I attended my third Indy Actors Playground last week. Lou Harry and Bill Simmons host it, usually at 7pm on the third Monday of every month at Indy Reads Books, which is at the northeast end of Massachusetts Avenue in downtown Indianapolis. The Best Chocolate in Town store stays open until 7pm on Mondays, so after work you can pick up some exotically flavored chocolate truffles for later and then cross the street to eat crawfish etouffee’ or red beans and rice at the new YATS location before you walk a few steps to the bookstore to hear some of Indy’s best professional actors reading aloud a play just for the fun of it.
Actors take turns choosing the play and casting it. They may or may not rehearse it together ahead of time, but since they are donating their time and talent and since most of them are working a lot already professionally, it is not meant to be a big time commitment for them. No one except the hosts and that month’s participating actors know what the play will be ahead of time. This is so the selecting actor does not have to think about a play’s marketability. He (or she) can choose a play for his own reasons, simply because he likes it.
There is no charge. There are also no promises to the audience about appropriateness so leave your kids at home and keep your mind open.