CARDINAL PLAY DATES
Play Dates is a monthly script-reading club. It’s just like a book club, but for theater! Each month we’ll read a different play or musical and then meet to discuss the piece. We’ll read a little bit of the show out loud, talk about themes and characters, and occasionally do Q&A with playwrights or other theater experts. If you love theater and want to expand your knowledge or meet fellow theater fans, this is the group for you!
Anyone can join Play Dates for free, but members will need to purchase scripts each month (or borrow them from the library). We want to ensure that playwrights are getting paid for their work. We will provide links to outlets where each month’s script will be available for purchase or loan, as well as additional resources like cast albums or video recordings.
Play Dates will meet on the final Wednesday of each month at 7pm over Zoom, until we are able to meet in person. Find more info about this month’s play below!
October Play: Marjorie Prime
October Meeting Date: Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00 pm via Zoom
It’s the age of artificial intelligence, and eighty-five-year-old Marjorie — a jumble of disparate, fading memories — has a handsome new companion who’s programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? In this richly spare, wondrous new play, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits — if any — of what technology can replace.
This script is available for purchase on Amazon (Print or Kindle).
Meet the Playwright: Jordan Harrison
Jordan Harrison was a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Marjorie Prime, which premiered at the Mark Taper Forum and had its New York premiere at Playwrights Horizons. A film adaptation, directed by Michael Almereyda, premiered in the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Jordan’s play Maple and Vine premiered in the 2011 Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville and went on to productions at American Conservatory Theatre and Playwrights Horizons, among others. Other plays include The Grown-Up (Humana Festival), Doris to Darlene, a cautionary valentine (Playwrights Horizons), Amazons and their Men (Clubbed Thumb), Act A Lady (Humana Festival), Finn in the Underworld (Berkeley Rep), Futura (Portland Center Stage/NAATCO), Kid-Simple (Humana Festival), The Museum Play (WET), and a musical, Suprema (O’Neill Music Theatre Conference). Jordan had two new plays premiering Off-Broadway in the ’17-’18 season: The Amateurs at the Vineyard Theatre, and Log Cabin at Playwrights Horizons.
Jordan is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, the Horton Foote Prize, the Kesselring Prize, the Roe Green Award from Cleveland Play House, the Heideman Award, a Theater Masters Innovative Playwright Award, the Loewe Award for Musical Theater, Jerome and McKnight Fellowships, a NYSCA grant, and a NEA/TCG Residency with The Empty Space Theater. His children’s musical, The Flea and the Professor, won the Barrymore Award for Best Production after premiering at the Arden Theatre. A graduate of Stanford University and the Brown MFA program, Jordan is an alumnus of New Dramatists. For three seasons, he was a writer and producer for the Netflix original series “Orange is the New Black.”
Previous Play Dates:
May 2020: Sunday in the Park with George by Stephen Sondheim. Watch the recap here!
June 2020: The Taming by Lauren Gunderson. Watch the recap here!
July 2020: The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington by James Ijames. Watch the recap here!
August 2020: Two Trains Running by August Wilson. Watch the recap here!
September 2020: The Light in the Piazza by Craig Lucas & Adam Guettel. Watch the recap here!