Public Reading Guidelines

Plays receiving public readings are chosen from that season's submitted scripts highly rated by our readers/evaluators.

BPF public readings are open to the public with no admission fee. They are scheduled on alternate Saturdays from late November through the middle of March. A short play might be read following the BPF public meeting held regularly on the third Tuesday of each month. Other readings may be scheduled ad hoc as demand warrants.

The readings are rehearsed by an assigned director, and read by experienced actors. Each reading is followed by a discussion with the playwright(s) and director, and the actors and audience invited to participate.

If chosen for a reading:

  • The playwright shall provide a sufficient number of scripts for the actors and director.
  • The playwright or a proxy must be in attendance.

A reading is not required for a play to be chosen for production, nor is it a guarantee of production. BPF member theatres are independent producing organizations, each with their own tastes, ambitions and strengths. Each theatre chooses which play(s) they will produce based on their own criteria.