"The play's the thing" -Hamlet, William Shakespeare
Play reading groups have a long tradition.
In Virginia Woolf's "Mrs. Dalloway," the character Peter Walsh describes reading Shakespeare out loud with some companions.
In E.M. Forster's "A Room with a View," the character of Mr. Beebe remarks on the pleasure of reading plays out loud.
And in his book, "Caravans," James A. Michener talks about how—in the mid-1940s—foreign embassy personnel in Kabul, Afghanistan gathered in the evenings and read plays out loud as a form of entertainment.
More recently, during the COVID lock downs, online play reading group activity soared. Here at WICE we thought this would be a very nice addition to our Literature program, and a recent survey of WICE members indicated that there's a real interest in it.
In the near-term, WICE's "From Page to Stage" group will focus on reading plays with the following qualities:
Furthermore, we strive to have a balance in gender among the authors, and a mix of nationalities.
The plays listed below all meet these criteria, and these will be the candidate plays for the time being. This list is by no means exhaustive or exclusive, and any other play that meets the criteria is open for inclusion. Once the group gets further established, we can expand our selection criteria.
Participation in this group is free for WICE Members, although registration is required.
If you would like more information or if you have questions, please email:
firstname.lastname@example.orgReturn to Literature
Sample Candidate Plays