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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 ...

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
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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
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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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OUT OF INK 2016: Carry On

CarryOn-web2ScriptWork’s 18th Annual Ten Minute Play Showcase
Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St.
April 28-30 and May 5-7, 2016 at 8 PM
Tickets:  $16 general admission, $14 students/seniors/ScriptWorks
April 28 is a Pay-What-You-Wish preview

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A grieving widow, a pilot under siege, a captive woman, and a man who has given up on love are just a few of the people who figure out how to carry on in ScriptWorks’ 18th annual Out of Ink ten-minute play showcase. The only objects available to the characters are what will fit in a carry-on suitcase, one of three contributed rules or ingredients used to write the plays. ScriptWorks members mold these elements into their ten-minute masterpieces over 48 hours during the Weekend Fling.

This year’s ingredients were contributed by Obie-award winning playwright, Caridad Svich; Austin scenic designer and co-director of paper chairs, Lisa Laratta; and Head of Playwriting/Directing at UT and Rude Mechs Co-Producing Artistic Director, Kirk Lynn.

The fodder for this year’s Fling was:

1) All props and scenery must be able to fit into, and include, a carry-on suitcase
2) A character in the play must write a note for another character which the audience never gets to hear.
3) The sound of the land

At the end of the Weekend Fling, the plays were read in a ScriptWorks Salon at the Austin Playwrights Studio.  A selection committee picked eight plays for production in Out of Ink, from the three-dozen that were submitted.  The committee included free-lance director and ScriptWorks board chair, Debbie Lynn Carriger; and non-applying members Larry Herold and Rhonda Kulhanek.

The Carry On scripts were written by:

Katherine Catmull, Carolyn Kennedy,  Briandaniel Oglesby, Sheila Lynch Rinear, Adam Sweeney, Megan Thornton, Lisa B. Thompson, and Anne Maria Wynter.  The plays will be performed by an ensemble of actors including Roxy Becker, Zac Carr, Kristin Chiles, David DuBose, Jennifer John, Michael Joplin, Matrex Kilgore, Taji Senior, and Johanna Whitmore. They’ll be directed by Caleb Britton, Ellie McBride, Christina J. Moore, Linda Nenno, and Rudy Ramirez. Designers for the project are Lowell Bartholomee, Pam Friday, Shelby Gebhart, and Brooks Naylor.

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APRIL 2016 SALON

AUTOMATIC WEAPONS & BOUNDLESS LOVE by James E. Burnside
Sunday, April 24th at 6:30pm
Austin Playwrights Studio
5555 N. Lamar, Bldg. K, Ste. 125*

What they don’t tell you when you become a foster parent.

James E. Burnside has been a foster parent to teen-aged women for 10 years and a playwright for longer than that.  Late last year the two came crashing together.

*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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MARCH 2016 SALON

CHRISTY by Cindy Vining
Sunday, March 20 at 6:30 pm
5555 N. Lamar, Bldg. K, Ste. 125*

Christy, founder and Executive Director of  nonprofit powerhouse AWARE (Alliance for the Worldwide Advancement of  Reconciling Experiences),  returns to her childhood home for her mother’s funeral to find that her old high school flame married her mother on her deathbed, and has inherited the house.   To make matters worse, Roger is sleeping with Christy’s younger sister, Bev.

Cindy Vining writes and acts with Hourglass Productions, alongside Amy McAndrews and Johanna Whitmore.  Their credits include:  EDGES, T-MINUS, THE COWBOY FROM CORONA, and PECK.

*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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FEBRUARY 2016 SALON

TBD by Megan Thornton
Sunday, February 28th at 6:30pm
Austin Playwrights Studio
5555 N. Lamar, Bldg. K, Ste. 125*

Lena and Brigham drive to Roy’s house in the mountains of north central Idaho for the weekend  They have gotten married the day before.  Roy is Lena’s father.  It is Brigham’s first opportunity to meet Roy, and the introduction goes along more or less smoothly–until Roy’s ailing house cat Cougar is accidentally let outside.  What follows is an accounting of accountability.

Megan Thornton is a general theater type living here in Austin.  This is her first ScriptWorks Salon reading.  Hell yeah.

*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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JANUARY 2016 SALON

PIG. A REQUIEM FOR THE 90s by Raul Garza
January 31 at 6:30pm
Austin Playwrights Studio
5555 N. Lamar, Bldg. K, Ste. 125*

In this new full-length comedy, a generation sandwiched between hippies and hipsters struggles to find meaning in the present, and comfort in the past. Grunge, high-waists, plaid-lots of plaid- and shameless idealism dot a revisited urban ‘90s landscape as friends dare to dig deeper into a very shallow time. Pig…reflects on mistakes made in the name of passion, and dreams kept alive by the promise of fulfillment.

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 received the National Latino Playwriting Award, and earned a B. Iden Payne Award nomination for Outstanding Original Script. His short play, MyHEB garnered FronteraFest 2015 Best of Fest accolades. 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.

*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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