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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 ...

SEPTEMBER 2018 SALON

MORTAL CHOICE by Rebecca Osborne
Sunday, September 30 at 6:30 pm
Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd Street

Mortal Choice, a trilogy of one-act plays, is the story of two mortals whose forbidden love sparked the Trojan War and served as entertainment and sport for the gods of Mount Olympus. 
Mortal Choice: The Golden Apple
Paris, the outcast Prince of Troy, longs to alter his fate and save his homeland from destruction. After crossing paths with the beautiful Helen, the gods of Mount Olympus entangle him in their own family squabble and Paris has the opportunity to make his curse worth keeping.
Mortal Choice: The Walls of Troy 
As the Trojan War rages on, Troy’s royal family wants their war with Greece to end.  But, when Hector hatches a plan that will rob Paris of the woman he loves, family strife ensues and Hector must come to terms with the consequences of his choices.  
Mortal Choice: The Arrows of Heracles
The goddesses of Mount Olympus are bored with meddling in the Trojan War.  As Zeus referees their bickering, Aphrodite’s final move in their game forces a choice only a mortal can fully understand.  Paris must choose either love or life. 

Rebecca Osborne holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from Southwestern University and an M.A. in Theatre from Kent State University. She serves as a judge for UIL One Act Play contest. Her short dramatic writings have had productions in New York City and six States across the US. 

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DRAMATIS PERSONAE WORKSHOP: REWRITING

Writing is Writing is Rewriting is Writing with Caridad Svich
A five-Caridad Svichweek online workshop starting October 1, 2018

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. This workshop is conducted via email with weekly assignments.

Cost: ScriptWorks members $150/ General $200
(Those who have previously taken Svich’s DREAMING A PLAY: FAST FIRST DRAFT workshop through ScriptWorks will receive a $25 discount. Contact christi@scriptworks.org for discount code.)

Enrollment is limited, so claim your spot today!

Caridad Svich received a 2012 OBIE for Lifetime Achievement. She is a playwright, translator, lyricist, poet, essayist, editor and educator. Her plays have been seen across the US and abroad. Among them are Iphigenia Crash Land Falls…, The House of the SpiritsJarman (all this maddening beauty) and De Troya, which premiered at Cara Mia Theatre in Dallas last spring. She is editor of three books published by TCG: Audience RevolutionInnovation in Five Acts and Out of the Fringe as well as volumes from Manchester University Press, Smith & Kraus, Eyecorner Press and more. Visit her at www.caridadsvich.com

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FRONTERAFEST APPS ARE HERE!

Applications for the 2019 FronteraFest are now available at www.hydeparktheatre.org. Short Fringe and Bring Your Own Venue apps are active now. Long Fringe details are still be worked out but those apps should be available soon.

In addition, ScriptWorks provides four Commissions for members to create new work for the Short Fringe. Download the application guidelines and instructions here:  FF19 SF Commission app

Contact Christi with any questions.

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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

Monday, September 10, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Hyde Park Theatre
511 W. 43rd St.

COST:
$5 SW members; $10 general

INFO/RESERVATIONS:
info@scriptworks.org or pre-register 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, The Vortex, Capitol City Playhouse, Frontera@Hyde Park Theatre, Different Stages, and ScriptWorks (formerly Austin Script Works), which she helped found in 1997. FronteraFest 2019 will mark her eighteenth year as producer of the festival under the joint enterprise of Hyde Park Theatre and ScriptWorks.

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THE 5th ANNUAL AUSTIN ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL

Presented by The One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) and ScriptWorks

Three Performances Only: 

MONDAY, AUGUST 20TH

TUESDAY, AUGUST 21ST

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22ND 

ALL PERFORMANCES AT 8 PM

AT:

Ground Floor Theatre

979  Springdale Rd #122

Austin, TX 78702

Tickets are $20



Featuring Brand New One-Minute Plays by:

Robin Anderson, Lowell Bartholomee, Stephen Bittrich, Allison Orr Block, James Burnside, Dan Caffrey, Elizabeth Cobbe, Adrienne Dawes, Trey Deason, Laura Freeman, Amparo Garcia-Crow, C.M. Gill, Aimée Gonzalez, Ava Love Hanna, Reina Hardy, Ty Hoppe, Greg Klein, Tyler Kosmak, Lindsey Lane, Max Langert, Sarah Loucks, Sandy Maranto, Tristan Young Mercado, Nadine Mozon, Briandaniel Oglesby, Nicole Oglesby, Robi Polgar, Marla Porter, Jason Rainey, Rupert Reyes, Nettie Reynolds, Sheila Lynch Rinear, Jelisa Jay Robinson, Greg Romero, Candyce Rusk, Sarah Saltwick, Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, Sally Seitz, Helen Sneed, Eva Suter, C. Denby Swanson, Lisa B. Thompson, Megan Thornton, Minghao Tu, Cindy Vining, Jennine DOC Wright, Anne Maria Wynter 

Directed by: Ellie McBride, Christina J. Moore, Patti Neff-Tiven, Linda Nenno, Kat Sparks, & Anna Skidis Vargas

Curated by:

Caitlin Wees & Dominic D’Andrea

The One-­Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) is a grass-roots community-engaged theatre festival, founded by Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D’Andrea. #1MPF is social barometer practice, which investigates local zeitgeist and narratives through dialogue, consensus building, and a performance of minute-long moments generated by each community. #1MPF works in partnership with traditional theatres, cultural institutions, and social justice institutions sharing educational, community-focused, or public service missions across the country. The aim is to create locally sourced community events, with the goal of promoting the spirit of radical inclusion. #1MPF includes participants of different points of age, race, culture, gender, socio-economic background, and stage of career. The work attempts to reflect the values, topics, trends, styles, ideas, and big conversations that bubble up to the surface in each community. 

Partnerships have been created with theaters in over 20 cities including: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New Jersey, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Boston, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Seattle, Dallas, Austin, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Anchorage, Honolulu, St. Louis, Providence, and more, with partnering institutions like Primary Stages, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Trinity Rep, New Georges at New York City Center, Z-Space, Victory Gardens Theatre, Cornerstone Theatre Company, The Playwrights Foundation, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Actor’s Express, InterAct Theatre, Mixed Blood, Walking Shadow Theatre, Passage Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Salvage Vanguard & ScriptWorks,  ACT, Perseverance Theatre, Round House Theatre, Honolulu Theatre For Youth, and others.

Notable #1MPF contributors have included: David Henry Hwang, Lynn Nottage, Neil LaBute, Tina Howe, Donald Margulies, Nilaja Sun, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Robert Schenkkan, Lydia Diamond, Phillip Kan Gotanda, Kristoffer Diaz, Rajiv Joseph, Sam Hunter, Karen Hartman, Robert Askins, Colman Domingo, José Rivera, Craig Lucas, Mike Daisey, Greg Kotis, Michael John Garcés, & over 1400 celebrated, emerging, and mid-career playwrights.  For more information visit: www.oneminuteplayfestival.com

 

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CELEBRATE OUR 20TH ANNIVERSARY!

We just celebrated our 20th Anniversary Season! Check out this video to learn about our journey.

 

 

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20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – WORKSHOP

DRAMATIS PERSONAE WORKSHOP

THE FENG SHUI OF REWRITING with John Walch
Saturday, June 2nd 2:00 – 3:30pm
Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St.

Tickets are sliding scale $2 – $20 and available HERE
The French call it “élan vital”, the Romans called it “vital spark,” smoothie makers in Berkley call it “raw fuel”, hipsters in Brooklyn call it “Red Bull”, Chinese philosophers call it “Qi”…translating roughly to mean vital energy of which everything is composed.   Whatever you call it, plays, especially early drafts, are filled with vitality or Qi.
In rewriting your play, the goal is to build on those furious first sparks, to understand what your Qi is, and to maximize the flow of Qi throughout your play, without snuffing out the impulses behind the initial creation. But how?  A once tortured rewriter shares how he came to approach rewriting in a totally non-Aristotelian, non-denominational, non sequitur, and no-nonsense way.  In this workshop, writers are introduced to three basic principles of Feng Shui and are invited to apply them to a specific piece they are rewriting.  Writers should come with a play (or really anything) they want to reorganize and rewrite.  The more resistance, the better. Bring whatever you write with, as we’ll do some light stretching exercises. And if you don’t have anything to rewrite, but have a closet or desk drawer to reorganize, what the heck, come anyway.
John Walch’s plays have been produced, commissioned, and developed at theaters such as Center Theatre Group, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, TheatreSquared, Theatre @ Boston Court, Kitchen Dog, Edinburgh Fringe Fest, and Off-Broadway at Urban Stages. Awards include: The Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays; the American Theatre Critics Association’s Osborn Award; three Austin Critics Table Awards, the Frederick Loewe Award in Musical Theatre, and the Charlotte Woolard Award recognizing a new voice in the American Theatre. John is a two time Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and was a James Michener Fellow at the Michener Center at University of Texas @ Austin. 
 
John served as Artistic Director for ScriptWorks from 1998-2002 and remains a proud alum of ScriptWorks and New Dramatists in NYC. He has taught playwriting at UT @ Austin, University of Iowa, and Bennington College, among others. John currently heads the MFA Program in Playwriting at the University of Arkansas.

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20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – PARTY

Saturday, June 2nd at 7 pm
Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Rd.

Tickets are Pick Your Price: $20, $40, or $60 and available HERE
Join us for a party celebrating 20 years of support for playwrights! We’ll be launching our book SCRIPTWORKS 20/20, 20 Short Plays from 20 Years of Out of Ink and performing a few plays from the collection. Come party with current members and alumni as well our community of supporters and collaborators.

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20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – INWARD & ARTWARD

Sunday, June 3rd 10am-12pm
Soma Vida, 2324 Cesar Chavez

Free with suggested donation of $15-$20
Our friends at Story Bar present their monthly workshop on creativity as a contemplative practice and how to use mindfulness as a tool for engaging in the arts and society. This month’s event will benefit ScriptWorks. The session will be led by SW member Diana Small and will center around art-making as a way to wrestle with mystery. How do we create space in our lives to be curious and encounter mystery? How can we shape the mysteries that make us uncomfortable into questions? How can we investigate those questions through art and sustain a life of curiosity, mystery, and wrestling?
Diana Lynn Small is a theater artist in Austin, TX. She is an Artistic Director of Salvage Vanguard Theater and has an MFA in playwriting from the Michener Center at UT. Her plays Mad & a Goat, Good Day, and Hot Belly have been produced in Austin by SVT, UT Austin, and paper chairs theater company. She is earning an MDiv at Austin Seminary, focusing on storytelling in religion and chaplaincy.
ABOUT STORY BAR

Story Bar is a multi-disciplinary arts initiative featuring storytelling and the exploration of the human condition through community-driven programmingWe are committed to engaging a creative community by showcasing the transformative power of storytelling through all art disciplines. Dedicated to cultivating an environment that champions expression, experience, and mindfulness, our programming is unwavering in its exploration of identity, culture, and humanity.

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MAY 2018 SALON

$10 BOY by Allison Orr Block
Sunday, May 20th at 6:30 pm
Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St.

On September 17, 1976, a 14-year-old boy was shot and killed by a police officer. Shortly afterward, a grand jury found the policeman to be innocent of criminal charges, deeming the boy’s death accidental. In a pursuit for justice and an attempt to change the ways of a small police department in Morrow, Georgia, the boy’s father sought the help of W. Fred Orr II, a civil trial attorney (and the playwright’s father). Surprisingly, the suit took two trials for a jury to come to a decision – devastating both the boy’s father and his attorney. Haunted by the trial her father would never discuss, Baby dives into a journey to understand how the outcome came to be. In her discovery, she finds evidence of a fragile justice system, fake news and a father that loved her more than she knew. Part documentary theatre, $10 BOY is a compilation of trial depositions, courtroom transcripts, interviews, letters, Facebook posts, and the playwright’s conversations with her deceased father.

Allison Orr Block holds two theatre degrees: a B. A. in Theatre Performance from California State University, Northridge and an M.F.A. in Drama / Theatre for Youth from The University of Texas at Austin. As a playwright, Allison has had productions in Los Angeles, San Antonio, Austin, and New York City. Allison first became a member of ScriptWorks in 1998! She has received Seed Support funding for two projects: Lizelle and $10 Boy.

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