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AUSTIN ONE MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL

ompf-logoThe One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) & ScriptWorks, In Collaboration with Salvage Vanguard Theatre Present:

The Austin One-Minute Play Festival

Thursday – Saturday , Aug. 28- 30th 8PM

Salvage Vanguard Theatre

2803 Manor Rd. Austin, TX 78722

Tickets are $20 and available here

One-minute plays by 40 active Austin playwrights were commissioned for this special annual event, and developed with #1MPF’s playmaking process.

Featuring Brand New One-Minute Plays by:

Katie Bender, Allison Orr Block, Paul Bonin-Rodriguez, James Burnside, Monika Bustamante, Bastion Carboni, Katherine Catmull, Elizabeth Cobbe, Martha Lynn Coon, Adrienne Dawes, Trey Deason, Elizabeth Doss, Amparo Garcia-Crow, Raul Garza, Kirk German, Aimée Gonzalez, Meg Haley, Reina Hardy, Joanna Horowitz, Brian Kettler, Abe Koogler, Rhonda Kulhanek, Max Langert, Kirk Lynn, P. Paullette MacDougal, Marshall Ryan Maresca, Jennifer Margulies, Tegan McLeod, Briandaniel Oglesby, Jason Rainey, Candyce Rusk, Sarah Saltwick, Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, Hank Schwemmer, Diana Lynn Small, C. Denby Swanson, Lisa B. Thompson, Cyndi Williams, and Anne Maria Wynter.

(Bold denotes ScriptWorks members)

Directed by Derek Kolluri, Jenny Lavery, Ellie McBride, Christina J. Moore, Linda Nenno, Will Hollis Snider, Ken Webster, and Lily Wolff.

Curated By #1MPF Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D’Andrea

The One-­Minute Play Festival (#1MPF)

America’s largest and longest running short form theatre company in the country, founded by Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D’Andrea.#1MPF is barometer project, which investigates the zeitgeist of different communities through dialogue and consensus building sessions and a performance of many moments. #1MPF works in partnership with theatres sharing playwright orcommunity-specific missions across the country. #1MPF creates locally sourced playwright-focused community events, withthe goal of promoting the spirit of radical inclusion by representing local cultures of playwrights of different age, gender, race, cultures, and points of career. The work attempts to reflect the theatrical landscape of local artistic communities by creating a dialogue between the collective conscious and the individual voice.

In each city, #1MPF works with partnering organizations to identify programs or initiatives in each community to support with the proceeds from the work. The goal is to find ways give directly back to the artists in each community. Supported programs have ranged from educational programming, youth poetry projects, teaching artists working in prisons, playwright residencies and memberships, and community arts workshops.

In Austin, the program will support the programming of ScriptWorks, a playwright development and service organization operating in Central Texas since 1997.

Annual partnerships have been created with theaters in close to 20 cities including: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Trenton, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Boston, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Seattle, Dallas, Austin, Indianapolis, Anchorage, and more, with partnering institutions like Primary Stages, Victory Gardens Theatre, Cornerstone Theatre Company, The Playwrights Foundation, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Actor’s Express, InterAct Theatre, Mixed Blood, Passage Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Kitchen Dog, Salvage Vanguard, ScriptWorks, ACT, Perseverance Theatre, and others.

Notable #1MPF contributors have included: David Henry Hwang, Neil LaBute, Tina Howe, Donald Margulies, Nilaja Sun, Lydia Diamond, Phillip Kan Gotanda, Kristoffer Diaz, Rajiv Joseph, Sam Hunter, Karen Hartman, José Rivera, Craig Lucas, Mike Daisey, Greg Kotis, Michael John Garcés, & close to 600 famous, emerging, and mid-career playwrights. For more information visit: www.oneminuteplayfestival.com

 

 

 

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OUT OF INK 2014: THE EMPTY SET

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ScriptWork’s 16th Annual Ten Minute Play Showcase
Trinity Street Theater, 901 Trinity St., 4th Floor
June 12-14 and 19-21, 2014 at 8 PM
Tickets:  $15 general admission, $12 students/seniors/SW
June 12th is a Pay-What-You-Wish preview

Info: info@scriptworks.org; Tickets here

 

What do you get when you add three arbitrary ingredients to a gaggle of playwrights, multiply by 48 hours and divide by 10? Without fail, you’ll get ScriptWorks Weekend Fling, where member writers have 48 hours to write a ten-minute play using three contributed ingredients. When you take the product and add in a selection panel of three artists, you solve for the eight plays that are produced in OUT OF INK. Don’t make the error of missing it!

This year the showcase occupies the Trinity Street Theater with eight plays inspired by the following ingredients:

1) A pair of mismatched failures

2) Peering into the void

3) Mathematical errors

At the end of the Weekend Fling, the plays were read in a ScriptWorks Salon at the State Theatre.  A selection committee picked eight of the plays for production in Out of Ink. The selection committee included directors Linda Nenno and Peck Phillips and non-applying member Candyce Rusk.

THE EMPTY SET scripts were written by:

Lowell Bartholomee, Allison Orr Block, Carolyn Kennedy, Max Langert, Jason Rainey, Nettie Reynolds, Sheila Lynch Rinear and Cindy Vining.  The plays will be performed by an ensemble of actors including  Suzanne Balling, Roxy Becker, Amy Chang, David DuBose, Rachel Hoovler, Joshua Klein, Max Langert, Ellie McBride, Christi Moore, Garry Peters and Gricelda Silva They’ll be directed by Carolyn Kennedy,  Max Langert, Ellie McBride, Christina J. Moore, Linda Nenno, and Sharon Sparlin. Dramaturgy is provided by Teresa Stankiewicz and designers for the project are Pam Friday, Natalie George, Julia Phipps and Josean Rodriguez with assistance from Eliot Haynes.

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COMING JUNE 1st!

30/60/90: A daily writing practice

Inspired by Suzan-Lori Parks’ 365 Days/365 Plays project, ScriptWorks invites you to join with us this summer in the daily practice of writing.

In 2002, Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright decided to write a play a day for a year. The resulting play cycle, called 365 Days/365 Plays, is a daily meditation on artistic life, and a radical reinterpretation of what it means to be creative — for more information on 365, please go to www.365days365plays.com.

ScriptWorks is offering our own opportunity to practice daily creativity through 30/60/90. Click on the Programs tab above to learn more and sign up.

 

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DRAMATIS PERSONAE WORKSHOP WITH CARIDAD SVICH

POSTPONED UNTIL MAY 23RD!  DREAMING A PLAY: Fast First Draft with Caridad Svich

May 23 – June 20
Online
$125 ScriptWorks members/ $175 General

INFO/RESERVATIONS:
info@scriptworks.org

We’ve received more positive feedback about this workshop than any other that we’ve presented. Enrollment is limited so claim your spot early!

Nationally recognized playwright Caridad Svich, of Salvage Vanguard Theatre’s Fugitive Pieces, Thrush, and Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (a rave fable), guides you through a group and individual writing process to write a fast first draft of a new play in five weeks.

Open yourself to diving into character work and structuring new writing, reading different models and applying them to thinking about live performance using methodology geared toward creative visualization, dreaming and re-mapping dramaturgical strategies for the stage.

Caridad SvichCARIDAD SVICH is a highly-awarded US Latina playwright, translator, songwriter, lyricist and editor. Svich was awarded the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her play The House of the Spirits, based on the novel by Isabel Allende. Her theatre pieces and songs, written in English and Spanish, have been presented across the US and abroad at diverse venues including Denver Center Theatre, Teatro Mexico (Quito, Ecuador), and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival/UK.  She is alumna playwright of New Dramatists, founder of NoPassport theater alliance & press, associate editor of Routledge/UK’s Contemporary Theatre Review, contributing editor of TheatreForum, and Drama Editor for Asymptote international translation magazine. Svich is astutely entered in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Latino History. She received the 2012 OBIE for Lifetime Achievement, and was co-recipient of the 2013 National Latino Playwriting Award.

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DRAMATIS PERSONAE PLAYWRITING WORKSHOP

WRITE ON: A PLAYWRITING WORKSHOP with Larry Herold and Kevin Kautzman

Saturday, May 10th, 1 – 4pm
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St.
$15 ScriptWorks & Students/$25 General
Info/reservations: info@scriptworks.org

Whether you’re new to writing for performance or an old hand looking to shake things up, here’s an opportunity to get in the room with other writers in an intensive and interactive workshop led by award-winning playwrights Larry Herold and Kevin Kautzman. Playwrights should come prepared to write, discuss, and think about topics in playwriting and theatre.

(NOTE: Larry has requested that participants be familiar with Mamet’s GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS.
The movie streams on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.
The play script is here: http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/glengarry.html
If all else fails, there’s a series of YouTube scenes here: http://www.youtube.com/user/movieclips/search?query=glengarry+glen+ross 

As you probably know, Alec Baldwin’s big scene in the movie is not in the play. Here’s a cool story about that: http://www.avclub.com/article/why-iglengarry-glen-rossi-alec-baldwin-scene-is-so-82782 )

ABOUT LARRY HEROLD Larry Herold is a playwright from Texas. He studied journalism at Baylor University and fiction writing at Texas State University with the great Tim O’Brien. His plays have been produced in London (PREACHEROSITY at the Jermyn Street Theatre) and Fort Worth (THE SPORTS PAGE at Stage West) and workshopped at the O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference, the Kennedy Center Summer Intensive and the Oak Room in New York’s Algonquin Hotel. Honors include being named a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and winning the Texas Playwriting Competition. Why playwriting? Because Tom Stoppard’s ARCADIA knocked him out. He’s pretty sure there’s never been a great sports play and he’s trying to rectify that. After several years in New York City, he’s just this minute moved to Austin. He looks forward to subsisting on barbecue, baseball and the local theater and screenwriting scene. More at larryherold.com.

ABOUT KEVIN KAUTZMAN Kevin Kautzman is a playwright originally from North Dakota. An alumnus of the University of Minnesota, where he studied history and philosophy, he holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. He began studying playwriting in London at the Royal Court Theatre and became a core writer out of the Young Writers Program. He has received commissions from History Theatre and Red Eye, and his work has been performed around the US and UK. Honors include the Jerome and Michener fellowships, the Tennessee Williams and Kenyon Institute scholarships, and the Kernodle New Play, International Student Playscript, and Repertory Theatre Iowa’s Alpha Project awards. He is represented by Max Grossman at Abrams and lives in New York, where he is a member of Page 73’s 2014 writers group and a partner at web development agency e9digital. His play DREAM OF PERFECT SLEEP will receive its world premiere at London’s Finborough Theatre this June. More at kevinkautzman.com.

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MAY 2014 SALON

THE HEALTH NUT by Jason Carr

Sunday, May 18 at 6:30pm
State Theatre, 719 Congress Ave.

When the health nut Cody leaves Austin for the holiday season to go visit his family in rural Mississippi, cultures clash as he tries to put his newfound learning on their set traditional ways.  Can Cody convince them to adopt a healthier lifestyle before they all die, or will they run him out of town first?

Jason Carr grew up in a small town in Northeast Mississippi.  He has been a member of ScriptWorks since 2011.  He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and tutors students part time.  He writes in almost every form from nonfiction essays, to fiction, to playwriting.

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FINER POINT BENEFIT PERFORMANCE

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Directed by Lara Toner
Austin Playhouse, 6001 Airport Blvd., 78752
April 4 – May 4, Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Sundays at 5pm

Benefit for ScriptWorks Thursday, May 1st at 8pm

When the ghosts of their past are unleashed, the residents of an exclusive retirement community must come to terms with lost love, triumphs, fears, and the choices that haunt and connect us all. This moving new play by award-winning local playwright and ScriptWorks Co-Founding Member Cyndi Williams, reminds us that the most important moments of our lives are often the ones that defy explanation.

ROARING is presented with the assistance of the ScriptWorks Finer Point Fund for New Play Production and the May 1st performance will be a benefit for ScriptWorks to replenish the fund.  Come out and support your fellow member and ScriptWorks at the same time! Tickets are available at http://austinplayhouse.ticketleap.com/roaring/ and there will be a limited number of “pick your price” tickets available at the door.

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APRIL 2014 SALON

Two short plays by Thomas LeVrier
Sunday, April 27 at 6:30pm
The Off Center, 2211 Hidalgo St.

We’ll be reading two unrelated shorts in this month’s Salon. In VAMPIRE BATS, a college lecture on bats goes haywire as one student takes it to heart. In FRANKENSTEIN AND THE POLIO GIRL, a visiting preacher is coming to make the polio girl drop her brace and walk but her brother knows their drunken father will screw it up somehow.

Tommy LeVrier’s plays have been produced in Los Angeles, Austin, Houston, San Marcos, and Seattle. At Least He Didn’t Die With Antlers On His Head! was produced at the Roy Ayers Theatre in Manhattan in March. Playwrights Edward Albee and Lanford Wilson at Stages Rep in Houston produced two of his plays Rapture Among the Oysters and Jesus and Phoebe. LeVrier was voted a finalist in the Nichol Foundation Academy Screenwriter Award, the same panel that judges the Oscars, for his screenplay Running High and Looking Good.Other awards include the Lone Star Award for Journalism. He is currently getting roles as an actor in Austin including the Dusk Til Dawn TV series.

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DRAMATIS PERSONAE EVENT: A CONVERSATION WITH TODD LONDON

TLondon-photo-237x300Saturday, April 12th 2-4pm
Salvage Vanguard, 2803 Manor Rd.

Free and open to all!

As the Artistic Director of New Dramatists and the author of several books on the national theatre scene and the world of playwriting, Todd London has his finger on the pulse of the theatre field like few other individuals. ScriptWorks is honored to offer the opportunity of conversation with Todd to our members and the larger community. Where do new plays fit in the theatrical landscape nationally? What is meant by the term “development”? Are plays being “developed to death”? What, if anything, has changed since the 2010 publication of Outrageous Fortune:The Life and Time of the New American Play, the book London authored (with Ben Pesner)? Participants are invited to bring their own questions and join in the conversation.

TODD LONDON is in his 18th season as artistic director of New Dramatists, the nation’s oldest center for the support and development of playwrights. Last year saw the publication of his two newest books, An Ideal Theater, an anthology of founding visions for American theatres (Theatre Communications Group), and a collection of Todd’s theatre essays, The Importance of Staying Earnest (NoPassport Press). He is also the author (with Ben Pesner) of Outrageous Fortune: The Life and Times of the New American Play (Theatre Development Fund), The Artistic Home, and The World’s Room, a novel (Steerforth Press), among others. “A Lover’s Guide to American Playwrights,” his tributes to contemporary playwrights, appears on howlround.com. In 2009 Todd became the first recipient of Theatre Communications Group’s (TCG) Visionary Leadership Award. A former managing editor of American Theatre, he has won the prestigious George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for his essays in that magazine and a Milestone Award for his novel. Under his leadership, New Dramatists received a special Tony® Honor and the Obie’s Ross Wetzsteon Award. Todd currently serves on the faculty of Yale School of Drama. In summer 2014, he will assume the post of executive director/professor of drama at University of Washington in Seattle.  He is married to the playwright Karen Hartman, and has two sons, Guthrie and Grisha.

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MARCH 2014 SALON

THE SWEET POTATO LEGACY by Trey Deason
Sunday, March 30 at 6:30pm
State Theatre, 719 Congress Ave.

In Milledgeville, Georgia, two sisters reunite at the deathbed of their alcoholic and mentally diseased mother on Thanksgiving. Grace, a wife and mother is determined to cook the perfect dinner. Whereas Joy, long estranged from the family, begins a plot to kill their degenerate step-father, who stands to inherited their childhood home.

Trey Deason graduated from Southwestern University with a BFA in Theatre. Three of his plays have been performed for ScriptWorks Out of Ink Ten Minute Play Showcase (TAMMY SUE’S GRAND FINALE, THE MANY SUICIDES OF MOLLY McVEIGH, and AND NOW A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR.) He has received two B. Iden Payne nominations for Outstanding Original Script: BROWNIES (as part of Vestige Group’s Muses: Memories of a House III) and CARDIGAN, which was produced in the FronteraFest Long Fringe. LIFE, AND OTHER TERMINAL MALADIES,  a collection of short plays, was also produced as part of Long Fringe.

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