Readers’ Theater

So how do you keep people’s interest when they have to listen to you read for an hour or more?! At the Old Bowie Town Grille I sang a few songs from the 1907 era when the protagonist’s great-grandfather in Well Considered was murdered by a mob and told a story describing the setting with dirt roads, carriages, a two-room schoolhouse, general store, and trains. I wanted to give the audience a feel for the time and setting. Then, in addition to reading from the novel, I involved the audience by having a readers’ theater. I chose a scene in which four women were sitting around the kitchen yakking while one made eastern shore clam chowder. That was fun. One man was the narrator. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. This might be fun to do with your book club, too. The script can be found here as a Well-Considered subpage.

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