The Weekend Fling, where members have 48 hours to write a ten-minute play using 3 contributed ingredients is around the corner. Whether you’re a member or a new play lover, there’s something for you:
- The Fling Workshop: WRITING A SHORT PLAY WITHIN 48 HOURS
An online Dramatis Personae Workshop with Christin Eve Cato
Tuesday, November 14th, 7:30-9 PM
Sliding Scale: $15-$35
You’re given some source material. Now you only have a few hours to incorporate all this information and write a 10-minute play. So, what do you do next? How do you optimize the time and information you’ve been given to create a short play with fully developed characters and a clear, concise story? After participating in several iterations of 48-hour and 24-hour play festivals in NYC (Obie-award-winning Harlem 9, Pregones Theatre, INTAR, and The Musical Theatre Factory), I’ve learned that there’s an art to this challenge. In this workshop, I will share what I’ve learned, and offer some strategies to use before and during the writing process that will help you deliver a play you are proud of!
Christin Eve Cato
is a playwright, dramaturg, and performing artist from the Bronx. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Indiana University and completed her BA in Political Science and Philosophy at Fordham University. Cato is also a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music and Art and the Performing Arts. She is affiliated with NYC theater companies, Pregones/PRTT (ensemble member & former Resident Dramaturg), INTAR Theatre (UNIT 52 ensemble member), and the Latinx Playwrights Circle. She is also a playwright in the WP Theater 2022-2024 Pipeline Lab. Cato’s artistic style is expressed through Caribbean culture and the Afro-Latinx diaspora, honoring her Puerto Rican and Jamaican roots. Her recent play productions include the Off-Broadway sensation, Sancocho
(co-produced by The Latinx Playwrights Circle, The Sol Project, and WP Theatre), and
(The Peoples Theatre Project/Pregones Theatre).
Recent dramaturgy credits include: Somewhere
(Geva Theatre Center), Torched
(PRTT), The Comedy of Errors
(The Public), and Hamlet
(Classical Theatre of Harlem/ The Folger Theatre). Publication/Contributor credits include: We Are Not Neutral
(Amazon Books), Latinx Actor Training
(Routledge), and Sancocho
(coming soon, Concord Theatricals). She is repped by WME Agency and 3 Arts Entertainment. www.christinevecato.com.
The workshop is open to members and the public.
- Happy Hour Kickoff, Friday, November 17th, 5:30-7:30 pm (Central Market on North Lamar)
Members are invited to hang out and have a beer or a bite and hear the official reveal of the Fling ingredients
- Member Write-Up, Saturday, November 18th at 4:30 pm (Epoch Coffee on North Loop)
This month’s writing meet-up is the Fling Edition. Come write for an hour and hang out with other members in the throes of creativity.
Sunday, November 19th at 5:30 pm
Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St.
The culmination of the Weekend Fling, the Fling Salon is where the 48-hour fruits of labor will be revealed. ScriptWorks will provide an ensemble of actors to cold-read the hot-off-the-printer scripts with casting on the spot. This Salon is open to the public so all are welcome!
Eight of the plays written in the Weekend Fling will be selected for production in our Out of Ink short play showcase in May. You must be a member to write for the Fling and have your work considered for Out of Ink. Click on Memberships above to join.