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Play Café

  • Vino Amore 5575 S Harbor Ave Freeland, WA, 98249 United States (map)

‘Play Café’ invites everybody to a cold-reading of Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl.

Join Phil Jordan on Wednesday, January 14, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at Vino Amore, 5575 Harbor Ave., Freeland, WA 98249, as he leads us in a reading of Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl.

Have you ever wanted to try acting on stage, but were too shy to audition? This is a chance to become familiar with the play before auditions this summer. This is NOT an audition, but a chance to hear the play read aloud. Everyone who wants to read will have the opportunity. If you don’t want to read, you may simply listen.

Play Café is open to everyone and is a great mix of beginners and experienced performers. All abilities are welcome to attend this casual and creative gathering.

We will enjoy some lovely wine from Vino Amore whilst we read. There is no charge to attend the reading, but there may be a voluntary contribution for the wine.


We are limited to 18 attendees, so people wishing to attend (or those who have questions) should register by emailing Phil Jordan at

Wednesday, January 14 / 6 to 8 pm / Free to attend, donations accepted

ABOUT Play Café:

The Play Café is sponsored by Whidbey Island Center for the Arts and provides a place for experienced, beginning and non-actors to gather and read a play together, without the pressure of performance. A director will be there to guide the play, so readers can also learn some performance techniques, while becoming acquainted with the ins and outs of play-reading.

Participants will have fun, but also learn how to read the text carefully in order to know the story line, the facts of what happens, the place of one’s character in relationship to moving the story along, the idea of what the play attempts to reveal, or how to approach the humor of a comedy piece. Learn how to listen to the language of the play, how to avoid the “dying fall” at the end of sentences and how to hear the “music” of the lines.

The best use of an actor’s intelligence is to learn to read carefully, analytically and critically and the Play Café is a good place to start. So if you’ve always wanted to try acting, the Play Café is for you!