Play Date

Read a play with us each month

Monthly play reading activity aiming to spread awareness, and increase appreciation of playwrights and playwriting from around the world. Anyone is welcome to join, and read regardless of play reading or language skills. The session will be followed by a discussion led by a professional theatre artist to spark conversations about the themes, style, form, and current world issues related to the selected play. 

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October 21st, 7:00PM - 9:30PM

The Highway Crossing, or the Tale of a Golden Fish

Jaan Tätte (October 3, 1885 – February 20, 1970) was an American journalist  and playwright of the first half of the 20th century. Her best known work, which we will read this month is Machinal which is often included in drama anthologies as an example of an expressionist or modernist play. In addition to writing dozens of plays and journals, she also wrote several novels, as well as serial stories and countless articles that appeared in newspapers. Treadwell also produced, directed and acted in some of her productions. The styles and subjects of Treadwell’s writings are vast, but many present women’s issues of her time, subjects of current media coverage, or aspects of Treadwell’s Mexican heritage.[1]

A young woman works as a low-level stenographer and lives with her mother. She follows the rituals that society expects of a woman, however resistant she may feel about them. She subsequently marries her boss, whom she finds repulsive. After having a baby with him, she has an affair with a younger man who fuels her lust for life. Driven to murder her husband, she is convicted of the crime and is executed in the electric chair.

Machinal

Sophie Anita Treadwell (October 3, 1885 – February 20, 1970) was an American journalist  and playwright of the first half of the 20th century. Her best known work, which we will read this month is Machinal which is often included in drama anthologies as an example of an expressionist or modernist play. In addition to writing dozens of plays and journals, she also wrote several novels, as well as serial stories and countless articles that appeared in newspapers. Treadwell also produced, directed and acted in some of her productions. The styles and subjects of Treadwell’s writings are vast, but many present women’s issues of her time, subjects of current media coverage, or aspects of Treadwell’s Mexican heritage.[1]

A young woman works as a low-level stenographer and lives with her mother. She follows the rituals that society expects of a woman, however resistant she may feel about them. She subsequently marries her boss, whom she finds repulsive. After having a baby with him, she has an affair with a younger man who fuels her lust for life. Driven to murder her husband, she is convicted of the crime and is executed in the electric chair.

Reading a play is like venturing into a new world.

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No, there is no need to purchase the play in order to participate in the play reading, although we strongly encourage you to supporting the livelihood of playwrights by purchasing their published work. For the purpose of Play Date read, we have obtained a permission of the playwrights to read their work and you will be provided with access to it on the day of the read. Please do consider supporting playwright by either purchasing the play, attending a show in the future or donating. Thank you.

Absolutely! If you would like to join us for one session just to see how it goes, feel free.

You are trying something new! Yay! No need to prepare anything, we will explain how things go during our event. If you have any special requests, or accessibility needs, please e-mail us at: info@cranecreations.ca

Of course you can! Join us for a Play Date, and enter your suggested play in the survey at the end of the session. Our team will read the play, contact the playwright (if the play is still under copyright) and add find a way how to add it to the schedule.

Each Play Date we share the roles based on how many characters are in the story, and how many participants we have. 

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