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Theatre Reading Series Provides a Peek at Play Development

March 16, 2006

A marathon of staged theatre readings this April allows graduate students within the ASU Herberger College School of Theatre and Film's MFA playwriting program to develop their plays before an audience prior to production. The actors hold scripts while delivering an actual performance.

"We seek to provide the playwrights with the opportunity to have their plays heard, working with actors and a director as a means to test and experiment with the play," said Guillermo Reyes, head of playwriting at the School of Theatre and Film. "It's a laboratory process, and also a common practice in play development in this country."  

The New Plays Reading Series has proved beneficial for several plays that were produced on the Mainstage -- most recently "Stolen Children." "Voices of Valor" also recently was produced by ASU Public Events at Gammage.

For a calendar of New Plays Reading Series dates, please visit:

Wendy Craft
Media Relations
Arizona State University 
Herberger College of Fine Arts
(480) 965-0478