Hi, Michael. As a playwright, I've directed a lot of staged readings during the process of developing my own work. I also teach Playwriting at Wilkes University in your city. It's a low-res program and we have a 10-day Residency twice a year. The faculty for each genre has one night that they present as writers. Wednesday night is Playwright's Night and we've always done staged readings. Since we don't have much rehearsal time (about 6 hours), we stick to the simplest process--script in hand, usually music stands. Actors sit back from the music stands and rise and "enter" a scene when they're in it and sit when they aren't. Still, we do a minimum where we can with a suggestion of costumes. Props, of course, are very limited but sometimes we can manage the simulation.Stage directions can be read by a narrator but they are always kept to a minimum. If actors rise and sit, you don't need to say they entered and the actors can mime most of the rest. Just never read things like actor's cues.We've done a couple of monodramas--one-person shows--where the actors had more flexibility. They still used scripts, but they could block movement and use more in the way of scenery, costume and props.For the scripts, actors seem to prefer the letter-size manuscript, single-sided, so that they can write notes, which would mean you'd probably want to purchase the downloadable version of the play you choose to do.I'm doing a reading this January of a period piece that has 7 characters. Fortunately, it has had a staged reading at a professional theater just recently for a Festival, so I'm going to be able to suggest scene changes of 18th C. locations like Vauxhall Gardens through projections. (The theater fortunately kept the slides and music cues and is allowing me to use them.) Otherwise, I would have used light changes, etc.You, however, have much more rehearsal time, so you can be a bit more elaborate and approximate a full production. I've had staged readings at a variety of theaters and several have been extremely close to fully produced.Congrats for considering this. I've long thought that staged readings were a great way to present a variety of plays and give students more exposure to a wider variety of stage literature. It's amazing how quickly the audience stops seeing the scripts in hand.This is a great subject. I'll be coming to Wilkes-Barre during the first full week of January for our Residency. I'd be glad to set aside some time to talk to you more about this process. And feel free to come to any of our readings at the Dart Center--especially playwrights night and chat with us afterwards.