ONLINE: A table read is a gathering of people to enjoy a play by reading the script aloud. It's fun to give your voice to a wonderful role. You begin to understand, admire and sympathize with strong, memorable characters. They offer us unique perspectives on life. This online course is not an acting class. Reading the dialogue and stage directions in a group setting will take students into the story and the characters’ lives. We will read the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic "Our Town," by Thornton Wilder, and "By the Way, Meet Vera Stark," a screwball comedy with a message by two-time Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage. Our third play will be "Murder on the Orient Express," adapted from the Agatha Christie mystery by Ken Ludwig, who is known for his comedic writing. No acting experience is necessary. Students must read each play in its entirety before the first class in which it will be read aloud. Roles will be assigned randomly. Each class meeting will include a Q&A and discussion. | Facilitated discussion.
Max enrollment: 12.
Karen Tierney's career was in local and nationally syndicated television, working in all aspects of production. She was an executive producer on "PM Magazine," a nationally syndicated program based in Los Angeles. She also worked as a stage manager and assistant director for a small professional theater in the San Francisco Bay Area. A lifelong love of story and the joy of working on creative teams combine to bring her back to OLLI to teach this course a second time.