Monday Evening Readings

June 7, 2021

Fun Home – music by Jeanine Tesori, lyrics and book by Lisa Kron [Zoom Screening]

The first Broadway musical with a canonically lesbian protagonist, Fun Home tells the story of cartoonist Allison Bechdel's memoir about figuring out her sexuality and her relationship to her father. Fun Home won the Tony Award for best musical in 2015.

June 14, 2021

Lunch Girls – by Ron Hart [Zoom Reading]

Four women, four friends, four lives: will they ever manage to meet for lunch? Ron Hart's play from the 1980s explores the superficial and complex relationships between the women we meet, their family members and friends, revealing more intimate details as the play progresses.

June 21, 2021

The Last Five Years – music, lyrics, and book by Jason Robert Brown [Zoom Screening]

Jason Robert Brown's Drama Desk Award-winning musical, The Last Five Years, is an emotionally powerful and intimate show about two New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over the course of five years.

June 28, 2021

The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later – by Moises Kaufman and the members of the Tectonic Theater Project [Zoom Reading]

On October 6, 1998, gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard left the Fireside Bar with Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson. The following day he was discovered on a prairie at the edge of town, tied to a fence, brutally beaten, and close to death. Six days later Matthew Shepard died. Ten members of Tectonic Theatre Project travelled to Laramie, Wyoming, and conducted interviews with the people of the town. These texts became the basis for the play The Laramie Project. Ten years later, five members of Tectonic returned to Laramie to try to understand the long-term effect of the murder.

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.

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