If you enjoy seeing plays in the theatre, it’s likely that you can’t see as many as you’d like — especially at the moment, due to pandemic closures. An alternate way to experience a play script is to read it, trying to bring it to life in your mind. It’s a different activity than reading a novel or a nonfiction piece, because the words on the page are only part of the story; the rest is supposed to be added by the stagecraft of actors, directors, and designers. This can be challenging, but also gives you the opportunity to “direct” the production yourself, or to imagine how your favorite actors would play it.
I don’t often read plays; I confess that when I do, it usually leaves me wishing I could see a really good production, or remembering shows that I have seen. Perhaps if I made play-reading more of a habit, I’d get used to experiencing it on its own terms. There are so many great plays that I will probably never see on the stage, but it would be a pity to miss them entirely.
Do you enjoy reading plays, or do you find it too much work? What plays have you read, or would like to read?