Under Re-Construction for Online Events
The how-to tips and guidelines under this heading were written before CR/I went online. Updates are in the works.
The simplest way to experience a cold read is to join a local group. Unfortunately, such groups are few and far between, and most are’t open to the public. You can find a list of (currently only) 62 MeetUp groups world wide (so few, so far between, so disconnected) at playreading.meetup.com, or search for “play reading groups,” etc.
Nothing near you? Not a problem.
Host a Read Yourself
A cold read is simply two or more people reading a play, together, aloud. This blog offers tips and guidelines to facilitate and enhance the occasion, but “the play’s the thing” that matters.
You can prove this to yourself, before you read another word—if you and a friend have twenty minutes. Just open one of my 10-minute plays—Another Bus Stop (m/w) or Jack and Bill (2m)—or It’s Not About Race (2w), by Jenny Webb, and read,
Otherwise, read on. But sometime soon, get together over tea (or coffee, lunch, drinks) and give it the old college try.
Then (please) send some Feedback.
Step by Step
All it takes to make a cold read happen is someone (like you)—the Host—who will download a play, ask a few friends to do likewise, and gather with them to read. The following links elaborate on these simple steps:
- Choose a Play
Any well-known play is well worth reading. That said, of the millions of plays since the Greeks, which one do you pick? This step narrows down the options to plays best suited to your group. (If you know the play you want, skip this step.)
- Acquire a Script
Thousands of plays are available on line, including all the classics and most other well-known plays in the public domain. Most modern work is copyright protected, and harder to come by. We can help.
- Schedule a Read
Anyone who reads and will show up at some quiet, comfy place at a given time can join a group and read. Again, that said, of all the options, who comes where? And when? And who brings the munchies?
- Play by the Rules
Everybody reads, assuming roles regardless of gender, age, or type, swapping off the major roles and doubling up for crowd scenes. Anyone can stop and talk; someone gets us back on track. If time runs out, we meet again or finish on our own. Other guidelines involve tolerance and courtesy.
If you read just once (or more if you like, with different friends), some of your friends may read with other friends, those friends with theirs, until, in time, it’s all the rage, and people everywhere are reading plays. That’s grass at its very roots.
Give it a go, and let us know how it turns out with some Feedback. If you have fun, do it again. If it gets to be a habit, by default, you’ll be a Cold Reads group, and as such, we welcome (we beseech) you to join this fledgling (in time world-wide) interactive network of readers committed to promoting what we do.
Jump on the wagon. Spread the word. Apply for membership (Click Join Up).
When People Gather to Read Plays
as Often as They Do to Pray (or Play)
the World Will Be a Better Place to live
Questions? Thoughts? Comment (below).