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2nd ANNUAL AUSTIN ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL

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THE ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL (#1MPF)  &  SCRIPTWORKS
PRESENT
THE 2ND ANNUAL AUSTIN ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL

THREE PERFORMANCES ONLY:
MONDAY, AUGUST 17th
TUESDAY, AUGUST 18th
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19th
ALL PERFORMANCES AT 8PM

AT GROUND FLOOR THEATRE
979 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX 78702

All Tickets $20


The One-Minute Play Festival (Dominic D’Andrea, Producing Artistic Director & Caitlin Wees, Associate Producer) and ScriptWorks (Christina J. Moore, Executive Artistic Director) continue their dynamic partnership for The 2nd Annual Austin One-Minute Play Festival with part of the proceeds to benefit ScriptWorks programming.

Known as a social barometer project, 1MPF invited writers living and working in Austin to submit moments via their specific playmaking process. The writers were given a prompt that asked them to consider the world around them, their community, and all the ways in which they view and engage with the world, and to write and submit moments that could only happen at this time and in this place. Once the moments were submitted, the 1MPF team identified the themes, ideas, styles, trends, and connections that bubbled up to the surface in the zeitgeist, highlighted those things, and reflected them back in “clumps” of several plays. “We are survey artists”, said D’Andrea. “This is our version of performing a community mind-map, or kind of like sticking a core sample into the earth and examining a cross-section of themes and ideas that exist in the dirt.”

Part community-convening, part social action, and part play festival, 1MPF aims to investigate the questions who are we? What is our relationship to each other? To our community? To our work? To our activism? Through a series of nearly 70 pulses of storytelling, 70 heartbeats that say something about who we are, where we are, and where we might be going as a community.

One-minute plays by established and emerging Austin playwrights, most members of ScriptWorks, were commissioned for this special event, prompted by #1MPF’s unique playmaking process.

The 2nd Annual Austin One-Minute Play Festival will feature work by ScriptWorks members Rita Anderson, Kalli Angel, Allan Baker, Allison Orr Block, James Burnside, Katherine Catmull, Elizabeth Cobbe, Adrienne Dawes, Trey Deason, Elizabeth Doss, Joanna Garner, Raul Garza, Aimée Gonzalez, Larry Herold, Carolyn Kennedy, Christopher Krejci, Rhonda Kulhanek, Max Langert, Gia Marotta, Tegan McLeod, Briandaniel Oglesby, Jason Rainey, Rupert Reyes, Sheila Rinear, Candyce Rusk, Sarah Saltwick, Hank Schwemmer, Diana Lynn Small, Eva Suter, C. Denby Swanson, Megan Tabaque, Lisa B. Thompson, Megan Thornton, Cindy Vining,  and as well as Martha Lynn Coon and Travis Tate.

Directed by Caleb Britton, Derek Kolluri, Jenny Lavery, Christina J. Moore, Rudy Ramirez, Jerry Ruiz, Will Hollis Snider & Lily Wolff

The One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) is America’s largest and longest running short form theatre company, founded by Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D’Andrea, 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 or community-specific missions across the country. #1MPF creates locally sourced playwright-focused community events, with the 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.

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 midcareer playwrights.  For more information visit: www.oneminuteplayfestival.com

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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: THE MYSTERIES OF DRAMATURGY with LIZ ENGELMAN

Tuesday, May 26 7-9pm   lizengelman_headshot

Salvage Vanguard Studio
2803 Manor Rd.

$20 SW Members/ $30 General
Reservations: here or info@scriptworks.org

What does a dramaturg do anyway? How would you work with one? Should you work with one? Can you be your own dramaturg? Can you be a dramaturg for others? All these mysteries and more will be revealed in this workshop with nationally renowned dramaturg, Liz Engelman. Participants willing to have their work discussed are invited to bring in a 5-10 minute play (with enough copies for readers).

Liz Engelman recently joined the faculty at UT Austin and the National Advisory Board of ScriptWorks. She splits her year between Austin and Ely, MN, where she is the founder and director of Tofte Lake Center at Norm’s Fish Camp, a creative retreat in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota. Before moving to Austin, Liz was the Alumnae Relations Coordinator of Hedgebrook, a retreat for women writers on Whidbey Island, WA. Liz has served as the Resident Dramaturg at Mixed Blood Theatre, as the Literary Director of the McCarter Theatre, the Director of New Play Development at ACT Theatre in Seattle, Washington, Literary Manager/Dramaturg at Seattle’s Intiman Theatre, and as Assistant Literary Manager at Actors Theatre of Louisville. She has worked on the development of new plays at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, ASK Theatre Projects, New York Theatre Workshop, the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, South Coast Rep, Denver Center, and Florida Stage. She has directed new plays at The Illusion Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, and Carleton College. Liz has been a guest at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Puget Sound, Cornish College of the Arts, and has taught playwriting at Freehold Studio Theatre Lab and The Playwrights’ Center. She studied dramaturgy and new play development at Brown and Columbia universities, where she received her BA and MFA in theatre and dramaturgy, respectively. Liz is the co-editor with Michael Bigelow Dixon of several collections of plays, and a new book on playwriting exercises, and of two volumes of monologues with Tori Haring-Smith. Liz has served as President and Board Chair of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and currently serves on the board. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the National New Play Network and is a member of the New Project Group of ITI. She has written articles published in Theatre Topics and Theatre Forum.

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DRAMATIS PERSONAE WORKSHOP: REWRITING

NOTE: THE START DATE FOR THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CHANGED TO FRIDAY, MAY 22nd. THERE ARE STILL A FEW SPOTS AVAILABLE.

Writing is Writing is Rewriting is Writing with Caridad Svich
A five-Caridad Svichweek online workshop starting May 18, 2015

ScriptWorks offers the flexibility of online learning for  this five week intensive geared toward re-animating your plays in progress, locating their core and seeing them anew. If theater is, as we all know, an event in space and a way of seeing, then revising work for live performance is about understanding the true nature of the event and how the stage is a canvas for ordinary and extraordinary acts of disruption and simultaneous healing.

Cost: SW members $150/ General $200
Enrollment is limited, so claim your spot today!

Caridad Svich received the 2012 OBIE for Lifetime Achievement, 2013 National Latino Playwriting Award, 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize. Her plays include 12 Ophelias, Fugitive Pieces, Thrush, Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart, Guapa, The Way of Water, Jarman (all this maddening beauty) and The House of the Spirits (based on the Isabel Allende novel). Seven of her plays are published as Instructions for Breathing and Other Plays (Seagull Books), and five of her plays are published as Blasted Heavens (Eyecorner Press). She has also edited several books on theatre and performance, including  published by TCG in 2015. She has taught playwriting and creative writing at the Yale School of Drama, Bard College, Barnard College, Ohio State University, and Rutgers University-New Brunswick. She is currently under commission from Working Theater in New York City. She is alumna playwright of New Dramatists, founder of NoPassport theatre alliance & press (www.nopassport.org), associate editor of Contemporary Theatre Review for Routledge UK and Drama Editor of Asymptote literary translation journal. She holds an MFA from UCSD. Visit her at www.caridadsvich.com

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OUT OF INK 2015: Random Acts of Magic

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ScriptWorks 17th Annual Ten Minute Play Showcase
Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St.
April 23-25 and April 30-May 2, 2015 at 8 PM
Tickets:  $15 general admission, $12 students/seniors/ScriptWorks
April 23 is a Pay-What-You-Wish preview

The magic of theatre can lead to unexpected changes and sometimes to reliving special moments from the past. That is especially true in this year’s Out of Ink ten-minute play showcase, which features plays written using those ideas as their jumping-off point. The plays were written during ScriptWorks’ Weekend Fling, where members have 48 hours to write 10 minute plays using three arbitrary ingredients.

This year’s elements were:
1) A piece of magic.
2) Two characters must switch clothes/costumes at least once during the play.
3) A character must revisit the most embarrassing day of their life.

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 Dallas-area director Elizabeth Martin, and Austin playwright/actors and non-applying ScriptWorks members Joe Hartman and Cyndi Williams.

The Random Acts of Magic scripts were written by:

Rita Anderson, Kirk German, Carolyn Kennedy, Max Langert, Briandaniel Oglesby, Sarah Saltwick, Samuel Vaughan and Cindy Vining.  The plays will be performed by an ensemble of actors including  David DuBose, Marie Fahlgren, Joe Hartman, Gina Houston, Matrex Kilgore, Jenny Lavery, Noah Martin, Lori Navarrete, Zac Thomas, Robin Grace Thompson, and Minerva Villa. They’ll be directed by Lowell Bartholomee, Carolyn Kennedy, Linda Nenno, Sharon Sparlin and Lily Wolff. Designers for the project are Natalie George, Jessica Giilzow, and Jason Newman.

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APRIL 2015 SALON

POISON by Ihor Gowda
Sunday, April 26 at 6:30pm
State Theatre, 719 Congress Ave.

In POISON, American nuclear physicist Robert Oppenheimer and British mathematician/codebreaker Alan Turing, whose extraordinary contributions were key to Allied victory in WWII, cross paths on the evening of June 6, 1954 – the tenth anniversary of D-Day, and the day before Turing’s tragic suicide. Moved to candor by the heartbreaking parallels in their lives, Turing shares the secret of his still-classified  work on cracking Nazi codes. Oppenheimer immediately grasps the significance of Turing’s achievement, and in a conversation that illuminates larger issues of gay rights, nuclear proliferation, and national security vs. individual rights – a conversation they alone could have had – they painfully reflect on their abandonment and rejection by the countries who owed them so much. Two broken men end the evening headed toward very different futures.

A resident of Austin TX, Ihor Gowda is a lifelong avid student of science and technology, and spent 20+ years in the telecom and computer industries. He is also a lifelong fan of theatre. This is his first play.

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FINER POINT PRODUCTION AND BENEFIT

JACOB’S LADDER by Dennis Bailey
presented by Theatre en Bloc
March 27 – April 19

The Boyd Vance Theatre (at the Carver Museum)
1165 Angelina St.
Austin, TX 78702

At the height of WW II, an unassuming young staffer to FDR discovers a Top Secret proposal to bomb the Concentration Camps dotting Eastern Europe. Whatever the outcome of the controversial debate, the perception of morality, accountability and assimilation will profoundly alter his family and the world around him. With insight, wit and a dash of 1940s panache, JACOB’S LADDER recounts a hero who’s not born but cornered as he wrestles with the idea that all evil needs to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

The production features an all-star cast of Austin talent including Babs George, Jenny Lavery, Zach Kleinsmith, Johanna Whitmore, Jay Fraley, and Tom Byrne.

JACOB’S LADDER was developed in part through the ScriptWorks Salon and is presented with the assistance of the ScriptWorks Finer Point Fund for New Play Production. The Thursday April 2nd performance will be a benefit for ScriptWorks to replenish the fund.  Come see a great show and support ScriptWorks at the same time! All tickets are sliding scale and are available HERE.

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MARCH 2015 SALON

THINGS YOU FIND IN A BIRD’S NEST by Rita Anderson
Sunday, March 29 at 6:30pm
State Theatre, 719 Congress Ave.

After serving 30 years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend, Charles Wicklow receives a strange visitor who is hellbent in finding out the truth about what really happened in his cold, cold case, but who can tell if she is a reporter, a detective, a mob informant, or a guide from the future—because her story keeps changing. Part mystery, part psychological haunting, the play is a journey into the shadows of the mind and heart, as much as it is a path into the past. THINGS YOU FIND IN A BIRD’S NEST explores ambition, the meaning of promises, and the pivotal events that shape who we are.

Rita Anderson, a member of International Centre for Women Playwrights, Dramatists Guild, ScriptWorks, and The Playwrights’ Center and has an MFA Creative Writing and an MA Playwriting. An award-winning playwright and poet, Rita has had numerous publications and her plays have been produced internationally. A winner at the Kennedy Center (KCACTF), she went on scholarship to the O’Neill Theater Center (CF 2012). Her play, Frantic is the Carousel, was the 2013 National Partners American Theatre (NAPAT) nominee, when she was also recipient of the Ken Ludwig Playwriting Award for “best body of work.” In 2014, she had 15 publications and eight productions (in such cities as  NYC, Boston (3), Houston, Dallas, and Cincinnati). Early Liberty, internationally published at www.offthewallplays.com, is on the publisher’s “Best Selling Plays” list. Her article, “On Gender Parity in Theatre and What May Be Broken, Parts I & II” was published in the TCG Diversity Blog, and she already has 13 productions lined up for 2015. The highlight of her emerging career so far, however, was sitting on a playwriting panel with Christopher Durang last November. Contact her at www.rita-anderson.com

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DRAMATIS PERSONAE WORKSHOP

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A combo workshop taught by Don Zolidis

Wednesday, March 18 7-9pm
Salvage Vanguard Studio
2803 Manor Road

$20 ScriptWorks members/ $30 General

INFO/RESERVATIONS: advance purchase here or reserve at info@scriptworks.org

With over 14,000 high schools and twice that many middle schools in the United States with theatre programs, there is an enormous market for plays that can be performed with young people. Playwright Don Zolidis, a former middle and high school teacher, will discuss the art of writing for high schools and middle schools: What are directors looking for? How does a play for a high school differ from a play for a professional theatre? What should we, as playwrights, keep in mind? What about censorship? How do we get our plays into the hands of high school and middle school directors?

In the second half of the program, Zolidis will expand the discussion to include the principles of comedy in general. Special attention will be paid to applying those concepts to high school plays – what makes a play funny? What makes a scene funny? How does your choice of style and format dictate the type of stories you can tell? How does one create believable comedy as opposed to absurdist comedy?

ABOUT DON ZOLIDIS
Don Zolidis is one the most popular living playwrights in America. His 70 published plays have been produced more than 6,700 times and have appeared in every state and 47 different countries. He holds an MFA from the Actor’s Studio Program at the New School University and a B.A. in English from Carleton College. He’s won multiple Edgerton New Play awards, the Princess Grace Award, and in 2013 his play White Buffalo was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Austin.

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FEBRUARY 2015 SALON

COUNTERFEIT-BILL by Pat Rick
Sunday, February 22 at 6:30pm
State Theatre, 719 Congress Ave.

Bringing nonfiction to the stage, this one-man show, Counterfeit-Bill, takes his audience on an unexpected ride. The impersonator-humorist, portraying the 42nd President of the United States, tells a factual story about himself while delivering a history lesson about another presidential doppelgänger.

New to play-writing, Pat Rick produced an award-winning documentary, The Novitiate. Born from that film project, The Abbey& Me is a written account of invasion and seizure of a Midwest Catholic monastery, chronicling a 1975 Native American act of civil disobedience. His memoir is listed as notable in the 2013 Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for books. Now, and just in time, Pat is launching Counterfeit-Bill (http://www.hillaryshusband.com) to coincide with the 2016 political season. Appearing as Bill Clinton in person, on television and film, allowed Rick to acquire membership with The Screen Actors Guild and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. His character on stage proves “Truth is stranger than fiction.”

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