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ScriptWorks is both a playwright-driven service organization and a theatrical producing company. We exist to support dramatic writers by providing opportunities at all stages in the writing process — from inception through production. ScriptWorks supports the whole writer, not just an isolated project, and dedicates itself to career advancement as well as artistic growth. read more ...read more ...

DECEMBER 2014 SALON

TWO FOR FRONTERAFEST
Sunday, December 14 at 6:30pm
State Theatre, 719 Congress Ave.

GO HOME, MISTER CHAPLIN by James Burnside

A woman searches for the body of her brother in the basement of a funeral home in Odessa, Texas.  (Idea prompted by a story on KUT.)

James Burnside is a playwright, foster parent, and curmudgeon.

ONE NIGHT IN PARADISE by George Obermiller

A dark comedy about life, death, and the limits of friendship.

George Obermiller is a playwright and screenwriter from Austin, TX.

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OCTOBER 2014 SALON

EL by Raul Garza
Sunday, October 26th at 6:30pm
The Off Shoot, 2211-A Hidalgo St. (east side of the Off Center)

EL is a play about stories. It’s  about the dynamic of storytelling, and the power of inventing our own realities. The narrative chronicles an Mexican family’s journey from reality to historia, as they unravel and “re-ravel” their conflicting recollections. As the family’s shared past is revealed, characters explore the value, process, and costs of telling their stories.

Raul Garza is an Austin-based playwright who has drawn acclaim for telling stories that resound with authenticity and sense of place. His full-length play FANTASMAVILLE garnered the National Latino Playwriting Award and earned a B. Iden Payne Award nomination for Outstanding Original Script.

Raul’s full length plays include FANTASMAVILLE, DOS POCITOS, CURA, CONFESSIONS OF A MEXPATRIATE, and EL. His short story In the Room won the 2014 Austin Chronicle  Short Story Contest, and LeBaron was recently cited for Honorable Mention by the 2014 Texas Observer Short Story Contest. When not writing, Raul teaches yoga, devours pop culture, and serves as co-founder and creative director of TKO Advertising.

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SEPTEMBER 2014 SALON

DEATH AMONG HEROES by Anne Lisa Konigsmark
Sunday, September 28th at 6:30pm
State Theatre, 719 Congress Ave.

DEATH AMONG HEROES is a play about a homeless man who, when he finally finds a reason to live, he finally finds a reason to die.

Having finally hung up her Destiny Wanderer Cap, Anne Lisa Konigsmark is now applying her time to see what will turn up on her computer if she sits at it for four hours a day, five days a week. Wish her luck and know that she is always open to some good critiquing.

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DRAMATIS PERSONAE WORKSHOP: FRONTERAFEST 101

 

FRONTERAFEST 101
A primer in self-producing for the fringe
A workshop taught by Christina J. Moore

Tuesday, September 9, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Hyde Park Theatre
511 W. 43rd St.

COST:
$5 SW members; $10 general

INFO/RESERVATIONS:
512.454.9727; info@scriptworks.org

or preregister here

The FronteraFest 101 workshop, led by ScriptWorks Executive Artistic Director and FronteraFest Producer Christina J. Moore, will guide participants through the process of preparing a piece for FronteraFest. From resources for finding actors, directors, and rehearsal space to the ins and outs of the technical rehearsal, we’ll cover it all.

CHRISTINA J. MOORE is a director and producer whose work has been seen at The State Theatre, Zach Scott, Mary Moody Northen Theater, Vortex Repertory Company, Capitol City Playhouse, Frontera@Hyde Park Theatre, Different Stages, and ScriptWorks (formerly Austin Script Works), which she helped found in 1997. FronteraFest 2015 will mark her fourteenth year as producer of the festival under the joint enterprise of Hyde Park Theatre and ScriptWorks.

FRONTERAFEST applications are now available for download from the Hyde Park Theatre website, www.hydeparktheatre.org. The application deadline is November 3rd with significant discounts for applying by October 1st.

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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 a 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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16TH ANNUAL MEET & GREET

On Sunday, August 24th from 5:00-7:00pm, ScriptWorks members and their families, as well as area playwrights, actors, directors, designers, technicians, and those interested in finding out more about ScriptWorks are invited to the 16th Annual Meet & Greet:

Where: Butterfly Bar at the Vortex
2307 Manor Rd., Austin, TX 78722

Free and open to all!

This is ScriptWorks’ annual party to kick-off the new year, welcome new members, swap summer triumphs and tribulations, and get informed on how ScriptWorks can help you in the coming year.  ScriptWorks will provide libations and attendees are invited to bring their favorite finger food to the potluck. This party has no narrative through-line and no inciting incident, so drop by anytime and rub elbows and egos with the local bards.

If you have work inspired by 30/60/90 that you’d like to read or have read at the Meet & Greet, let Christi know. Also, we need a few volunteers to help with clean-up – contact Christi if you can help.

And finally, there’s an extra bonus this year: Local actor Tom Byrne has donated his library of plays to Allan Baker who will have them there for you to go through and take what you wish (beginning at 4:30). Allan estimates there are 100-150 books in the collection so that will be some good pickin’!

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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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