Update: The Zoom meeting scheduled for today is cancelled. We expect to meet over Zoom on July 20.
Playwrights Ink is resuming monthly readings by Zoom on the third Monday of each month, starting June 15th, at 7 PM. We have purchased a Zoom subscription, conducted a trial run, and lined up readers. If you are not on the Playwrights Ink mailing list, contact us to receive a link.
As soon as we can get started after 7, we will read:
Death Sentence ……………… by Karl Hillie :80
We have high hopes for our first experiment with the Zoom format. There is bound to be a catch or two, both technical and with the reading, so we ask for a little patience. It would be best if audience members not participating as actors mute mics and turn off cameras. We can still see and hear the readers but extraneous noises and video distractions will be minimized.
Playwrights Ink exists to serve playwrights and the development of their plays. By virtue of this mission, we do not have artistic direction or an official policy on language, politics, race, or sex. We are a live conduit, like Twitter, and we have no filters to screen material some may find offensive or unsavory. If you discover a play is not your thing, slip away and come visit us next month.
Our meetings let playwrights hear their own dialog and subsequently feedback from the audience. One of the tenets of our critique process is to offer something we like first and then go to what didn’t work for us. We should never get personal but stay focused on the play and respect the writer for the accomplishment and courage to bring it to the group. We encourage frankness, specific language and kindness.
Additional Zoom etiquette for the uninitiated (if your media is turned off, this is mostly irrelevant):
- Position your camera properly before the program begins.
- By the time the program begins, position yourself comfortably to avoid distracting others.
- Only the speakers’ microphones will be on during the program, all others will be muted. This will reduce or eliminate any background sounds.
- During feedback time, to avoid everyone contributing at one time, remain muted until you are called upon by the moderator. Everyone will have an opportunity to contribute.