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MEET & GREET 2017

Sunday, August 20th 5-7pm
Butterfly Bar at the Vortex
2307 Manor Rd., Austin, TX 78722
 
ScriptWorks members and their families, as well as community collaborators, and those interested in finding out more about ScriptWorks are invited to the 19th Annual Meet & Greet to launch our 20th Anniversary Season! 

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 beer and wine 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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4th ANNUAL AUSTIN ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL

The AUSTIN ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL (#1MPF) returns for its fourth year, in partnership with ScriptWorks. The marathon evening of one-minute plays by 40 of Austin’s established and emerging playwrights and directors plays four performances only as a Series A/B schedule. Series A: Sunday, August 27th & Monday, August 28th at 8pm and Series B: Tuesday, August 29th & Wednesday, August 30th at 8pm.  All performances are at Hyde Park Theatre (511 W 43rd St, Austin, TX, 78751).

Tickets, priced at $20, are available here:

(Enjoy a $5 discount if you buy tickets for both series in the same transaction)

The 4th ANNUAL AUSTIN ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL will feature brand new one-minute plays by:

SERIES A:

Kimberly Belflower, Allison Orr Block, James Burnside, Katherine Catmull, Martha Lynn Coon, Jenny Connell Davis, Trey Deason, Amparo Garcia-Crow, Charlie Gill, Aimée Gonzalez, Ava Love Hanna, Christine Hoang, Julie Holden, Kirk Lynn, Tristan Mercado, Nadine Mozon, Candyce Rusk, Sarah Saltwick, Eva Suter, and Anne Maria Wynter.

Directed by Jenny Connell Davis, Marian Kansas, Ellie McBride, Elizabeth V. Newman, and Brandon Sterrett.

SERIES B:

Rita Anderson, John Boulanger, Raul Garza, Tyler Kosmak, Lindsey Lane, Max Langert, Daria Miyeko Marinelli, Paz Pardo, Jason Rainey, Nettie Reynolds, Sheila Lynch Rinear, Jelisa Jay Robinson, Greg Romero, Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, Hank Schwemmer, Lisa B. Thompson, Megan Thornton, Cindy Vining, and Jennine DOC Wright. 

Directed by Delanté Keys, Christina J. Moore, Patti Neff-Tiven, Jess Shoemaker, and Brianna Smith.

(bolding indicates SW members)

THE ONE-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL (#1MPF) is America’s largest and longest running grass roots theatre company, founded by Producing Artistic Director, Dominic D’Andrea . #1MPF is a social barometer project which investigates the zeitgeist of different communities through dialogue, consensus building, and a performance of 50-100 short moments generated by each community. #1MPF works in partnership with theatres and/or social organizations sharing playwright, educational, or community-specific missions across the country. #1MPF represents 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 ticket sales. Supported programs have ranged from educational programming, youth poetry projects, theatre programs in prisons, playwright residencies and memberships, playwrights salaried commissions, community access projects, arts workshops and other social and artistic initiatives.

Annual partnerships have been created with theaters in over 20 cities including: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Trenton, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Boston, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Seattle, Dallas, Austin, Indianapolis, Anchorage, Honolulu, St. Louis and more, with partnering institutions including Primary Stages, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, New Georges at New York City Center, Z-Space, A.C.T., Trinity Rep, Victory Gardens Theater, Cornerstone Theatre Company, The aPlaywrights 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 Seattle, 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, Samuel D. Hunter, Karen Hartman, Robert Askins, Colman Domingo, José Rivera, Craig Lucas, Mike Daisey, Greg Kotis, Michael John Garcés and over to 1400 celebrated, 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
This program, focused on the daily practice of writing and inspired by Suzan-Lori Parks’ 365 Days/365 Plays project, is back for the 11th year!

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, dramaturgs, and artists. Click on the link above or the Programs tab for complete details and sign-up links.

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MAY 2017 SALON

DELIVERY by Jelisa Jay Robinson
Sunday, May 21st at 6:30pm
Austin Playwrights Studio
5555 N. Lamar, Bldg. K, Ste. 125
When high school juniors Murdr, Mani and Javier find themselves in Ms. Tolivar’s English class, they begin to find themselves and express their views of the world around them.  They compete for a space in the end of the year poetry competition for scholarship money and bragging rights.  Welcome to the world of Black and Brown voices as they navigate living in the hood, police brutality, and the adventures of teen-hood.

Jelisa Jay Robinson is a Negra-Americana playwright from Houston, Texas.  Her play THE STORIES OF US was one of three plays chosen for the Austin Latino New Play Festival (2015) and was produced by Teatro Vivo in 2016. Her piece FAE AND PACIENCIA commissioned by ECHAME UN OJO Latinx Arts festival premiered in 2016.   She was one of 14 playwrights chosen to participate in the first Fornes Playwriting Workshop in 2016 and one of four finalists for the Seattle Public Theatre’s Emerald Play Prize. Robinson is a member of the LatiNegrxs Project and the founder of #Teatrolatinegro, an Afrolatin@ Theatre blog.

*Note that if you intend to have a Salon reading for your own work next season, you will need to have attended at least one Salon in the previous calendar year. This is the final Salon of our season, so take advantage of this opportunity. *

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DRAMATIS PERSONAE WORKSHOP: DREAMING A PLAY – FAST FIRST DRAFT

An Online Workshop with Caridad Svich

Five weeks: May 22-June 12 & June 26

Cost: $200 General/$150 ScriptWorks Members

Nationally recognized playwright Caridad Svich, of Salvage Vanguard Theatre’s Fugitive PiecesThrush, 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.
Enrollment is limited, so claim your spot today! (Payment plans are available. Contact us!)

ABOUT CARIDAD SVICH:

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 this 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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OUT OF INK 2017: Object Lessons

ScriptWork’s 19th Annual Ten Minute Play Showcase
Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St.
April 27-29 and May 4-6, 2017 at 8 PM
Tickets:  $16 general admission, $14 students/seniors/ScriptWorks
April 27 is a Pay-What-You-Wish preview

Get tickets HERE

A dog’s toy, a revered text, planets, and the Statue of Liberty are just some of the objects that reveal their thoughts in ScriptWorks’ 19th annual Out of Ink ten-minute play showcase. The objects and their declarations appear courtesy of one of three contributed rules or ingredients used to write the plays. ScriptWorks members use these elements to create their ten-minute masterpieces over 48 hours during the Weekend Fling.

This year’s ingredients were contributed by Steven Dietz, Professor of Playwriting and Directing at UT; Austin director and Artistic Director of Theatre en Bloc, Jenny Lavery; and Obie Award-winning performance artist/writer/director, Katie Pearl.

The ingredients for this year’s Fling were:

1) The play must somehow feature the thoughts/statements of an inanimate object.

2) The play must contain a ritual of inauguration.

3) Time continually expands or contracts for at least one of the characters.

At the end of the Weekend Fling, the plays were read in a ScriptWorks Salon at the Austin Playwrights Studio.  A selection committee chose eight plays for production in Out of Ink, from the two-dozen that were submitted.  The committee was comprised of non-applying ScriptWorks members Vicki Cheatwood, Joanna Garner, and Michael Mitchell.

The Object Lesson scripts were written by:

Rita Anderson, Lowell Bartholomee, Trey Deason, Amparo Garcia-Crow, Raul Garza, Max Langert, Jason Rainey, and Sarah Saltwick.  The plays will be performed by an ensemble of actors including Mateo Barrera,  Amy Chang, Karina Dominguez, David DuBose, Gina Houston, Michael Joplin, Matrex Kilgore, Gricelda Silva, Reagan Tankersly, Katy Taylor, and Johanna Whitmore. They’ll be directed by Ellie McBride, Rudy Ramirez, Sharon Sparlin, and Lily Wolff. Designers for the project are Lowell Bartholomee, Pam Friday, Taylor Harrison, and Jen Rogers.

 

 

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APRIL 2017 SALON

STALLING FOR TIME by Liz Delaney

Sunday, April 30th at 6:30pm

Austin Playwrights Studio
5555 N. Lamar, Bldg. K, Ste. 125*

We’re all old enough to go to the restroom by ourselves.  My favorite watering hole is an out of the way spot on the way to night school.  It’s in a quiet hallway location, and sits right along my short cut for evening class. After all….the lady standing in front of the mirror looks perfectly normal. Y’all, come meet Eva.

Liz Delaney is a native Texan.   She creates poems, short stories, narratives, and plays. Her most recent event was a performance with the FronteraFest 2017. During the past years, Liz trained with Badgerdog, Taya Kitaysky, and  South Austin Writers Club.  Beginning in 2012, The Baca Center Writers’ Club has included works written by Liz Delaney for their annual  publications. Inspiration and support for her work springs forth from the 40 year union with the dedicated soul who patiently listens to rewrite after rewrite, and then bravely says, “Do it again”.  Thank you, C. Rosen.

*Austin Playwrights Studio 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 Koenig 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: ATTACKING THE ARTIST STATEMENT

Wednesday, April 19th 7-10pm
Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St.

$40 General/$25 ScriptWorks
Sign up HERE

More info:  info@scriptworks.org

You’ve written the play, you’ve found the perfect workshop/festival/writer’s group to take your work to the next level. The only problem now is…how do you knock down the door?
In this workshop, we’ll break down the Artist Statement required on so many submission opportunities, asking “what do they really want to know, and why?” We’ll look at some extremely effective submission materials, and some less effective ones, examine our own, and work together to “crack” the Artist Statement. By the end of this workshop, you’ll have some new, effective tools for crafting your own statements, and several models of what works (or doesn’t) in a statement.

Please bring: a laptop and/or pen and paper, 5 copies of a statement you’ve written for a past opportunity (if you have one), and an idea of which play of yours you’d like to write a statement for.

ABOUT JENNY CONNELL DAVIS:

Jenny Connell Davis’s plays include DRAGON PLAYTHE 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.

Jenny has been an evaluator for the Jerome and McKnight Fellowships, Ars Nova Play Group, and The Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference.

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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FINER POINT

UNDERGROUND by Lisa B. Thompson
March 24-April 8, 2017
Vortex, 2307 Manor Rd.

www.vortexrep.org

A pair of old college buddies who have gone from radicals in their youth to successful professionals approaching middle age. When Kyle shows up at Mason’s door, the two have a chance to catch up, reminisce and, as the evening goes on, engage one another in a battle of intellects over the best road to black liberation. How far would you go to protect your people?

Lisa B. Thompson is an artist/scholar whose work has been produced by Crossroads Theatre Company, Brava! For Women in the Arts, New Professional Theatre, FronteraFest, Theatre Rhinoceros, and the National Black Theatre Festival among others. Her plays include the critically acclaimed off-Broadway comedy SINGLE BLACK FEMALE, MONROE, DREADTIME STORIES: ONE SISTA’S HAIR, MOTHER’S DAY, I DON’T WANT TO BE (MAMIE TILL), THE MAMALOGUES, WATCH, and UNDERGROUND. Thompson is currently Associate Professor of African & African Diaspora Studies at UT Austin and is the author of Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class. Her work has received support from many institutions including Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, the University of California’s Office of the President; Stanford University’s Michele R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research; UCLA’s Center for African American Studies; UT Austin’s Humanities Institute, Hedgebrook, and the Millay Colony.

UNDERGROUND stars Marc Pouhe and Jeffrey DaShade Johnson and is directed by Rudy Ramirez.

UNDERGROUND was developed with support from ScriptWorks Seed Support Fund and this production is supported in part by ScriptWorks Finer Point Fund for New Play Production. The MARCH 29th performance will be a benefit for ScriptWorks to help replenish the fund. Tickets are sliding scale and available HERE.

Come out and see a great show and support ScriptWorks at the same time!

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MARCH 2017 SALON

IN SEARCH OF A BLEAK OUTLOOK by Ty Spencer Hoppe
Sunday, March 26 at 6:30 pm
Austin Playwrights Studio
5555 N. Lamar, Bldg. K, Ste. 125

Seventeen-year-old Henry David Winters has read every word Lord Byron, Edgar Allan Poe, and Sylvia Plath ever wrote. His life’s goal is to be a tortured poet. Problem is… he’s never been tortured. He’s led an idyllic young life, and no matter how much black eyeliner he puts on, or how much Marilyn Manson he listens to, he can’t seem to find the right mixture of angst and malcontent he needs to be like his heroes. All that changes though when something tragic happens to Henry for the first time in his life. Will he be able to turn it to art, like he’s always believed, or will he be proven the poser everyone already thinks he is?

Ty Spencer Hoppe is a graduate of The University of Texas with dual degrees in English and Theatre. He also holds a Master’s in Education from The University of North Texas Denton. He has taught Advanced English on the secondary level for the past five years and currently works at J.B. Connally High School in Austin. The first act of this play is an effort to write for audiences his students’ age. The second half is an effort to write for audiences his own.

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