Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Human Rights New Works Festival differ from other RMTC events?
The festival is primarily comprised of staged readings where the actors are at music stands. The readings typically do not include props, costumes, or a set. The shows that are musicals will include music performances as well. Each reading will be followed by a talk-back with the writers and actors. We will also host panel discussions for further exploration of the issues presented in each play.
What does it mean to give a play a reading?
A key portion of the developmental process of a new play/musical is moving the piece from the printed page into the hands of live actors. In hearing their words are spoken aloud and music is sung in the context of those words, the writers often discover needed adjustments in the script or musical score.
What’s the benefit of not having the actors memorize their lines?
Without memorization, the rehearsal process is shorter and readings can be mounted more quickly. Also, the actors are able to focus on delivering lines exactly as written, allowing the writers the chance to better evaluate their choices.
Are readings fully staged?
Readings are not fully staged but are acted and/or sung behind music stands. This is a great opportunity to see productions before they have reached the stage version.
Should I buy a Festival Pass or an individual ticket?
The Festival Pass is the best value, as it’s $20 for four readings. Individuals tickets are $10 for a single reading. However, the choice of Festival Pass ($20) or individual ticket ($10) is up to you.
If you purchase a Festival Pass, you will present your ticket upon arrival Friday evening (or at the first reading you attend) and be given a wristband for access to the rest of the readings that weekend. You’ll be able to come and go from the theatre Friday and Saturday merely by showing your wristband.
If you purchase an individual reading ticket, your ticket is only valid for the reading you purchased. It will be scanned for entry just prior to that reading’s start time.
Will I have an assigned seat?
No. The readings are general admission seating.
If I buy a Festival Pass does that also include Alabama Story?
No. While Alabama Story is on the same weekend, the Festival Pass only inlcudes all of the staged readings. You will need to purchase Alabama Story tickets separately.
Are all of the readings appropriate for all ages?
The readings for this festival are for an adult audience.