The Reading’s the Thing: Do play readings still rule? At the O’Neill they do. July 10, 2008 Christopher Arnott New Haven Advocate
“Play readings, once an integral element of Connecticut’s reputation as a major regional developer of new plays, have come under fire in recent years. But the unadorned verbal exploration of a newly written play—presented before real audiences without the encumbrance of sets, props, costumes, special lighting or sound effects, or even, in most cases, profound physical movement from the actors—has many merits….
“….Mark Bly, who headed playwriting and dramaturgy programs for a decade at the Yale School of Drama, deeply believed in play readings, and culminated his classes with public readings of his students’ most promising work, performed by professional New York actors. Bly’s successor as the head of the playwriting program, the much-produced playwright Richard Nelson, turned that discipline on its head when he insisted that the best way to judge a new play was to produce it fully….”
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