Read to Relate: A Theatre Memphis Interactive Play Discussion Group is an online reading and discussion group that will read works by American playwrights of color and/or who are differently abled. With the intent to include one or more of the discussed plays into future seasons at Theatre Memphis, the objective of this virtual experience is to broaden awareness of plays written by and about the BIPOC and/or differently abled communities (BIPOC: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color). Discussions about the scripts will be moderated by local Black theatre artists. The moderator will guide the participants through two virtual discussions about the literary and social context found in the text and production qualities of the play.
Every other month Theatre Memphis will offer a new script selection for discussion. Each play is assigned a four week period during which participants will read the play on their own and attend two virtual discussion sessions. Registered participants will receive a copy of the script(s) and a link to the scheduled discussions. There is a $15 fee to register. The fee covers the cost of the script and the two moderated discussions. The scripts will be available for pick up at Theatre Memphis. Register online below. If fees are an issue for an interested participant or if you have additional questions, please contact the program manager, Claire Rutkauskas, for more information at email@example.com.
The first selected script selected for engagement was Saturday Night/Sunday Morning by Katori Hall. Saturday Night/Sunday Morning is set in the final days of the Second World War at Miss Mary's Press and Curl beauty parlor and women's boarding house in Memphis, Tennessee. Ms. Hall is a native Memphian and internationally known playwright, screenplay writer, journalist and producer and is celebrated for her Olivier Award-winning play, The Mountain Top, and her Antonyo Award-winning new Broadway musical, Tina -The Tina Turner Musical.
The two virtual discussions for Saturday Night/Sunday Morning were moderated by Leslie Reddick. Reddick is a native Memphian who directs and performs in the Memphis area and has been teaching Performing Arts at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School for over 25 years. She is a graduate of Rhodes College with a Master's Degree in Theater from the University of Memphis.
The schedule & registration for the next play reading in January will be announced soon.
Anyone interested in sponsoring a title for discussion can do that with a $100 donation to the program. Your name or company will be listed as the sponsor of the title in all promotions of the title. Just contact Claire Rutkauskas.
Future guest moderators for the inaugural year of this program are Tony Horne, Thomas “TeKay” King, Mary Ann Washington, Bria Brown and Kierra Turner.