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CELEBRATE OUR 20TH ANNIVERSARY!

ScriptWorks is 20 years old! Check out this video to learn a little about our journey.

See below for information about our 20th Anniversary Celebration Weekend!

 

 

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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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DREAMING A PLAY: FAST FIRST DRAFT WORKSHOP

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, THE START OF THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FRIDAY, MAY 18. 

An Online Workshop with Caridad Svich
Five weeks: May 18-June 15 
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 right HERE! (Payment plan 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 last spring. Her play Red Bike is the recipient of a 2018 NNPN Rolling World PremiereShe 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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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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DOCUMENTARY PLAY-MAKING WORKSHOP RESCHEDULED!

Tuesday, May 8, 7-10pm
Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Rd.

$40 General/$25 ScriptWorks members
Purchase Admission HERE

KJ Sanchez, founder and CEO of American Records and author of documentary plays such as ReEntry and X’s and O’s will conduct a three-hour workshop on documentary play-making. She will cover identifying your subject, interview techniques, and models for script development and production.

ABOUT KJ Sanchez:
KJ is the founder and CEO of American Records, dedicated to making theater that chronicles our time, theater that serves as a bridge between people. She is also an Associate Professor at UT Austin and head of the MFA Directing program.
She is the director, co-author and producer of ReEntry, which has been performed at theaters across the country as well as over 50 military bases and hospitals in the US and abroad, the author of X’s and O’s, a documentary about American Football and is currently writing a documentary play about the US Refugee Resettlement Program. As a playwright, KJ’s been produced at (select list) Berkeley Rep, Playmakers Rep, Asolo Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Two River Theater Company, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Frontera Rep, Round House, Cornerstone Theater Company and Off-Broadway at Urban Stages and Here Arts. Her plays are published by Playscripts.com. KJ has directed across the country, including Off-Broadway. As an actor KJ performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and internationally including the Toga-Mura Festival in Japan and the IberoAmericano Festival in Bogota, Columbia. (She is also the voice of many characters on the cartoons Dora the Explorer and Go Diego Go.) KJ is a Fox Fellow, Douglass Wallop Fellow, and a recipient of the 2014 Rella Lossy Playwright Award and a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts/TCG Career Development Program. She is an Associate Artist with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and The Civilians in New York as well as a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect.

 

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OUT OF INK 2018: Lost & Found

ScriptWork’s 20th Annual Ten-Minute Play Showcase
Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St.
April 26-28 and May 3-5, 2018 at 8 PM
Tickets:  $16 general admission, $14 students/seniors/ScriptWorks
April 26 is a Pay-What-You-Wish preview

RESERVATIONS/INFORMATION HERE

Mementos of long-lost loves, articles of clothing, a painting, and the brain of a deceased president are a few of the lost things to be found in this year’s Out of Ink production thanks to one of the three contributed rules or ingredients used to write the plays. ScriptWorks members employed these elements to create their ten-minute masterpieces over 48 hours during the Weekend Fling.

In honor of ScriptWorks’ 20th Anniversary Season and the 20th Out of Ink, we enlisted our original rule-contributors to reprise their roles this year. Casting director Vicky Boone, Austin Chronicle Arts Editor Robert Faires, and playwright Sherry Kramer provided the following ingredients:

1) An object lost 20 years ago is found.
2) At least one character must experience a reversal of fortune.
3) The play must include a folk dance.

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 thirty-two plays that were submitted.  The committee was comprised of non-applying ScriptWorks members Stephen Bittrich and Sheila Lynch Rinear, and lighting designer Jennifer Rogers.

The Lost & Found scripts were written by:
Robin Anderson, Martha Lynn Coon, Pelita Dasalla, Ava Love Hanna, Max Langert, Sandy Maranto, Briandaniel Oglesby, and Megan Thornton.  The plays will be performed by an ensemble of actors including David Barrera, Roxy Becker, Karina Dominguez, David DuBose, Matrex Kilgore, Cherry Mendoza, Mindy Rast-Keenan, Jaime Romero (aka Althea Trix), Taji Senior, Nguyen Stanton, Rommel Sulit, and Vincent Tomasino. They’ll be directed by Ellie McBride, Christina J. Moore, Rudy Ramirez, and Sharon Sparlin. Designers for the project are Lowell Bartholomee, Pam Friday, and Patti Neff-Tiven.

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APRIL 2018 SALON

EVERYTHING’S GOING TO BE OKAY by Max Langert
Sunday, April 29 at 6:30pm
Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St.

Rebecca, a woman in her 70s, finds a savagely wounded young man in her living room one day, and promptly calls her old flame to ask him to come over and do something about it. When he arrives and nonchalantly covers the body with a blanket, Rebecca asks him what he’s been up to and why he brought a bottle of wine.

This is a play about relationships, about loss, about the triviality of everyday interactions, about ice cream, about loneliness, and about what makes a place feel like home.

Max Langert has had plays produced in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and Nashville. He’s a regular participant in FronteraFest and has been a featured storyteller at Testify, Austin Bat Cave and Listen To Your Mother. He’s got cute, wacky kids, enjoys cloudy weather, and writes ScriptWorks’ weekly newsletter.

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MARCH 2018 SALON

THE EVOLUTION OF DARWIN by Steve Warren
Sunday, March 25 at 6:30pm
Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd. St.

In this romantic comedy, an unsuccessful playwright suddenly finds success when he secretly adapts a woman’s real-life failing marriage for the stage, but when he develops feelings for this woman, he must choose between her and his writing career.

A former Navy pilot and high school English teacher, Steve Warren now dedicates his time to writing for stage and screen.  His play REBEL YELLS, winner of Northern Kentucky University’s YES Festival, has been produced in nine theatres across the country and was nominated for 11 Austin Circle of Theatre Awards.  GONE TO TEXAS, the musical for which he wrote the book, has been produced multiple times in several Texas theatres and was given a reading at New York’s York Theatre.

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FEBRUARY 2018 SALON

(UNTITLED PLAY) by J. Isabel Salazar
Sunday, February 25 at 6:30 pm
Austin Playwrights Studio, 5555 N. Lamar Blvd, Bldg. K, Ste. 125*
 
Death is not the disrupter of lives but rather his son, Grief.  This untitled play is an adaptation of ALCESTIS set in New Orleans balancing between physical and spiritual moments complicated with Time.  Loss of a loved one wrestles with each character as they choose how to process the emptiness.  Unlike the original Alcestis, I’m taking the story inside the house, behind the closed doors where Grief has become its new resident.  Through movement, video projection, and pillow forts, this piece comes alive as a site responsive experience searching for an answer… or maybe a possibility.  Can we honor the wishes of the dead while making the space for us to move on?  What do we mean by life after death?  Is the casserole the best dish for a funeral?   
 
J. Isabel Salazar: I challenge Fate on the meaning of Destiny.  Plays are dreams of the future, but also conscious of the past and society’s present, creating work that moves and is reflective of humanity.  My work is designed for perception and subconsciousness, the community and the individual.  Searching for a space of connection.  Hunting down a spark of conversation between strangers and lovers, sinners and innocents.  No matter if it is classical or new, I believe the play should speak to our diverse cultures, genders, and generations, connecting us through our collective human condition.
A native Tejana, I have lived in Austin for 20+years.  With an MFA in Writing for Performance from California Institute of the Arts 2013, I have worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Eugene O’Neil Theatre Center and The Orchard Project.  In 2013, I was awarded the Kennedy Center ACTF Latinidad Playwriting Award and was a semi-finalist for the National Playwrights Conference.  My work has been performed at the Edinburgh Fringe 2012 and FronteraFest Best of Fest 2006.  
*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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