September Really Isn’t
That Far Away

by Michael Premsrirat
of The Los Angeles Theatre Center in Los Angeles, CA
Volume II. Jan-Feb 2012

Join Us for a Staged Reading and Become Part of the Process

On Thursday, January 26, 7:00 p.m., the Latino Theater Company will present a staged reading of The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry by Marcus Gardley as part of the Playwrights Festival at Los Angeles Theatre Center. The full production will be presented in September 2012.  Every January, free staged readings are presented in order to introduce our audiences to the year’s upcoming productions. We are very excited about 2012’s slate of groundbreaking work by veteran and emerging professional dramatists, as well as UCLA MFA playwrights.  For more information, visit http://thelatc.org/2011/shows/latc-playwrights-festival-2012/.

LATC Programming Director Chantal Rodriguez in an obviously staged shot, but please know we really are excited about the script in her hand and everyone coming for the reading will be greeted with a smile.

September really isn’t that far away.  Even though we’re focused on putting the machinery into motion for the spring season, we have our eye on the fall and this innovative collaboration between artists across the country and between the Lark Play Development Center in New York, the Latino Theater Company in Los Angeles, and other local arts organizations.  We have a little time to work out how we’ll put on a great show and promote it effectively, but the crucial element will be you.

We invite you to join us for the staged reading on January 26 and become part of the process.  Staged readings should be a staple of every theatergoer’s diet, because:

  • they’re free
  • you get to appreciate the text apart from the performance and production values
  • you have the opportunity to contribute to the development process by giving your feedback

It’s fascinating to watch a play evolve between a staged reading and the production—what gets cut, what gets added, how certain elements are refined in order to improve the script.  There are many things that work on the page that don’t necessarily work on the stage.  There are things the actors discover during rehearsal that get put into the script.  Theater is an ongoing and collaborative process.

And it doesn’t end when the curtain rises on opening night.

Some playwrights and directors continue tweaking until the curtain falls on closing night.  As you know, every single performance is unique—that’s the defining element of live theatre—but there are some shows that get rewritten every night.  Why?  Primarily, it’s audience reaction.  Everything we do is for you, the audience.

Staged readings are said to be for the playwright to hear the script, but for any sensible playwright, it’s an opportunity for her or him to gauge audience reaction. And from our previous discussions about the road weeps with our community partners, we know this will be an engaging and exciting experience.

We warmly invite you to join us on Thursday, January 26 at Latino Theater Company.

It will be your chance to hear the gorgeous language of the road weeps as our guest and our chance to find out what you think about it.  We’ll be watching every reaction.  Are you nodding in agreement?  Or nodding off to sleep?  And if you feel comfortable doing so, please give us your feedback during the post-reading discussion:  What made an impact on you?  What was unclear?  Is there something else you yearn to discover that the play may not have fully unveiled?

 

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