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Monday Evening Readings

March 13, 2023

The Shock of Recognition (one-act play) by Robert Anderson & Ruby of Elsinore (one-act play) by Bruce Kane

Two one-act plays: candidates for September 2023

The Shock of Recognition (one-act play) by Robert Anderson, production candidate for September 2023

Silver, a matter-of-fact producer, doesn’t like the opening moment of earnest young dramatist Grizzard’s play. A wife having breakfast in bed says something to her husband, who is in the bathroom. So he comes out, jaybird naked, and yells to her: "You know I can’t hear you when the water’s running." Silver doesn’t think this confrontation is necessary. Grizzard insists the scene is quite important – and, after all, it lasts only an instant. A quarrel develops, and a job-hunting actor becomes involved. He eagerly begins to strip, demonstrating how he would handle the role.

Ruby of Elsinore (one-act play) by Bruce Kane, production candidate for September 2023

The play is about a fictional, typically New York hairdresser working at Elsinore in Denmark.
Her customers are the main characters from "Hamlet": Ophelia, Queen Gertrude, KIng Claudius, Hamlet and the Ghost.

March 20, 2023

The Actor's Nightmare (one-act play) by Christopher Durang & Smalltalking (one-act musical), book, lyrics and music by Jamie Langridge, vocal arrangement by Jamie Langridge and Heather Hsieh

Two one-act plays: candidates for September 2023

The Actor's Nightmare (one-act play) by Christopher Durang, production candidate for September 2023

Having casually wandered onstage, George, an accountant, is informed by a stage manager that one of the actors has been in an auto accident and he must replace him immediately. Apparently no one is sure of what play is being performed but George (costumed as Hamlet) seems to find himself in the middle of a scene from Private Lives. As he fumbles through one missed cue after another, the other actors shift from one play to another – all while George is slowly losing any sense of what he should be doing. The end will leave you wondering – is this just a bad dream? Or a terrible nightmare?

Smalltalking (one-act musical), book, lyrics and music by Jamie Langridge, vocal arrangement by Jamie Langridge and Heather Hsieh, production candidate for September 2023

Two strangers meet by chance in a park near a hospital where they have both been visiting their respective sick fathers. They get to know each other over time and learn they have very different standpoints and backgrounds on what it is to care for your parents as they get older. One day they discover something which changes everything.

March 27, 2023

TBC

A separate email will be sent via our mailing list when the play has been chosen. This entry will be updated shortly.

The Zurich English-Speaking Theatre meets almost every Monday evening for a play reading. Potential new members are always welcome - take a look at the reading details on this page for the next reading date.  All meetings take place at St. Andrew's Community Centre, near Stadelhofen in central Zurich (see the map below).  Doors open around 19:00 for an informal get-together and the reading starts at 19:30 unless otherwise stated.  You don't need to sign up or inform us that you are coming, but if you have any questions, please contact us via the General Enquiries page.

 

Play readings are organised and read by members without rehearsal with scripts in hand and a basic set.  Newcomers will not be initially asked to read, but if you'd like to get involved, talk to anyone on the committee and we will be glad to put you down on the reading list.

Monday readings are open to anyone and count towards your membership session count.  For more information on membership, see the membership page.

Coronavirus

Following changes to the BAG restrictions, certificates will no longer be required to attend in-person events. Some venues still require us to wear masks despite the changes, which we must abide by. Please do not attend an event if you have COVID-like symptoms. Food and drink may be consumed again and wine will be provided again on Mondays in the coming weeks.

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