Actors' Table Serves Up New Kind of Theater

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Actors' Table Serves Up New Kind of Theater


Byline: Bob Keefer The Register-Guard

A new Eugene theater group that plans to offer informal readings open to the public holds its inaugural performance Saturday night.

Actors' Table is the brainchild of actor Judith McKenzie, whose late sister Jean Marie Kinney ran a similar performing group that met at a tavern in Seattle.

The Actors' Table of Seattle got its start when a bunch of actors who got together for drinks after performances and rehearsals began doing impromptu readings on a stage at their favorite tavern.

"They had a regular table, and the owner started calling it the 'actors' table,' " McKenzie says.

Kinney died unexpectedly in 1998, and it was only after her sister's death that McKenzie began to get involved in theater herself.

"I liked the idea of starting an actors' table because it was such a wonderful thing she did, not only for actors in Seattle but for the Seattle theater community," Mc Kenzie said.

McKenzie posted a note on Facebook asking whether theater friends might like to take part.

"I was thinking that three or four people would say 'yes' and I would have to go bug people," she says. "Before I knew it I had more actors than I could handle."

This weekend's Actors' Table, which will be performed at Tsunami Books, will feature more than a dozen local actresses performing a variety of material on the theme "Seasons of a Woman's Life.

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