How It Happens

Local Groups

The simplest way to experience a cold read is to join a local group. Unfortunately, such groups are few and far between. You can find a list of (currently only) 57 MeetUp groups world wide (so few, so far between, so disconnected) at, or search for “play reading groups,” etc.

Nothing near you? Not a problem.

Host a Read Yourself

Quick Start

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 have twenty minutes and a friend or three at hand. Otherwise, read on.

But sometime soon, get together over tea (or coffee, lunch, drinks)

Visit Ten-Minute Plays on line
Select a cast size
Open a play, and
Read  (with ad lib comments, 5-10 minutes more)

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 pages elaborate on these simple steps:

Choose a Play

Acquire a Script

Schedule a Read

Play by the Rules

If you only do this once (or more if you like, with different friends), some of those friends may read with other friends 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. If you have fun, do it again. If it gets to be a habit, start your own group and jump on the wagon, spread the word—Join Cold Reads.


Questions? Thoughts? Comment (below).



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