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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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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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JANUARY 2018 SALON

RUBY by Raul Garza
Sunday, January 28 at 6:30pm
Austin Playwrights Studio
5555 N. Lamar, Bldg. K, Ste. 125

Tapping virtual reality, vanguard brain doctor Belén seeks to reinvent brain trauma therapy. But is her unconventional approach a legitimate scientific advancement? Or just a cruel opportunity to play God? Incorporating science, the soul, magical realism, and poetry, Ruby leads us to ask, “Where should I be?” and “How can I get there?”

Raul Garza is an Austin-based writer who tells stories that resound with culture 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 recognition. Raul’s full length plays include Sanctuary, Cura, Confessions of a Mexpatriate, Ruby, There and Back, and El. His short story “In the Room” won the 2014 Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest. “Running Bear” and “LeBaron” were cited for Honorable Mention by the 2017 and 2014 Texas Observer Short Story Contest. When not writing, Raul teaches yoga, devours pop culture, and serves as creative director of TKO Advertising.

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FRONTERAFEST 2018

FronteraFest is a five-week long performance festival that ScriptWorks co-produces with Hyde Park Theatre annually. We commission four pieces for the Short Fringe, which appear weekly on Weds. nights. Every year, several of our members are involved in FronteraFest. Below are the members who are taking part this year. For the full festival line-up and to purchase tickets visit Hyde Park Theatre.

SHORT FRINGE

Tues. Jan. 16
Texas Book of Beasts by Jeff Irvin. Series of extremely short skits dealing with gnats, gnus, bats, okra, raccoons, quail, pickups, skinks, javelina, daddy-long-legs, burghers, toads, ocelots, shoats, warts, mosquitoes, Neiman Marcus, dioramas, and minnows.
Weds. Jan. 17
La Gattina by Raymond V. Whelan. New York Police Department Lieutenant Murray reveals untold details of a horrific crime to Kitty, the victim’s ghost.

Pong: The Musical by Max Langert featuring music by Liam & Jules Langert (ScriptWorks Commission). The future is uncertain in this black and white world. Only lateral movement will help us survive.

Thurs. Jan. 18
Do You Feel Safe Yet? by Tyler Kosmak. A collection of scenes on the theme of safety, directed by Megan Weaver.

#DeadMommyJokes by James E. Burnside.  A one­ act play.

Fri. Jan. 19
Little Art Table, Written and Directed by Marla Porter. Creativity can help overcome one’s insecurities and smallness and children give a master class!

At the Highland Mall, by Jennifer Griffin Graham, adapted by Kyle John Schmidt. A dark comedy about two sisters’ trip to a mall­ turned ­ossuary for answers from the bones of the recently deceased. Adapted from the Jennifer Griffin Graham short story by siblings Kyle and Jadrien Schmidt.

Stapleface, with Clayton Cook, Brett VerVoort, Kyle Berthusen, Franny Harold, Paul Harrison, Nikita Rekar, and Tevis Paxton (EGGS)
Opening this past September to rave reviews, “Stapleface” is a sketch comedy show comprised of several interwoven scenes dealing with such subjects as shame, passion, loss, and love. EGGS’ writers and performers aim to push the boundaries of the traditional sketch experience through outrageous characters, visceral performance, and minimal frills ­ no costumes, no stops, all funny. Directed by Anthony Ellison

Tues. Jan. 23
Meat by Sean Sweeney. A man cooks meat for his girlfriend who refuses to eat it.

The Kitty-Cat Brigade by Tristan Young Mercado. Three liberal women break onto the White House lawn in an attempt to rescue the First Lady.

Weds. Jan. 24
Haggis by Ava Love Hanna (ScriptWorks Commission). A couple’s search for adventure at a desert nudist resort lands them in rural Scotland with an inscrutable groundskeeper and inadequate wardrobe. A new comedy by Ava Love Hanna; starring Anne Hulsman, Weldon Phillips, and Travis Dean.

Thurs. Jan. 25
ChuTopp with Estevan J. “Chuy” Zarate and Topping Haggerty. Improvised show that ridiculously embraces the classic criminal caper and all the humorously intricate character dynamics that come with such nefarious endeavors.

The Servant Girl Annihilator by Lorenzo Martinez and Laura Creedle. Eliza and Michael work in a haunted house based on Austin’s infamous 19th century Servant Girl Annihilator murders.

Fri. Jan. 26
Mister Starbuck by Raymond V. Whelan. Mrs. Flanagan jumps out of her bedroom window the day Astronaut John Glenn orbits the Earth. Her daughter Michelle and granddaughter Evelyn aren’t feeling so great, either.

Tues. Jan. 30
Mother Tree written and performed by Laura Freeman. This is an autobiographical piece on death, grief, and healing.

Weds. Jan. 31
5 reasons to write a song and 1 reason not to by Robin Chotzinoff. Robin Chotzinoff and Shelly Leuzinger bring back their 30-seconds-too-long-for-FronteraFest 2017 musical psycho-romp.

Foxing by Greg Romero (ScriptWorks Commission). They start with a dance then exhaust themselves further. Their exercises are led by a human who is also a fox named Beatrice. Aaron and Charlie drink water, do burpees, transform into wild animals, and unfold pieces of paper the fox keeps handing them, confronting the most difficult moment they keep trying to bury. Performed by Errin Delperdang, Kelly Hasandras, and Olivia O’Hare.

Thurs. Feb. 1
Into the Light written and performed by Marla Porter. One woman’s tale of coming back to life after a thirteen-year depression. Directed by Max Langert.

Fri. Feb. 2
Hero On The Clock by Anthony Ellison. An office Hero emerges from the sheep and gains the leverage to ask for a raise.

Tues. Feb. 6
Awww, The Magic of a Full Moon! by Marilyn Smith. A man and woman bump into each other. Is this by accident, or is it fate? The relationship grows from that first encounter to drinks at a bar, through the first fight, and finally towards reconciliation. As they converse with each other, the audience gets to hear their private thoughts to what the other just said. The humorous differences between the opposite sexes leave open the question of the pull of universal forces on relationships.

Fly Girl written and performed by Christine Hoang. As a Vietnamese-American girl growing up in the 90s, Christine always wanted to be Carrie Ann Inaba, the “Asian Fly Girl” on In Living Color. Two decades later, she finally gets her chance when she auditions and gets cast as a 90s hip-hop dancer in a local sketch comedy show Doper Than Dope, run by a team of Millennials. Throughout this process, Christine, a Gen Xer, learns that Millennials are not the “entitled” generation, but the “make it happen” generation.

Everything I needed to know about misogyny, I learned in kindergarten by J. Whitney Williams. The account of how I developed my ethical framework. We all have stories we don’t like to tell. This is mine.

Weds. Feb. 7
River of Haircuts by Kyle John Schmidt (ScriptWorks Commission). A new play by the multiple Best-of-Fest-winning team of writer Kyle John Schmidt and director Elizabeth C. Lay.

Thurs. Feb. 8
Cheating M’Fers by Ty Spencer Hoppe. Short play dealing with adultery, starting over, and the gay-male-straight-female friendship dynamic.

This Side of the Window written and directed by Tristan Young Mercado. Highlights the angst created when a middle-aged couple compare their lives to that of their younger, hipper new neighbors.

Fri. Feb. 9
Big Iron Fires by Greg Romero. Gwen goes off-script so she can listen to you. Lost characters from a different play, a volunteer from the audience, a song, and a gun. We don’t know everything that will happen. Directed by Jess Shoemaker.

Gospel Hour by Dan Caffrey. Inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s “State Trooper,” Gospel Hour catches a police officer parked on the side of the highway, reflecting on his past misdeeds in a moment of severe crisis.

BRING YOUR OWN VENUE

Strip the Musical, by Amparo Garcia-Crow with composer Arthur Shane

The Living Room Storytime for Grownups, in association with Dillo Arts and Associates, present . . . STRIP THE MUSICAL. Strip takes the true stories of Candy Barr, Lenny Bruce, and Josephine Baker and tells the “naked truth” of their historic tales as one in this “Best Little Whorehouse Meets Godspell at Our Town.”

Recommended for mature audiences. If teens attend, they should be accompanied by a parent.

Marchesa Theatre, Austin Film Society Event Hall
6226 Middle Fiskville Road, Austin 78752

Tickets: $20
January 23 (Sneak Preview), 24, 25, 26, and 27 at 8:00 pm; January 28 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm

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DECEMBER 2017 SALON

Three for FronteraFest
Sunday, December 17 at 6:30pm
Austin Playwrights Studio
5555 N. Lamar, Bldg. K, Ste. 125

THE LINKLATER QUESTION by C. M. Gill
Is the idea of “true love” a bullshit fairy tale that can’t possibly survive the harsh realities of time and “everyday” life? Or, can we truly and deeply connect romantically with another person and stay in love with – and steaming hot for – them year after year after year? These and other questions are up for debate in The Linklater Question. Yes, that Linklater. His Before movies are just too damn thought provoking to ignore, so, really, he had this coming, but, what with the soul searching, puns, and humor that will ensue, perhaps what we’ll have is an homage. Or, perhaps not. You decide . . .

C. M. Gill is a playwright, novelist, and writing instructor living in Austin, TX.  When she’s not writing or teaching, she can be found about town hiking the Greenbelt, playing board games with her nephews, or attempting to play the flute.  Her pug, Dempsey, wants to know where the hell she goes every day without him, and her cat, Oberon, predicts she’ll obey more of his royal edicts in 2018…

TEXAS BOOK OF BEASTS by Jeff Irvin
Series of extremely short skits dealing with gnats, gnus, bats, okra, raccoons, quail, pickups, skinks, javelina, daddy-long-legs, burghers, toads, ocelots, shoats, warts, mosquitoes, Neiman Marcus, diaramas, and minnows.

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).  There was a reading of a full length version of the current Short Fringe Play at ScriptWorks in 2016.

MEAT by Sean Sweeney

A man cooks meat for his girlfriend who refuses to eat it.

Sean Sweeney is new member of ScriptWorks and is participating in his first FronteraFest.

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