Playwrights Foundation-Resident Playwrights Initiative



January 20, 2017

Why are these writers smiling?  Because they’re Playwrights Foundation RESIDENT PLAYWRIGHTS!

Meet the current cohort (clockwise from left): Michael Gene Sullivan; Jon Bernson; Victoria Chong Der; Min Kahng; E.Hunter Spreen; Lisa Ramirez; Patricia Cotter; Jonathan Spector; Dipika Guha and the newest RP, Noelle Viñas (both not pictured).

Our Resident Playwrights Initiative is a four-year professional development program that provides an artistic home and launches careers.

We’re excited to share some of their new projects – Click HERE to see a small sampling of what they’ve been up to this winter.  Celebrate creativity and the value of art – get out and see one of these fine productions!

Jon Bernson      Victoria Chong Der    Patricia Cotter

Dipika Guha     Min Kahng          Lisa Ramirez

Jonathan Spector     E. Hunter Spreen    
                           Noelle Viñas   Michael Gene Sullivan


by Jon Bernson

“One moment. The present. You are in the present moment.”
Journey with us to learn the Way of the Moonwalk.

directed by Jon Tracy

Mon 1/23  7:30PM
Roble Hall, Stanford
Tues 1/24  2PM
Custom Made Theatre

Always Pay What You CanReserve a seat HERE

This weekend in SF


E. Hunter Spreen   (Resident Playwright)
An environmental morality play.

Fri 1/20 & Sat, 1/21 at7:30PM,University High School Theater, SF

Tickets HERE

FOR TODAY: Great advice from Resident Playwright Min Kahng

Artmakers and storytellers – write books, draw comics, paint paintings, do stand-up, code video games, make movies, become a YouTube sensation, craft poetry, animate short-films, make documentaries, design fashion, sing original songs, choreograph a number, create theatre!

Make us laugh. Help us grieve, heal, and breathe.

Challenge our notions. Engage us in social dialogue.

Teach us to be kind and empathetic. Remind us who we are.

Show us who we can be.

Let’s keep inundating our culture with our varying narratives and perspectives. We’re playing a cultural long-game here – centuries in the making. We can be influencing tomorrow’s voters in profound ways today. There are short-term horrors to be concerned and grappled with to be sure, but never doubt the power of your craft to shape the country in the long-run.

(Oh, and do drag! Lots and lots of drag!)


Playwrights Foundation uses Vendini for ticketing, marketing, and box office management.

Playwrights Foundation – 1616 16th st, Ste 350, San Francisco, CA, 94103, (415) 626-2176
Vendini, Inc. – 660 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104, 1 (800) 901-7173

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KVOA Tucson News-Local artist, veteran pressured to take down ‘Trump’ artwork

KVOA Tucson News-Local artist, veteran pressured to take down ‘Trump’ artwork

KVOA Tucson News-Local artist, veteran pressured to take down ‘Trump’ artwork

TUCSON –One local artist and Army veteran is upset after he was allegedly pressured to take down his artwork because it bears the name of President-elect Donald Trump.

Neil Bernstein presented a collection at Espresso Art Café Friday evening. The artwork, which featured backwards American flags with ‘Trump’ emblazoned on them, was all done by disabled veterans.

“We made the flags, myself and another veteran, as a metaphor for the distress that all of us are experiencing right now on all sides,” Bernstein said.

Bernstein hoped the art would start a conversation on how divided the country is. But things took a turn for the worse after the flags were displayed in the café.

“People began protesting to the owner, demanding the ‘Trump’ name be covered up or the works would be torn down,” he said.

Bernstein said he has received numerous messages from the business owner demanding he take the pieces down, despite the fact that the exhibition isn’t supposed to be over.

He’s upset, but said he’ll take them down and display them somewhere else.

“The issuance of an order, a demand to either remove President Trump’s name, or to take the works down, or have them destroyed, is unacceptable,” he said.

News 4 Tucson reached out to the owner of the café. He said he had no comment on the matter.

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Playwright Foundation- Rough Readings Presents Jons Bernson’s THIRD EYE MOONWALK

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The Writer Studio-Cash and Awards for Dyslexic Students & College Scholarships— $40,000 will be awarded in 2017 & Writing Classes

Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so. — Doris Lessing
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Update For Potential Students and Others Interested In Our School
Cash and Awards for Dyslexic StudentsYoung writers age 7-17 Creative Writing Awards. Deadline is January 21, 2017. Cash Prizes:


Also, College Scholarships— $40,000 will be awarded in 2017:

A Good Week to Join Us For A Reading in NYCSunday, January 22, 2017, 7 p.m.

Writers Studio Level III and IV Students

Readings by Maria Galeano, Hani Omar Khalil, Corey Sabourin and Emily Stutz

KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street, New York

Free (1 drink minimum)

Complete calendar of readings here.

Last Call For Winter Classes
Click any underlined text for more info and to register or call us 212-255-7075 <you many enter a class up to two weeks late>

Online I starts
January 14
January 17

NYC I in the West Village starts
January 18
January 23 

NYC I in Brooklyn starts
January 19 

Hudson Valley Workshop starts
January 17

Tucson Workshop starts
January 17

Amsterdam Workshop Started
January 9 < you may enter up to 2 weeks late>

Calling All Poets

If you have an MFA in Poetry or have taken four or more post graduate poetry classes, take one of these classes:

NYC Advanced Poetry in the West Village Started
January 9
You may enter either class up to 2 weeks late.  Use discount code onlinepo for $30 discount

Tutorials Start Whenever

More info is here.
Not Afraid

“The emphasis on the persona narrator keeps me focused on the emotion and not disconnected. Also I have learned to take risks and not be afraid to embarrass myself.” — Catherine Wolf, Online Advanced Poetry student

Read more student feedback here.

Forward to Someone
Inspiration, Opportunities
Events, Offers
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. — Martin Luther King, Jr.
NYC – Tucson – San Francisco – Amsterdam   Online – Kids Write – Hudson.

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The National Writers Union- Hosts Linda Valdez and Open Mic Jan 16, 2017

The National Writers Union- Hosts Linda Valdez and Open Mic Jan 16, 2017

The National Writers Union will be hosting a reading and open mic on Monday, January 16, starting at 6:00 p.m. at Bookmans on Grant in Tucson. This month Linda Valdez will be the featured reader. She will be reading from her recently published work, Crossing the Line: A Marriage Across Borders (Texas Christian University Press), a personal story about her falling in love with a Mexican man who crossed the border illegally to be with her. Their 27-year marriage “has been a journey of discovery as the daughter of middle-class America and the son of rural Mexico built a life together that honors both cultures. At a time when political rhetoric aims to dehumanize immigrants, this book offers a story of shared humanity.” Linda is a member of the editorial board at The Arizona Republic/ and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 2003. Her commentary opposing Arizona’s hard-liner immigration laws earned her the Scripps Howard Walker Stone Award for editorial writing in 2010.

This will be followed by an open mic that is for spoken word only, but is open to all forms of spoken word (fiction, essays, poetry, articles, polemics, etc.). So bring something to read!

The event will be held in the community room of Bookmans Entertainment Exchange at Grant and Campbell in Tucson (1930 E. Grant Rd.), which is in the back of the store behind the children’s literature section. There is ample free parking.

National Writers Union
(UAW Local 1981/AFL-CIO)
Tucson Unit
National Writers Union – Tucson Chapter | Facebook

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On January 19th, 2017 at 5:30PM in each time zone across the country, inspired by the tradition of leaving a “ghost light” on in a darkened theater, artists and communities – and all of us at PF – will gather outside theaters to creae a “light ” for dark times ahead, and to make or renew a pladge to stand and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone,regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Please join us!

In San Francisco, we’ll gather outside A.C.T.’s Geary Theater at 5:15pm for a 5:30pm start on the eve of the Presidential Inauguration.


January 19th is a moment of gathering within a larger resistance to intolerance at all levels. We aim to create brave spaces that will serve as lights in the coming years. We aim to activate a network of people across the country working to support vulnerable communities. 

Tell us who you are and what you fight for!


Share your sign on social media using
oject #allarewelcome and #bealight

Ana here’s the Facebook event to share:


Playwrights Foundation uses Vendini for ticketing, marketing, and box office management.

Playwrights Foundation – 1616 16th st, Ste 350, San Francisco, CA, 94103, (415) 626-2176
Vendini, Inc. – 660 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104, 1 (800) 901-7173


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The Society of Southwestern Authors-January 15, 3017 Writing Forum Hosts Mary Ann Carman

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