Between auditions and showtime is one of our favorite days of the season: the moment our new cast comes together for the first time to meet and to hear one another's stories.
The first read-through gives cast members a chance to schmooze over bagels (thanks to sponsor Balsam Bagels), fruit, coffee, and tea for a little while, until it's time to settle at the table for notes and readings.
Then, the magic happens.
With each story, our readers peel away a little more of an ache that gave rise to a story that needed to be told. We grow closer as each experience breathes in words and air and voice; even in the pauses each reader takes between sentences and words, we hold our collective breath, wondering how the story will resolve.