I had the opportunity to participate in another table read this past weekend. I am amazed how much there is to learn from hearing a script read aloud, even when it’s someone else’s script. Seeing how the characters come to life (or don’t), hearing whether the dialogue rings true, watching the reactions from others in the room to what’s on the page. Fascinating.
So I read dialogue for one of the characters, and afterwards I felt like I knew that character so well. Changes that needed to be made specific to the character became obvious to me. I can only imagine what a real actor would have to offer after a reading. I realized that post-table read, a good question for writers to ask their readers would be how they felt about a particular character’s development & dialogue as well as the intensity of the scenes related to them.