Course Description

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.

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Section Title
Table Read: Plays From the American Stage
Online - Zoom
9:00AM to 10:30AM
Feb 01, 2024 to Apr 04, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes

Please note: A week before the first class, the instructor will distribute the three plays in person to students at Judea Reform Congregation in Durham. Students will receive an email containing the date and time. For students who wish to attend, the class will see PlayMakers Repertory Company's production of "Murder on the Orient Express" on March 17 in Chapel Hill, with behind-the-scenes extras. The group rate tickets will cost $14.

Required supplies/fee: There is a $30 fee to cover the cost of all three scripts, payable to the instructor at the first class.

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