Reader’s Theater? What is that?

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The Majestic Reader’s Theater Company begins its first full season Sunday night September 29th with the Pulitzer Prize winning drama Proof by David Auburn.  Reader’s Theater differs from other forms of theater because all actors carry scripts. They use their voice, facial expression and posture to convey emotion.  Some small props and sound effects are used but there is no set or backdrop. The imagination of the audience places the actors in a specific time and location.  The reader’s theater format gives Corvallis a chance to attend contemporary works of famous modern playwrights that would otherwise not be performed here.  All performances are one evening only on the last Sunday of the month.

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One thought on “Reader’s Theater? What is that?

    justmyacting said:
    September 21, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    I love etymology. I once heard someone explain that, originally, one meaning of “proof” was “to test”. We use this sense when we “proof” yeast, or test it to see if it’s alive. “The proof of the pudding is in the eating” because we must eat the pudding to test if it’s good. “The exception proves the rule” means the exception “tests” the rule (see http://www.snopes.com/language/notthink/exception.asp). Surely, Auburn knew the sense of “Proof” as a test. In their interrelationships, the four people in this play constantly test each other.

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