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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August 19th, 7:00PM - 9:30PM
Yasmina Reza (born in 1959) is a French playwright, actress, novelist and screenwriter best known for her play God of Carnage, is also the author of the Tony award winning play we are reading this month, Art. Many of her brief satiric plays have reflected on contemporary middle-class issues. She is a highly decorated playwright with multiple Moliere awards, two Lawrence Olivier awards, two Tonys, and many other awards throughout her career thus far.
Set in Paris, Art revolves around three friends—Serge, Marc and Yvan—who find their previously solid 15-year friendship on shaky ground when Serge buys an expensive painting. The canvas is white, with several fine white lines.
Marc is appalled to hear that Serge had paid two hundred thousand francs, scornfully describes it as “a piece of white shit”. Serge argues that the painting, created by a reputable artist, is worth its hefty price, but Marc remains unconvinced.
Serge and Marc confide in Yvan about their disagreement. Yvan, who is engaged but conflicted over his forthcoming wedding, remains neutral and attempts to smooth things over. To Serge, Yvan comments politely on the painting but admits that he does not grasp the essence of it. To Marc, Yvan laughs at the painting’s price but suggests that the work is not quite meaningless. Yvan’s vacillations only fuel the disagreement as his friends criticize his timid neutrality.
Will their friendship survive?
Reading a play is like venturing into a new world.
Most frequently asked questions and answers
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.