SPEEC Playreading

At the beginning of 2020, Theatre Makers started a SPEEC Playreading Series focused on plays with social, political, economic, and/or environmental change themes.

These impromptu “private” readings take place all around the San Francisco Bay Area and everyone who can read is welcome. The choice of reading matter is inclusive, drawing from a wide variety of class, racial/ethnic, gender identity, sexual orientation, and other cultural traditions. Often we choose a play related to the celebrations of a particular month, such as African-American History month each February.

We ask for a donation of $5 for a printed script with no one turned away for lack of funds. We make an effort to locate venues that are wheelchair-accessible.

Below is the schedule of SPEEC Playreading Series events in 2020 with a link to find out more information and RSVP to the event. RSVP’ing requires joining the free Theatre Makers meetup group, which will also make it possible for you to receive regular email notifications of other playreadings and related events.

Please RSVP by clicking on the date, which is a link. Dates which don’t have links aren’t set up for RSVPs yet.

DateTitlePlaywrightCityTheme
20200126HarvestLangston HughesSan LeandroEconomic Justice/ Poverty
20200202If We Must LiveFrank GreenwoodOaklandAfrican-American History
20200315The Rhythm of Violence &
No Matter Where I Go
Lewis Nkosi,
Amal Khouri
San FranciscoWomen’s History, Intl. Day Against Police Brutality
AprilRituals of Signs and TransformationsSaadallah WannousOakland?Arab-American Heritage
MayM. ButterflyDavid Henry HwangSan FranciscoAsian-Pacific American Heritage
JuneEdward IIChristopher MarloweAlameda?Queer Freedom
JulyBlues for Mr. CharlieJames BaldwinFruitvale?
AugustMasses Man &
Hinkemann
Ernst TollerOakland?
SeptemberZoot SuitEl Teatro Campesino (Luis Valdez)San Jose?LatinX Heritage
OctoberThe Accidental Death of an AnarchistDario FoSan FranciscoNational Anti-Police Brutality Day
NovemberThe Brig &
Savage Conversations (?)
Living Theatre (Kenneth Brown),
Leanne Howe
Alcatraz?American Indian Heritage
DecemberThe Normal HeartLarry KramerSan FranciscoWorld AIDS Day