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.
Learn more about our fall Play Date meetings and sign up below!
September: Blood at the Root
by Dominique Morriseau
Meeting Date: September 29th @ 7:00 PM via Zoom
A striking new ensemble drama based on the Jena Six; six Black students who were initially charged with attempted murder after a school fight which was provoked by nooses hanging from a tree on campus.
October: The Band’s Visit
Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek, Book by Itamar Moses
Meeting Date: October 27th @ 7:00 PM via Zoom
In an Israeli desert town where every day feels the same, something different is suddenly in the air. Dina, the local café owner, had long resigned her desires for romance to daydreaming about exotic films and music from her youth. When a band of Egyptian musicians shows up lost at her café, she and her fellow locals take them in for the night. Under the spell of the night sky, their lives intertwine in unexpected ways, and this once sleepy town begins to wake up.
by Ayad Akhtar
Meeting Date: November 17th @ 7:00 PM via Zoom
Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his cultural roots. Emily, his wife, is white; she’s an artist, and her work is influenced by Islamic imagery. When the couple hosts a dinner party, what starts out as witty banter and friendly conversation escalates into something far more damaging.
by Jen Silverman
Meeting Date: December 15th @ 7:00 PM via Zoom
Two sisters and a dog live out their lives on the bleak English moors, dreaming of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and a moor-hen set all three on a strange and dangerous path. The Moors is a dark comedy about love, desperation, and visibility.
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!
October 2020: Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison.
November 2020: Other Desert Cities Jon Robin Baitz.
February 2021: School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh.
March 2021: The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl.
April 2021: Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 by Dave Malloy.
May 2021: Hurricane Diane by Madeleine George.