The Valley Readers Theatre Group brings storytelling and radio theatre to its audiences. They use Readers Theatre as theatre of imagination where you can listen and enjoy legend, lore, and facts from another era. The group performs twenty-seven stories adapted and directed by Marilyn Warsofsky. She has a B.F.A. and and M.F.A. in Theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University and has spent 35 years as an actress, director, coach, and playwright. Marilyn also teaches workshops in Readers Theatre for local and statewide organizations.
Many of the ten to twelve performers in the company worked in theatre until they retired in Arizona. All of them are ‘of a certain age’ and more than half have been with the group for twelve years.
Each Readers Theatre script runs 12 to 15 minutes so the group can perform a show of any length in any space simply using chairs and music stands. Actors play both narrators and characters while adding sound effects.
For twelve years, the company has performed in many locations including community centers, social clubs, and at elementary schools, churches, historical societies, low vision groups, and a community college that sponsors a class each semester.