Readers’ Circle


Readers’ Circle is a monthly play-reading group, created by Carol Pedersen, that meets at Live Arts to enjoy and discuss great plays, from the famous to the obscure. It’s currently facilitated by Gretchen York. Readers’ Circle will be moving online for the remainder of the 2019/20 season! Read on for information about the next meeting, as well as a list of past RC offerings.

The next session of Readers’ Circle will meet through Zoom to talk about CARDBOARD PIANO by Hansol Jung on Sunday, April 19th at 3 pm. CARDBOARD PIANO, (in the words of its New Play Exchange entry), “explores violence and its aftermath, as well as the human capacity for hatred, forgiveness, and love.” The play runs about 2 hours–which, when you add a discussion, is a very long Zoom meeting! So Gretchen will select about 30 minutes’ worth of scenes for participants to read aloud. The group can inhabit Jung’s words for about half the meeting and discuss the play for the rest.

If you are interested and available, please RSVP ASAP to Readers’ Circle facilitator Gretchen York at and she will share a Google folder that includes the script and other helpful resources. Closer to the date, she will email the list of RSVPed persons a Zoom invite and instructions about how to enter the meeting. If you have any questions about this procedure, please let Gretchen know!

Stay tuned for information about future Readers’ Circle Online meetings!

22 SEPTEMBER 2019 

FAIRVIEW by Jackie Sibblies Drury
The winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for drama that enlists standard sitcom fare to trouble the white gaze.

20 OCTOBER 2019

TROUBLE IN MIND by Alice Childress
A backstage drama that reflects on racism in the theater world. In conversation with FAIRVIEW and FOLLIES.

24 NOVEMBER 2019 

THE EFFECT by Lucy Prebble
A “clinical romance” about love and the science behind treating depression. In conversation with TIGERS BE STILL.

8 and 15 DECEMBER 2019 

In lieu of a Readers’ Circle session of THE PIANO LESSON by August Wilson, interested readers are encouraged to enjoy the play’s performance at The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center! It opens 12/5/19, and there are two Sunday matinees at 2pm on Dec. 8 and Dec. 15, with a talkback on 12/8. Tickets available online.

19 JANUARY 2020 

DISGRACED by Ayad Akhtar
A dangerous dinner party and its aftermath for the post-9/11 age. A precursor to NOURA and THE HUMANS.

16 FEBRUARY 2020 

NOURA by Heather Raffo
A response to Ibsen’s A DOLL HOUSE about an Iraqi refugee in New York. In conversation with THE HUMANS.

5 APRIL 2020 (via Zoom)

THE THANKSGIVING PLAY by Larissa Fasthorse
A satirical look at privilege and the attempt to repackage American history. In conversation with MEN ON BOATS.