In an effort to further the scope of CTL members’ acquaintance with the classical canon, the Classical Theatre Lab early on initiated
a series of in-house readings of infrequently produced classical texts.
Over the years, these readings evolved into a staged reading format and presented for one or two nights to the public. The reading series provides audiences with opportunities to experience rarely produced classical texts in addition to well-known classics, performed by professional actors. At the same time, the readings give members opportunities for live performance. The production values are kept at a minimum. We focus on a clear understanding and delivery of the text. The reading series also provides Lab members with an opportunity to evaluate projects for further development. A number of projects presented as part of the reading series evolved into fuller workshops or co-productions.