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SEPTEMBER 2016 SALON

THE RIVERVIEW STORIES by Candyce Rusk
Sunday, September 25th at 6:30pm
Austin Playwrights Studio
5555 N. Lamar, Bldg. K, Ste. 125*

THE RIVERVIEW STORIES is a full length play, comprised of 3 shorter plays, all which are set in Riverview Amusement Park (1904-1967), once the largest park in America, taking up 102 acres on Chicago’s north side.  LULU’S CHARMS IN THE DARK (mid-1940s) focuses on Ballroom dancers Lulu and Phyllis, who are overseen by a fierce mistress, Madame Swan.   RIVERVEIW RITZ (mid-1960s) unwraps the tale of the African Dip, a racist dunking game, where La Fayette works raking in the big $. He rooms with a Polish immigrant, Jacek, and both agree to take in La Fayette’s girlfriend Lorette, who’s running from her violent Uncle Charles. Two local brothers, Hawk and Machine, work the park with pride and a hidden shame. NUMERAL SIDESHOW (mid-1930s) takes place in a sideshow tent. Each of the characters possess accidental birth defects, but rather than succumb to self pity, they present themselves with insight and wit.

Candyce Rusk’s plays and musicals have been staged throughout the US and Dublin. Works that have captured Best of Fest honors include: ROSETTA (one-act version); DICE; A SHINING ATTRIBUTE and RIVERVIEW RITZ. Her play LITTLE BABY TWO SHOES was adapted into a short film by Paul Bright. WISH KEY, featuring women in pants thriving on the Western frontier, was selected for Creede Repertory Theatre’s Headwaters Festival last August.

*Austin Playwrights Studio (aka Warren’s place) is in the office park behind Half-Price Books on North Lamar, 5555 N. Lamar, Bldg. K, Ste. 125.  The best place to enter is from the back side of the Half Price Books complex. Go south on Guadalupe from Koening and take the 4th driveway on your right.  There’ll be a building with a red awning on your left that says 5426 on it. Continue on and look for Bldg. K on the right.  The door to the space says Suites K 123-126, so you won’t see the actual suite number from the parking lot. If you have trouble, call Christi at 512-589-4055.

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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 12, 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, Capitol City Playhouse, Frontera@Hyde Park Theatre, Different Stages, and ScriptWorks (formerly Austin Script Works), which she helped found in 1997. FronteraFest 2016 will mark her fifteenth year as producer of the festival under the joint enterprise of Hyde Park Theatre and ScriptWorks.

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SEED SUPPORT DEADLINE

SEED SUPPORT DEADLINE

The deadline to apply for 4th quarter Seed Support funding is September 1st. The funding is to assist a member in the development of a project that is currently in-progress. Guidelines and application available here.

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18th ANNUAL MEET & GREET

On Sunday, August 28th 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 17th 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.

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2016 ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL

The One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) & ScriptWorks Present

The 3rd Annual Austin One-Minute Play Festival

Mon. Aug 22nd, Tues. Aug 23rd, and Weds. Aug 24th at 8PM

At Austin Playhouse

Highland Mall, South Entrance

6001 Airport Dr. Austin, TX 78752

Complete directions at www.austinplayhouse.com

Tickets are $20


One-minute plays by 40 active Austin playwrights were commissioned for this special annual event, to examine community topics and conversations, made with #1MPF’s playmaking process.

Featuring Brand New One-Minute Plays by

Rita Anderson, Lowell Bartholomee, Katie Bender, Paul Bonin-Rodriguez, James E. Burnside, Katherine Catmull, Elizabeth Cobbe, Jenny Connell Davis, Elizabeth Doss, Amparo Garcia-Crow, Joanna Garner, Raul Garza, Aimée R. Gonzalez, Morgan Kauphusman, Kristin Harrison, Christopher J. Krejci, Lindsey Lane, Max Langert, Sarah Loucks, Allison Orr Block, Jason Rainey, Sheila Lynch Rinear, Candyce Rusk, Sarah Saltwick, Hank Schwemmer, Eva Suter, C. Denby Swanson, Adam Sweeney, Megan Tabaque, Lisa B. Thompson, Cindy Vining, Cyndi Williams, Anne Maria Wynter, Kalli Angel, Megan Thornton, & more!

Directed by Elizabeth V. Newman, Ellie McBride, Juliana Wright, Lara Toner, Linda Nenno, Patti Neff-Tiven, Stephanie Carll, Zac Thomas & Will Hollis Snider

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 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 to 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, Honolulu, St. Louis, and more, with partnering institutions like Primary Stages, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, New Georges at New York City Center, Z-Space, A.C.T., Trinity Rep, 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 Theater, 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 midcareer playwrights.  For more information visit: www.oneminuteplayfestival.com

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SEED SUPPORT DEADLINE

SEED SUPPORT DEADLINE

The deadline to apply for 3rd quarter Seed Support funding is June 1st. The funding is to assist a member in the development of a project that is currently in-progress. Guidelines and application available here.

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Coming June 3rd!

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.

ScriptWorks is offering our own opportunity to practice daily creativity through 30/60/90.

Sign up for a period of time — 30, 60, or 90 days. During that period of time, we’ll send you a daily writing prompt by email, offered by local and national writers, musicians, and artists, each of whom also has some kind of daily practice.

Write anything. Finish it. Move on to the next thing. Just write every day. Don’t look back! You will probably hate it at some point. You will probably love it, too. You may or may not like what winds up on the page. But 30/60/90 is not about the end result or the product. It’s just about the practice of sitting down every day to do your work.

Click on the Programs tab above to learn more and sign up.

 

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DRAMATIS PERSONAE WORKSHOP: THE MAGIC OF REVERSALS

THE MAGIC OF REVERSALS with Ann Marie Healy
Monday, June 13th, 7-10pm
Austin Playwrights Studio
5555 N. Lamar, Bldg. K, Ste. 125*

$35 General/$25 ScriptWorks
Pay in advance here

All great storytelling uses reversals of character and action to create drama. In this workshop, we’ll do exercises exploring reversals and we’ll talk about how to use reversal techniques to break through writing blocks and structural impasses in your play.

Ann Marie Healy writes plays and books. Her creative writing has been supported and honored by organizations as diverse as the Sundance Institute, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, The New York State Council for the Arts, The Ivy League Film Festival, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Clubbed Thumb Theater Company, MCC’s Playwright’s Coalition, Edge Theater Company and Lincoln Center’s LCT3. Her essays, fiction and plays are published through Smith and Kraus, Samuel French and The Kenyon Review. She is currently completing commissioned plays for Yale Rep and Playwright’s Horizons; she received her MFA in Playwriting from Brown University.

*Austin Playwrights Studio (aka Warren’s place) is in the office park behind Half-Price Books on North Lamar, 5555 N. Lamar, Bldg. K, Ste. 125.  The best place to enter is from the back side of the Half Price Books complex. Go south on Guadalupe from Koening and take the 4th driveway on your right.  There’ll be a building with a red awning on your left that says 5426 on it. Continue on and look for Bldg. K on the right.  The door to the space says Suites K 123-126, so you won’t see the actual suite number from the parking lot. If you have trouble, call Christi at 512-589-4055.

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DRAMATIS PERSONAE WORKSHOP: STUDYING STRUCTURE

STUDYING STRUCTURE with Jenny Connell Davis
Wednesdays, June 22, 29 and July 6, 7:30-9pm
Online

$125 General/$100 ScriptWorks
Sign up here

This three-week, reading-intensive class is designed to give playwrights a way of thinking about how and why plays employ non-linear time, play-within-play formats, direct address, monologue, and other structural devices that might (just might) make Aristotle roll over in his grave.  The class will be a mix of lecture and discussion, with students asked to read up to three plays before each class.

The goal: to give writers a renewed appreciation for the formal elements at work in a variety of classic and contemporary plays, to consider some controversies brewing between critics and play-makers throughout the United States, and to help articulate framework writers as they consider the best formats to employ in bringing their own stories from page to stage.

All participants will be given a reading list before class begins: some plays will be provided in .pdf forms, while others will need to be procured independently.

Jenny Connell Davis’s plays include Dragon Play, The Scientific Method, Goddess of Mercy and End of Shift. She is a CORE Writer with the Playwrights’ Center and her stage plays been developed or produced with the O’Neill, Icicle Creek, ACT in Seattle, the Araca Group, The Gift Theatre, Stage Left and ATC in Chicago, Ars Nova, Asolo Rep, NAATCO, Theater Mitu, New York Stage and Film, Shrewd Productions, Impact Theatre in Berkeley, Chance Theatre, SPACE at Ryder Farm, and Team Sunshine Performance Corporation.

Her short films have screened at festivals worldwide, including SxSW and Toronto; she currently has full-length films in development with Maven Pictures and Co-opent Films.

She has been a finalist or semi-finalist for Seven Devils, BAPF, the Nicholl (twice), and the Heideman Award, has been an honorable mention on the Kilroys list (2014, 2015) and for the Jane Chambers Award (2014), and has been twice-nominated for both the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Lark/PONY fellowship. She is a proud member of The Gift Theatre, former member of the Ars Nova Play Group, and a recipient of grants and/or commissions from Ars Nova, ScriptWorks, The Playwrights’ Center, and the Network of Ensemble Theatres. Jenny was the 2014-2015 Hot Seat Local Writer in Residence at Baltimore’s Center Stage Theater, where she helped organize their new Playwrights Collective, and the 2016 Resident Playwright at Chance Theatre in Anaheim, CA.

She trained as an actor at Court and Steppenwolf theaters in Chicago, and in playwriting at University of Texas at Austin.  She has taught acting at UT Austin, and playwriting at the Berkeley Carroll School in New York, at UT Austin, and for the Playwrights’ Center.  She is represented by Beth Blickers, Lucy Stille and Amanda Hacohen at APA, and managed by Circle of Confusion.  She lives in Austin, Texas.

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MAY 2016 SALON

THE HUMMELOPE AND THE TARTAN TOAD by Jeff Irvin
Sunday, May 22nd at 6:30pm
Austin Playwrights Studio
5555 N. Lamar, Bldg. K, Ste. 125*

A site developer plans to build a subdivision in a pristine watershed, when rare toads, which may or may not be endangered, are seen on the property. A TV reporter, a university professor, a biologist/environmental activist, and a city bureaucrat in the Site Development Permitting office get involved, each generally in more ways than one.  Will the toads be saved?  The characters are over-the-top melodramatic, and the intent is comedy, with some softball satire and subliminal eco-education.  There are multiple happy endings, and, beware, a lot of verse (the subtitle of Jeff Irvin’s previous published work “The Sword in the Styrofoam” was “from Bawd to Verse'”).

Jeff Irvin is the author of The Sword in the Styrofoam, a series of three melodramas published by IE Clark that have been performed all over the US (and even once in Australia).  Long time members of ScriptWorks may recall that a previous version of “Hummelope”, then called “The Travis Toad”,   was read at ScriptWorks in 2001, when the readings were upstairs at the State Theater.  The play, which has never been staged,  was originally written in the late 80’s when rapid urbanization was an issue locally.  A recent reread made it seem still relevant… so here comes another reading.

*Austin Playwrights Studio (aka Warren’s place) is in the office park behind Half-Price Books on North Lamar, 5555 N. Lamar, Bldg. K, Ste. 125.  The best place to enter is from the back side of the Half Price Books complex. Go south on Guadalupe from Koening and take the 4th driveway on your right.  There’ll be a building with a red awning on your left that says 5426 on it. Continue on and look for Bldg. K on the right.  The door to the space says Suites K 123-126, so you won’t see the actual suite number from the parking lot. If you have trouble, call Christi at 512-589-4055.

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