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Cold Reads/Charlotte 5/17/16 On May 16, Cold Reads/Charlotte kicked off the Pulitzer Challenge in the Hadley Theatre at Queens College. Twenty-three people (including Cold Reads founder George Gray and Pulitzer NC director Banu Valladares) split into four groups to read Why Marry? by Jesse Lynch Williams. “The place was humming with enthusiasm, conversation & laughter! Lovely … Continue reading George Gray: Why Marry?
Cold Reads/Charlotte 5/22/16 Thursday morning, May 19, George Gray and six core members of Cold Reads/Charlotte (Sandra, Gabrielle, Duke, Sara, Samantha, Patti) read Acts One and Two of Eugene O’Neill’s Beyond the Horizon at Julia’s Cafe & Books, and finished it a week later. We plan to read there every week, and focus exclusively on Pulitzer plays.
Cold Reads/Charlotte 6/14/16 George Gray and eight Cold Reads/Charlotteans (same as before plus John and Michelle) read O’Neill’s Anna Christie at Julia’s June 2 and 9.
Cold Reads/Charlotte 5/27/16 George and eight others (Sandra, Carolyn, Eddie, Gary, Patti, Joyce, Audrey, Rick) laughed at Zona Gale’s domestic comedy in the Matthews, NC, home of Louise Hord on Tuesday evening, May 24. Louise couldn’t be there, but her surrogate was most hospitable. Much discussion regarding social mores kept us from finishing, but we had a … Continue reading George Gray: Miss Lulu Bett
Cold Reads/Charlotte 6/11/16 Six Cold Reads/Charlotte readers (George, Sandra, Audrey, Amy, Mary, Duke) read (most of) this bleak family drama Tuesday Evening, June 7, at Starbuck’s on Providence Road, and went straight home to finish. (Happy ending.)
Cold Reads/Charlotte 6/25/16 Back at Julia’s Thursday mornings, June 16 & 23, for They Knew What They Wanted, Sidney Howard’s romantic comedy about a wealthy old Italian wine grower in Southern California, his beautiful new mail-order bride, and his handsome young friend and employee. George and Sandra, Gabrielle, Hallie, Duke, Dana, Andrew, Michelle. Duke had fun … Continue reading George Gray: The Knew What They Wanted
Interesting play – read this in anticipation of a production being done in Brooklyn early next year. Funny how three are mentions of local NYC area towns in this script – Jersey City, Plainfield, even Brooklyn – which I’m sure will get a laugh in production and seem like a modern insert rather than the … Continue reading Joe Zack: The Skin of OurTeeth
I did not get a group together to read “The Rose Tattoo,” but needed the script to write a review about a wonderful local production. It was very helpful to have Tennessee Williams’ exact words in hand. I love the (Sicilian) language and would not have wanted to misquote the characters. Thank you for making … Continue reading Mary Rickard: The Rose Tattoo
Went great! My visiting daughter and son-in-law, along with my husband and myself read this after a family dinner. I’ll be pitching the idea of a play reading group to a retirement community in October. Wish me luck!
Sorry I haven’t kept up. Since my last report I’ve hosted gatherings of four or five to a dozen Cold Reads/Charlotte members, at which we read he following twenty plays. I’ll post a few reflections as time goes by. 1926: Craig’s Wife – George Kelly 1928: Strange Interlude – Eugene O’Neill 1929: Street Scene – … Continue reading George Gray: Twenty Pulitzer Plays since June
Tucson, AZ 8/14/16 A group of 10 had a wonderful Sunday afternoon enjoying the timeless satire of this Thornton Wilder classic. A group of approx 10 has met monthly since George is the greatest. I can’t stress how much potential fun this site can provide!!
Had a a nice time with a bunch of friends reading this play about identity crisis. Author’s take on denial of heritage is interesting and engrossing.
Date of Read: February 7,8, 2017 Venue: Private (Home) Number of Readers: one How Did It Go?: ~Much appreciate receiving this collection of Williams one act plays. Particular interest in this collection is “Ten Blocks on the Camino Real” as a primer toward an anticipated production/lecture series on “Camino Real.” Am a recent elderly MA … Continue reading Peter A. Philips: American Blues
It was a touching, funny play. The luckiest one was the one who got to play the grandmother. That was the best part in the whole play.
We enjoyed the play, but struggled a little to get our heads around the number of settings. It was great fun though, and a new activity to do with our little group. We hope to do more soon! 12/18/17
Had a great time reading Red Light Winter at a family reunion. Was inspired to do so after realizing we had the perfect cast! Had a rotating audience of cousins who were all very curious about the subject matter.
Cold Reads/Charlotte Every Thursday at 10:00 AM May 28VIDEO CHAT HUGE SUCCESS! Yesterday a dozen of us met on ZOOM to read Act One of Sitting for Suzie by local playwright (and cold reader) Albert L Dulin, and had so much fun we’re coming back next week for Act Two. We’d ask you to join … Continue reading George Gray: Sitting for Suzie
When I received the play script, I saw that it was for a musical and I hadn’t realized that this was the nature of the play. That made it not really feasible for our group to work with. Last night we read The Bad Seed together, and earlier in lockdown we read an Agatha Christie … Continue reading Kathy Bischoping: Mr Burns, a Post-Electric Play
Thanks for making these plays available. I only used one once, which was at a play-reading circle hosted by relatives. I appreciate it because I was able to participate. However, though I read a lot of fiction, I don’t often read plays. Since this event was in another city, I am not a regular member … Continue reading Carol Lakoff: The Night of the Iguana
FOR SURE, please keep me on your list. Your site is a resource, and you should be proud of making it available. Keep up the good work, And stay safe.
5/17/20 Hi George. I can only apologize for failing to give feedback at some earlier point. To be honest I don’t recall when, why or what I requested from Cold Reads. But thank you. It’s a great resource and a generous endeavor. I watched your very entertaining video, and read your witty ’ted talk’ … Continue reading Jonathan Tindle: Sweet Bird of Youth
Cold Reads/Charlotte Every Thursday at 10:00 AM May 14 Yesterday, Sandra and I ZOOMed with Robert, Albert, Maddy, David, Mary Alice, Steve, and Joanna to read the first two acts of Ibsen’s immortal—and all too timely—play, An Enemy of the People. (We all know who that is these days.) I won’t go into all the details—you can … Continue reading George Gray: An Enemy of the People
Date of Read: 03/13 Venue: Private (Home) Number of Readers: 8 We had a lovely evening reading the first act and then have been on hold due to the pandemic. We’re hoping to resume next Friday for act 2 How Did It Go?: It was excellent!! So much fun.
First I am so grateful to be part of a reading group of all of the Pulitzer Prize winning plays. It has been a lot of fun and very interesting. I am also very grateful to have been able to find Craig’s Wife on your website as our group has found it difficult to access … Continue reading Jerri Price: Craig’s Wife
We are a “Play Group” of 5 women, and we have been reading the Pulitzer plays, starting at the beginning. Last year we read all of the August Wilson plays together in person. We read Craig’s Wife today, using your copy of the script. It went well–we use Zoom now that we have to stay … Continue reading Julie Smith: Craig’s Wife
Our “Play Group” read In Abraham’s Bosom, by Paul Green, today. Whew! We had so much to talk about as we read the play aloud and after we finished. There are so many issues that are still so present today considering the continued oppression of Black people and resistance to change by white people. We … Continue reading Julie Smith: In Abraham’s Bosom
This play won the Pulitzer Prize in 1927, and, unfortunately, it remains pertinent today. While in 1927 African Americans struggled to get any education, they still fight for equality in education today. I am one of five women who meet regularly (via Zoom for now) to read a play. We started with August Wilson’s plays, … Continue reading Marla Koch: In Abraham’s Bosom
My play group read In Abraham’s Bosom. What a story! This is the 1927 Pulitzer winner for drama. It is a primarily black cast and tells a sad and tragic story of a post slavery family. The protagonist, Abe, has a huge desire to start a school, but his bad temper and society’s view of … Continue reading Jois Brownstein: In Abraham’s Bosom
It went really well. I so enjoyed this play. It was very timely especially with the social justice issues going in our country at this time. We enjoyed a very lively discussion after the reading about how little people of colors lives have changed. That makes me very sad. I appreciate how well the author … Continue reading Jerri Price: In Abraham’s Bosom
Great script….. read in a Zoom Meetng by 8 friends who have been doing shows on and off togetherfor 45 years…. Thanks George for making available….
We had an excellent virtual reading (via Microsoft Teams) of Wendy Wasserstein’s Heidi Chronicles. We cast four readers as Heidi, Susan, Peter, and Scoop, and then four more readers served as: 1) Jill/Debbie/Lisa, 2) Fran/Molly/Besty, 3) Becky, Clara, Densie, and 4) April + reading stage directions aloud. We all felt transported back to the time … Continue reading Andrew Karthage: The Heidi Chronicles
Four friends and I shared a delightful summer afternoon socially distanced in a backyard. It’s the first we’ve physically been together since the pandemic began. Zoom is great in a pinch, but being together made for a spectacular reading. We continue to be shocked how the Pulitzer winners from the 1920’s seem perfectly contemporary today. … Continue reading Marla Koch: Street Scene
Sept 13, 2020 This is a story that sticks with you long after you’ve finished. It’s a very simplistic plot with only one setting and it takes place in less than 24 hours. Even with these basic elements, the story grabs the audience and encourages conversation. If I had to name a theme it would … Continue reading Jois Brownstein: street scene
Jan 2, 2021 This was a fascinating play to read, by only the second woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Nothing helps escape the here and now like transporting together as a group back to a 1930s view of 1890s Iowa. Recommended reading.
January 21, 2021 I think we were all really surprised by how timely this play still is. It was sad to read and also know how so many of our elective officials have been and still are so got up in owning their power instead of doing right for all people.
January 17, 2021 This is the fifth monthly online community playreading I have organized for the Highland Park Minyan in Highland Park NJ. (I have also organized three for the Highland Park Public Library.) It was very successful, culminating in a consensus that we should do another one next month. By way of thanks, I … Continue reading Stephen Eisdorfer: Lost in Yonkers
January 10, 2021 We were blown away that a play written almost 90 years ago was so relevant today, including a character named Trumper!!! So many parallels with the current government. The theme was how difficult it is to be honest in politics. It was a strong message that gave the audience lots to talk … Continue reading Jois Brownstein: Both Your Houses
January 10, 2021 I recommend reading this longest-ever-running play, which opened in the 1950s and only closed in 2020 due to theater lockdowns related to COVID-19. All of the roles are fun and lively to read, and if you all read it cold, part of the fun will be figuring out which one of the … Continue reading Andrew Karthage: The Mousetrap
January 10, 2021 This play could be shown today and be relevant, including a character of questionable morals named Trumper. The problems they wrestle with regarding politics in 1933 unfortunately remain pertinent. This play provoked much thought and conversation.
January 10, 2021 I wanted something light and airy and did not get that. Again, another play that hits current events on the head. There is even a character called “Trumper”. This play looks at the inner workings of legislation. Some of the quotes were chilling. I enjoyed this play very much and am very … Continue reading Jerri Price: Both Your Houses
December 13, 2020 We’ve been reading the Pulitzers from the beginning. This was the most fun so far. We laughed and laughed. At the end we were wondering what the point was, but decided the point might have just been to make people laugh during a difficult patch in time. The play is a satire … Continue reading Marla Koch: Of Thee I Sing
December 13, 2020 Who doesn’t need Gershwin during a pandemic? Again, another play that is politically and socially relevant to our current time. I laughed a lot during the reading and we did at times attempt to break into song. I recommend this play not only for its relevance for the time it was written, … Continue reading Jerri Price: Of Thee I Sing
November 11, 2020 It’s a beast in terms of cast size (lots of confusing part-sharing) and it’s heavily plotted in the final act, but the “scene” it paints of the “street”—the stoop of a NYC tenement in the 1930s (?)—is beautifully rendered. The characters are diverse, many immigrants, many professions, well-drawn people. The dialog feels … Continue reading Christopher Munden: Street Scene
We had good fun with this one. Lots of roles to read so we all got a chance to ham it up with the larger than life characters though it is disheartening to see that the political landscape hasn’t changed much since the early ’30s. The satire still holds up! It seems that very few … Continue reading Marissa King: Of Thee I Sing
February 17, 2021 This play had A LOT of characters and it was sometimes hard to keep track of which roles each of us was reading. So, that made it more challenging to actually get into the play and really identify with our characters. However, the slice of life depiction of 1920s NYC was interesting … Continue reading Marisa King: Street Scene
While there were some strong moments in this script, for the most part, our readers found it rather boring. Nothing seemed to actually happen and many of the participants were yawning throughout the session. For our little group, it may have been the least favourite script of all our Pulitzer reads so far.
Our group really enjoyed this play. Despite all the political speak we found it quite engaging and downright suspenseful! The script was very well written, particularly some of the monologues. It’s incredible how so little has changed in politics since the ’30s!
This is ER for the 1930s! Lots of drama behind the scenes of saving lives. We found there were too many characters in this play to truly connect with the action on a visceral level but there were some affecting scenes and the ending is particularly poignant.
This script definitely falls into the category of melodrama and we weren’t big fans of it. However, we recognize that it reflects the very circumscribed lives women were experiencing in the 1930s. There was certainly some pathos in the relationship between Delia and Charlotte and there are a few poignant speeches from these two characters.
Great examination of the tension between “having it all” and living an “authentic life.” More timely than you’d think.
It’s WAITING FOR GODOT, without even knowing the name of who/what they are waiting for. Tedious. Unfunny. Beckett did it infinitely better.