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DECEMBER 2017 SALON

THREE FOR FRONTERAFEST
Sunday, December 11 at 6:30pm
Austin Playwrights Studio, 5555 N. Lamar, Bldg. K, Ste. 225

DOG by Marla Porter

In DOG, a young family faces a common problem that threatens to break them apart.

Marla Porter is a lifelong Austinite who writes plays and poetry and ascribes to Tolstoy’s declaration that the best stories are not good vs. bad, but good vs. good. She organizes the Austin Writers’ Breakfast meetup group, works as a policy editor with the Texas Workforce Commission, and lives with her dog Mimi in North Austin.

TEA TIME by Raymond V. Whelan

This is London. Early fall 1986. Two bookies want fast cash.  Sandy needs bread for business in Dublin, also for his imminent date with Laura, one brill Kensington girl. Wally needs dough to pay for his father’s burial. Lysis the barmaid offers funds from her Uncle Jasper who wants to bet the Boston Red Sox will win the World Series.

Raymond V. Whelan is a proud member of ScriptWorks Austin. He has participated in Frontera Fest since 2012.

MYSTERY-BOUFFE 2017 – A COMEDY IN SIX ACTS (working title) by James E. Burnside

The Amerikan Ship of State is sinking.  The Contemptibles pull together to rescue the ship with the inspiration of their fearless leader.  They throw open the gates of Hell to toss in the illegals, the queer, the brown.  They tear down the gates of Heaven to drag out the “peacemakers” who would allow terrorists to destroy us.  The Liberals wring their hands and whine.

James E. Burnside is a playwright, a member of ScriptWorks’ board, and a helluva bean dip-maker.

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WEEKEND FLING and NOVEMBER 2016 SALON

The Weekend Fling is ScriptWorks’ annual 48 hour playwriting event where members use their incurable writing habit to create a ten-minute play in 48 hours.   Muses are provided in the form of three rules/elements that MUST appear in the play.  The Fling is FREE, but you must be current (or get current) on your member dues to participate and put your play into consideration for Out of Ink.  The Fling is primarily virtual this year but we are having a Happy Hour Kickoff Friday, Nov. 11th from 6-8 at Opal Divine’s South ( in Penn Field, 3601 S. Congress).  We’ve reserved part of the back room so we can hang out and socialize before the rules are revealed around 7pm. The ingredients will be emailed to all members, for those who can’t attend. You do not have to live in Austin to participate or have your play produced in Out of Ink.

FLING SALON
Sun, November 13, 5:30pm-?
Gather at the Austin Playwrights Studio* to read the fruits of your fling!  To be read, your play must be typed, and NO MORE than 10-minutes long (a timer will be used), and you must bring the appropriate number of copies for actors and stage directions.  SW will provide a company of actors and casting will happen on the spot.

*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 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: THE MAGIC OF REVERSALS

THE MAGIC OF REVERSALS with Ann Marie Healy
Tuesday, November 1st, 7-10pm
Hyde Park Theatre
511 W. 43rd Street

$40 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.

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OCTOBER 2016 SALON

WHAT LIVES IN THE WOODS by Tyler Kosmak
Sunday, October 30th at 6:30pm
Austin Playwrights Studio
5555 N. Lamar, Bldg. K, Ste. 125*

A father takes his son deep into the woods to teach him how to hunt but all Arnold wants to do is read. Every Animal has an Other name, at least that’s how the story goes. Arnold would lose himself in fables if Dad would stop trying to shoot the Animals in them. The forest is full of lessons to live by but which can be trusted? As Arnold searches for a way to save the Animals and find a happy ending the stars grow dim and the forest grows dark – something lurks in the woods and it is hungry.
Inspired by and adapted from Aesop’s Fables, WHAT LIVES IN THE WOODS explores the choices made when growing up, the long memory of stories, and the lessons parents give to their children.

Tyler Kosmak has had several one act plays staged at UT while he was a student there (earning an oh so useful bachelor’s degree in Playwriting) including Falling Snow an adaptation of the classic tale of Snow White and Waking Up which put a twist on the Hard-Boiled/Noir genre.
Tyler hopes to take the things learned in this reading and put them toward a full production of WHAT LIVES IN THE WOODS in the very near future.

*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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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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