, and all the things we do serve to distract us from the recognition that, when push comes to shove, we’re each of us just human beings, one among billions, each of whom has cares and troubles, hopes and fears, friends and foes, sad or happy endings. Only theatre draws us into human introspection, lets us walk in others’ shoes. All other activity (except, perhaps, psychoanalysis) is an artificial attempt to escape, by focusing on something outside ourselves. Continue reading Dramaphobia

MTA Post Mortem

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.

A full account, including a transcript of my discourse, is posted on the Cold Reads blog. Continue reading MTA Post Mortem

MTA Event

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.

I authorize and encourage (beg) anyone to use it as a guide to pitch the practice.  Continue reading MTA Event

Unrehearsed Discoveries of Great Plays