By Rebecca Wright, producer for The Writers’ Room
37 Inside the Writers’ Room pass-holders joined the cast and Wendy for the first Table Read of Women in Jep. Because of the logistics of making sure the reading could be heard in a room full of people, we opted to do it at music stands instead of around an actual table. It was a roaring success! Lots of laughs, interesting ideas, and much good will all around. Everyone agreed that the cast is compelling and hilarious, and that the writing is funny and thought-provoking.
The reading was followed by a brief conversation between Ed and Wendy and the actors, after which they retired to the Arden’s offices to continue discussing the script, while I stayed behind with the passholders to talk with them about what we’d all just seen. Our conversation included questions about double-casting, scene changes, and certain of the play’s unsolved mysteries. Several pass-holders also stayed after the group conversation to ask more about some of the nuts-and-bolts theatre terms that came up in Wendy’s discussion with Ed. One of the terms that needed defining was “beat”—which is the smallest unit of action in a play; a beat shifts when a character’s emotion or intention shifts.
Here are some photos of the evening:
Rehearsals start next week and we’ll have more updates then!