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Playwrights Foundation-Resident Playwrights Initiative

THE REWRITE:


Edition

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

DON’t MISS OUR NEXT ROUGH READING


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



six/eleven

by
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!)

 

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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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Playwrights Foundation – PLAYWRIGHTS FOUNDATION ALUMNI TAKE THE EAST BAY!

Playwrights Foundation – PLAYWRIGHTS FOUNDATION ALUMNI TAKE THE EAST BAY!

PLAYWRIGHTS FOUNDATION ALUMNI TAKE THE EAST BAY!

“It’s a strong cast made stronger by Spector’s dialogue and director Christine Young’s staging, which effectively highlights the comical awkwardness of human interaction.” – KQED

Winner of Aurora Theater’s
Global Age Prize!

Just Theater Presents

JONATHAN SPECTOR’S
In From the Cold
Directed by Christine Young

Runs Through November 23!
Live Oak Theatre, Berkeley

Ladies Night at Chili’s, the hidden meaning of 80’s movies and the quandary of where the past ends and the present begins are all part of the mystery surrounding this aging Cold Warrior.

http://www.justtheater.org or 510-214-3780

Central Works Presents

MICHAEL GENE SULLIVAN’S
Recipe
Directed by Gary Graves

Runs Through November 23!
Central Works Theater, Berkeley

A new comedy about the Morning Glory Baking Circle for Revolutionary Self Defense

http://www.centralworks.org
or 510-558-1381

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

Playwrights Foundation – 1616-16th Street, Suite 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 Playwrights Foundation- Presents a reading of RECIPE by Michael Gene Sullivan

Michael Gene Sullivan Cooks it Up with the Our Next Rough Reading This Monday and Tuesday with Recipe

 

Michael Gene Sullivan, head writer for the SF Mime Troupe, is cooking up a new play, Recipe!

Please join us on Tuesday, March 9 at 7pm for a reading of Recipe by Michael Gene Sullivan, hosted by Central Works at Berkeley City Club. The reading is directed by Joy Carlin and performed by: Joan Mankin*, Phoebe Moyer*, Lorri Holt*, Wanda McCaddon* and Velina Brown*.                                     (*Members of Actors’ Equity)

After the reading, please stay for some refreshments and to meet the playwright.

You can also catch a reading on Monday, March 8 in Palo Alto at Stanford University at 7:30pm. For more details on this reading, visit our website at www.playwrightsfoundation.org.

About Recipe
So, what would you expect from the award-winning, word-spinning, social satirist Michael Sullivan, head writer for the SF Mime Troupe? A fine meal of skewered status quo – but of course! The Morning Glory Baking Circle for Revolutionary Self Defense find themselves in a delicate position. This intrepid group of 70-somethings are about to reveal the the winning anti-capitalist to be awarded their bake-sale super fund, but they grow deeply suspicious of the young reporter who arrives to do the interview. Is she a Government Agent sent to destroy them, or an unwitting participant in an evil conspiracy? A bold action plan is enacted – but can they pull it off?

Don’t Miss! Final 2 Rough Readings in the Spring 2010 Series

For more details on the all the plays in the Rough Readings series, visit the Rough Readings page of our website.

To RSVP for any of the readings, please send an email request to jill@playwrightsfoundation.org or call 415-626-2176. We hope you will join us!

Best Regards,

Amy Mueller
Artistic Director

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The Playwrights Foundation-the New Play Institute offers discounted playwriting classes

March 10, 2009

Recession Special: 30% off!
Use Code WRITEPLAYS through Mar. 31

Michael Gene Sullivan
Playwright as Juggler
Access your inner juggler and create side-splitting plays that don’t drop the ball. Michael is head writer of the SF Mime Troupe and author of 1984, an adaptation of George Orwell‘s novel (soon to be made into a film directed by Academy Award-winner Tim Robbins).
Read an interview with Michael here
$295 $205

Thomas Bradshaw
Provocative Playwriting
Learn concise, fat free playwriting from New York City’s most infamous provocateur. Thomas Bradshaw “has sliced open the pretensions of the white avant-garde with a wittily glistening axe,” says the New Yorker.
$195 $135

Lee Blessing
Afraid to Write That Play? Good.
Save $160 on Pulitzer Prize nominee Lee Blessing’s workshop on facing your fears and writing visceral plays.
$525 $365

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NEW! Adam Bock
Language As Action

In a play, to talk is more than to express. To talk is to act. Characters use language. To batter each other. To bully, to dare, to delight, to dishearten. How active is the language in your work? Can you suffocate, terrorize, or beguile with language? How does action impact language and vice-versa?

Obie Award-winning Adam Bock’s workshop will look at the many languages of the stage, from awkward silence to song. You’ll break language and build traps. And then, when you’re tired and it’s late in the day, you’ll talk about your careers – how to work, where to work, and who to work with.

May 2 – 4
$225
Get information and register here.

Read the New York Times review of Adam’s Thugs here.

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Coming Soon
Steve Cosson and Lisa Kron

Acclaimed playwrights Steve Cosson (artistic director of The Civilians in NYC) and Lisa Kron (author of Well at A.C.T. and on Broadway) will be teaching classes in the New Play Institute this spring. More information coming soon!

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Playwrights Foundation-New Play Readings and Playwriting Classes

In the Rough Reading Series
RSVP to Bay Area New Play Readings

       Playwrights Foundation is unveiling an exceptional group of playwrights and directors for our annual In the Rough Reading Series.   Working with exceptional writers on very raw new work is an exciting process of discovery;–for the writers, directors and actors–and it is a privilege for us to host these exceptional writers in San Francisco and offer them a temporary home where they can explore the work with an audience.   We invite you to join us on the journey of these plays towards production.   Treat yourself to a rare evening witnessing theater in the making!   The ROUGH series is a partnership with the National Center for New Plays @ Stanford University and The Lark New Play Development Center in New York.

       “I am astonished at the breadth and depth of the work on this year’s series, and am thrilled with the selection of directors to shepherd them to a concert reading”, says Artistic Director Amy Mueller.   ” I look forward to sharing the process with an audience, as each of these plays take shape for the first time.   This Sunday’s New York Times published articles about Sheila Callaghan’s new play That Pretty Pretty or The Rape Play, and Tracey Scott Wilson’s The Good Negro, both opening next week in New York.   Both of those plays got kick-started on the ROUGH series a few years ago.   The feedback both playwrights received was instrumental to the ultimate success they have accomplished.   Get in on it now!”

Full information is below

Michael Gene Sullivan and Thomas Bradshaw: Classes Coming Up!

 
Michael Gene Sullivan
The Playwright as Juggler
Mondays, Apr. 13 – May 18, $295
Register
here.

      Writing a play is a balancing act: too much or too little exposition, character development, or action can leave you flat on your back.   But each of these elements is essential to a great play.   How can we create intriguing characters while keeping the story on point?   How can we incorporate genuine comic moments that move the action forward instead of grinding to a halt?   Michael Gene Sullivan’s class will help students juggle these elements and create drama that’s focused, active and deeply compelling.   By the end of this class, each writer will have started a new play or approached a draft from a fresh perspective.

 
Thomas Bradshaw
Provocative Playwriting
April 11-12, 20-21, $195
Register
here.

      Provocative, funny, and concise: Tom’s bottom line for an exceptional play.   The class is designed to build on your expertise and teach you strategies to trim excess fat and finalize a sleek and to-the-point play that will pull audiences out of their seats.   This intensive workshop is structured so that students will complete a one-act play at the end of these sessions.

PF Recommends
The Playwrights’ Lab

The Cutting Ball Theater
presents
THOM PAIN (based on nothing)
by Will Eno
directed by Marissa Wolf
Runs Mar. 13 – Apr. 5
EXIT on Taylor, San Francisco
cuttingball.com
“Run don’t walk. Four stars. Plus an extra…Mr. Eno is a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation.”
The New York Times

presents
The Little Tramp
By Lynne Kaufman
Directed by Robert Kelley
Thursday, Mar. 19, 7:30 p.m.
142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley
More information  Make sure you RSVP: readings fill up fast!
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The Playwrights Foundation-The New Play Institute: New Play Boot Camp starting

February 17, 2009

Dominic Orlando
New Play Boot Camp Starts Next Week!
Almost Full: Enroll Now

Don’t miss the chance to sweat your way to a one-act in two weeks!

Feb. 28 – Mar. 12
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
6 – 9 p.m.

Learn more and register here.

“We’re not in med school, we’re artists, and where you happen to be in your process is almost as important as the work itself.” Read our full interview with Dominic here.

Past Students Say…

“Dominic was wonderful, grounded, assured. His feedback was very valuable, and I appreciated that he actually thought about what my play means to me, not just how it fits within the structure of Playwriting 101. I would rearrange my life if necessary to take his class.”
-Vicki, New Play Boot Camp 2008

“Dominic’s class was great: no beating around the bush, just get to it and write your play. This class really gave me the inspiration and guidelines I needed. Be ready to sweat for this one!”
-Leah, New Play Boot Camp 2008

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Thomas Bradshaw
Provocative Playwriting

Join New York City’s Thomas Bradshaw, dubbed Best Provocative Playwright by the Village Voice, for a hands-on playwriting workshop that will help you produce a new one-act or fully edit a work in progress. “Provocative, funny, and concise” is Mr. Bradshaw’s bottom line for an exceptional play. The class is designed to build on your expertise and teach you strategies to trim excess fat and finalize a sleek and to-the-point play that will pull audiences out of their seats. This intensive workshop is structured so that students will complete a one-act play at the end of these sessions.

Class Schedule:
Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 12, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Monday, April 20, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 21, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

$195

Learn more and register here.

About Thomas Bradshaw
According to the New York Times, playwright Thomas Bradshaws’ work is “likely to leave you speechless.” A professor of playwriting at Brooklyn College, Bradshaw has also been named one of the top ten playwrights to watch by Time Out New York and Best Provocative Playwright in 2007 by the Village Voice.

Thomas Bradshaw “has sliced open the pretensions of the white avant-garde with a wittily glistening axe,” says the New Yorker. Read the full article here.

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Dramaturgy Service

 

The aim of this service is to provide playwrights with in-depth feedback and analysis for their work. The program is divided into three phases:

Phase 1. The dramaturg will read your play and give you written feedback–generally one­ to two pages of notes–on the strengths and weaknesses of the work, questions and opportunities for rewrites.

Phase 2. Rewrite, as appropriate.

Phase 3. The dramaturg will read a new draft of the play and meet with you for one hour, in person or over the phone, to discuss the rewrites.

These steps will occur on a timeline mutually agreed upon by the playwright and dramaturg but must conclude within three months.

Cost: $200

To sign up, email sonia@playwrightsfoundation.org.

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Michael Gene Sullivan and Lee Blessing: Classes Enrolling Now

Take advantage of these rare opportunities to study with SF Mime Troupe head writer Michael Gene Sullivan and Pulitzer Prize nominee Lee Blessing.
Visit Michael Gene Sullivan‘s website.
Read a profile of Lee Blessing in the New York Times.

Learn more and register here.

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Coming Soon
Adam Bock, Steve Cosson, and Lisa Kron

 

Acclaimed playwrights Adam Bock (Obie Award-winning author of The Thugs), Steve Cosson (artistic director of The Civilians in NYC) and Lisa Kron (author of Well at A.C.T. and on Broadway) will be teaching classes in the New Play Institute this spring. More information coming soon!

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Playwrights Foundation-New Play Institute Playwriting Classes

January 20, 2009

Anne Galjour
Unleash Your Voice
20% Discount Now Available

Have you ever started writing an exciting play, only to be bogged down by your inner critic? Have you stared at the page, agonizing over a single phrase for hours? Have you rewritten and deleted until your original idea is nowhere to be found? Every writer knows the feeling. This class, with award-winning playwright and performer Anne Galjour, will employ physical and vocal exercises and well as writing work to help you turn off your brain, stop second-guessing yourself and allow your play to emerge freely and honestly.

A 20% discount is available now through January 25. Use discount code FREEVOICE.

Feb. 4 – Apr. 8
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Click here for more information and to register.

Read an interview with Anne on PF’s blog.

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Dominic Orlando
New Play Boot Camp

Limited space is still available in Dominic Orlando’s New Play Boot Camp, an intensive two-week workshop designed to sweat your playwriting muscles and flex your imagination. By the end of this six-session workout, you’ll finish a forty-page one-act play or die trying. This class will give new and experienced playwrights a workout they’ll be feeling for years!

Feb. 28 – Mar. 12
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 6 – 9 p.m.

Click here for more information and to register.

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Michael Gene Sullivan
Juggling Words: Doing Three Things at Once

Don’t miss out on this class with the head writer of the SF Mime Troupe! Imagine watching a play filed with half-hearted action, phony character development and boring exposition, and realizing the play is yours. I hate that! This class will teach you what I learned the hard way: to juggle three things at once—plot, character and action—with grace and style. By the end of the class, each writer will have the tools to complete a new script or approach a draft from a fresh angle.

Apr. 12 – May 17
Sundays, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Click here for more information and to register.

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Lee Blessing
Afraid To Write that Play? Good.

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to study with Pulitzer Prize nominee Lee Blessing. This four-day intensive will examine the usefulness of identifying our own worst fears and using them to create a play. On the principle that truly ambitious works in any genre result from penetrating the most fiercely-guarded areas of a writer’s psyche, we will seek to gain mastery over what terrifies us and convert it into drama. Each writer will be asked to generate a short piece based on these explorations, to be read and responded to in class.

May 21 – 24
Thursday, 6 – 9 p.m.
Friday, 6 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Click here for more information and to register.

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Coming Soon
Thomas Bradshaw and Lisa Kron

Acclaimed playwrights Thomas Bradshaw and Lisa Kron will be teaching classes in the New Play Institute this spring. More information coming soon!

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NEW! One-on-One Dramaturgy
Available Starting Feb. 1

PF’s New Play Institute is now offering one-on-one dramaturgical sessions. Get valuable feedback, tailored to your play’s specific needs, to help you reach the next stage in your process. To sign up, email Sonia Fernández at sonia@playwrightsfoundation.org

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