Blending audience participation and liquid libations, Readings in Wineries is a unique event that unfolds before your (slightly blurry) eyes.

The play at the event  is a one-act comedy called Word Ball, written by York Region resident Alex Karolyi.

Roles are shared amongst professional actors and theatre enthusiasts alike. There are thirteen roles up for grabs.

It will take place at Willow Springs Winery, Apr. 23.

“Anyone can read a role, or just enjoy the drama unfold while sampling some of York Region’s finest wines,” Karolyi said.

Featuring 12 characters and one stage direction, the play is about a haphazard group of York Regionites meeting at a winery in Stouffville for their first improv class, led by an instructor. Through a handful of improv games, the group explores new and unusual ways of communicating and discovers who they really are and who they are not.

The first  Readings in Wineries was presented in 2013, said Karolyi.  “A majority of the readers were non-actors – just everyday community members. When you add wine, it makes the whole public speaking experience seem easier.”

Shadowpath, the producer of the event, is a registered charitable organization and has been turning everyday spaces into creative places since 2002. Readings in Wineries is the ‘sophisticated sister’ to their coffee shop series, Plays in Cafes.  Readings in Wineries introduces people to their artistic side, and invites everyone to partake in the creative process.

Visit shadowpaththeatre.ca for details.