May Newsletter and Meeting Notice

Our next meeting will be Monday,  May 13th, at 7 PM at the Lowell Center, 610 Langdon Street, Madison. Check kiosk for room.

Parking: Lowell parking is for guests of the hotel and staff only. Nearest parking is the Lake Street Ramp, one block south (you can also enter from Frances Street). Street parking is free after 6 P.M. Try east on Langdon up around the curve or the foot of Gilman Street around the corner from Porta Bella our tavern of choice for apres-reading beer. Porta Bella is on Frances between State and University.

City of Madison Parking Website:  www.cityofmadison.com/transportation/parking.cfm

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Starting around 7:10 we will read :

Follow the Leader ………………… by Juli Johnson :30

Untitled Induction Play ………….. by Brendon Smith :10

Four Scenes ……………………….. by Russ Tomar  :25

*******We need readers, especially women, if any of you actors want to come and read. ******* 

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Elections: Nick Schweitzer was elected as the new president of the group at the April meeting.

Bob Curry will continue as secretary so continue to send your schedule requests or newsletter items to him.

Anyone in the group may post items on the Playwrights Ink Facebook page

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In April we read:

Touched by the Gods ………………………………………  by Nick Schweitzer

Mountain Views ………………………………………………  by Jack Guzman

Better Safe than Sorry  …………………………………….  by Brendon Smith

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Playwrights Ink is on  Facebook     Friend Us 

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‘I don’t consciously start writing a play that involves issues. After it’s done, I sit back like everyone else and think about what it means.’

                                         — Suzan-Lori Parks

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

AUDITIONS – Playwrights Ink 21st Anniversary Showcase coming May 19, 21 and 22nd. Show Runs July 12th – 27th.

Madison Performance Collective and Mercury Players Theater Presents:

Coming of Age
Playwrights Ink 21st Anniversary Showcase

Written by Coleman, George Farrah, Jack Guzman, Jan Levine Thal, Lori Mathews, Brendon Smith

Directed by Casem AbuLughod and Bonnie Balke

A celebration of 21 years of writing and reading and performing has come to the Bartell Theater.

Playwrights Ink is a Madison, WI non-profit association of theater artists dedicated to the development of playwrights and their work. Our members include area playwrights, actors, directors, and theater enthusiasts. We use a reading and critique process beginning with informal readings during our monthly meetings.

Five judges went through many submitted scripts from this talented group of playwrights to choose 7 short plays to feature in this celebration of work.

Produced by Madison Performance Collective and Mercury Players Theater, this show is sure to entertain, touch your heart and most importantly, highlight quality writing by local playwrights.

Audition dates and times:

Sunday May 19, 6 pm to 9 pm

Tuesday May 21, 7 pm to 10 pm

Callbacks Wednesday May 22, 7 pm to 10 pm

Auditions will be held at:
The Neighborhood House
29 South Mills Street
Madison, WI 53715

Actors will read from the scripts that are provided.

Looking for male and female actors age range from 18 to 120.

Need 1 actor for a long monologue. Please specifically note if you are interested in the monologue.

As there are 7 short plays, we can work around schedules i.e. Queer Shorts.

Tech Load in is July 7th. Rehearsals start at the beginning of June.

Show Runs July 12th – 27th

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Playwriting Workshop

On June 1, 2013, Kathleen Allison Johnson and Gail Sterkel will be offering a workshop titled “Enter Laughing (Or Crying):  Write theater plays that will entrance audiences” at All Writers’ Workplace and Workshop in Waukesha, Wisconsin, as part of the Celebrity Saturdays line-up.  Kathy and Gail’s full-length sci fi play, Ten Thousand Moons from Here will be performed at the Bartell Theatre beginning June 13, 2013, produced by KRASS (Kathie Rasmussen Women’s Theatre), in cooperation with the Madison Theatre Guild.

The All Writers’ workshop will focus on crafting 10-minute plays, learning the rules, and then learning how to break the rules. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  The cost is $85.  Gail Sterkel has recently joined the distinguished faculty at All Writers.
For more information regarding All Writers and the one-day workshop in Waukesha: http://www.allwriters.org/seminars.aspx

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Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop and Retreat

When: Jun 17-21, 9:30am-12:30pm each day

Where: Pyle Center, UW-Madison

Cost: $345; $395 after May 20. University credit extra

Continuing Education: 3.0 CEUs (30 hours)

Questions? Email Christine DeSmet or call 608-262-3447

Sponsored by UW-Madison Continuing Studies and UW-Madison Department of English

http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/lsa/writing/wbtl/index.html

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School of the Arts at Rhinelander

Register by Jun 1, get a FREE 50th-anniversary t-shirt!
Register Online

When: Jul 20-24, 2013

Where: James Williams Middle School and Rhinelander High School, Rhinelander, WI

Plus! More than 30 highly qualified instructors

Plus! Gold-anniversary celebrations and other special events

Cost: $20-$300. Click for cost per workshop»

Financial aid available. Deadline Jun 7.

Questions? Email Lisa Kaufman or call 608-262-7389.

http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/lsa/soa/?source=soawisconsin.org

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MEMBER NEWS

The Arsonists 

By Caleb Stone

Directed by Sadie Yi

Coleman, Edric Johnson, Elizabeth Chen & Stephanie Robie

The little town of Plainfield, Wisconsin is plunged into the headlines upon its discovery of the horrific acts committed by one of its citizens: Ed Gein. Two couples grapple with their values, beliefs, and personal morals in the midst of an onslaught of unwelcome media attention; the strain takes a toll on their friendship and changes all of their lives, forever.

Produced by Mercury Players Theater at Bartell Theatre’s Evjue Stage, 113 E. Mifflin St., Madison

Performances: May 10-25, 2013

Performance Times: Friday-Saturday, May 10-11 at 8pm Thursday, May 16 at 7:30pm Friday-Saturday, May 17-18 at 8pm Sunday, May 19 at 3:00pm Wednesday-Thursday, May 22-23 at 7:30pm Friday-Saturday, May 24-25 at 8pm

Ticket Prices: $15 General Admission $12 Students and Seniors Special $10 price for all seats on Wednesday, May 22 ONLY

Call 608-661-9696 extension 5 for reservations or more information.”

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Coleman’s novel  Kidnapping Henry Kissinger is available at Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/ Kidnapping-Henry-Kissinger- ebook/dp/B0078PWPDA/ref=sr_1_ 1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331048524&sr=8- 1

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OPPORTUNITIES

Submission Calendar:

http://www.submissioncalendar.com/

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Written and Edited by Lindsay Price

Marketing Your Play

https://www.theatrefolk.com/spotlights/marketing-your-play

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The Call for Entries for the 2013 VSA Playwright Discovery Program will open in November, 2012. To request these documents in an alternate format, please contact us at  (202) 416-8898 (voice) or  vsainfo@kennedy-center.org.

VSA has an innovative and  Free  Resource Guide for Teachers to help guide teachers and students  through the playwriting process.

The VSA Playwright Discovery Program invites middle and high school students to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others, and express their views through the art of playwriting. Playwrights may write from their own experience or about an experience in the life of another person or a fictional character. Scripts can be comedies, dramas, or even musicals–be creative! Young playwrights with and without disabilities are encouraged to submit a script. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group of up to five students.

A distinguished jury of theater professionals selects up to five scripts as recipients of the 28th Annual VSA Playwright Discovery Award. The selected playwrights receive a $1,000 cash award and a trip to Washington, D.C. over Labor Day weekend to participate in workshops and view a reading of their work on stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/programs/playwright_discovery.cfm

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Articles and Reviews

THEATER REVIEW

One Playwright’s Ode to Another, His Muse

‘The Notebook of Trigorin’ by Tennessee Williams at the Flea

By Charles Isherwood

NY Times: May 8th, 2013

“What writers influenced me as a young man?” Tennessee Williams said in an interview in The Paris Review. “Chekhov! As a dramatist? Chekhov! As a story writer? Chekhov!”  (To continue reading…)

http://theater.nytimes.com/2013/05/09/theater/reviews/the-notebook-of-trigorin-by-tennessee-williams-at-the-flea.html?ref=arts&_r=0

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Her Personal Playwright

By ALEXIS SOLOSKI

NY Times: May 8, 2013

The first collaboration between Kristine Nielsen and Christopher Durang failed, dismally. In 1989 they appeared together in a famously reviled production of Alfred Jarry’s “Ubu Roi,” which the critic Mel Gussow described as “almost relentlessly unfunny” in The New York Times. Ms. Nielsen played the queen. Mr. Durang, in a rare outing as an actor, played Ubu’s conscience. To continue reading:

http://theater.nytimes.com/2013/05/12/theater/theaterspecial/kristine-nielsen-delights-in-durang.html?ref=theater

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Herbert Blau, Iconoclastic Theater Director, Dies at 87

By Douglas Martin

NY Times: May 7, 2013

Herbert Blau, a fiercely iconoclastic theater director, scholar and theorist who staged some of the earliest productions of Beckett, Brecht and Genet in the United States, died in Seattle on Friday, his 87th birthday. To continue reading:

http://theater.nytimes.com/2013/05/08/theater/herbert-blau-iconoclastic-theater-director-dies-at-87.html

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Kierkegaard’s ‘Antigone’

By Ulrika Carlsson

NY Times: May 5, 2013

The Danish philosopher’s revisionist take on an ancient Greek tragedy grappled with the way acts of love, guilt and redemption are intertwined.

To continue reading:

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/?s=Antigone

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Once Upon a ‘Woods,’ Stripped Down

By Neil Genzlinger

Published: May 7, 2013

PRINCETON, N.J. — Little Red Riding Hood turns into Rapunzel. A feather duster turns into a living creature. A prince turns into a stepsister who turns into a cow.

At the McCarter Theater here, Fiasco Theater is putting its spin on “Into the Woods.”

Fiasco, a young New York company whose core members came out of the theater program at Brown University, made quite a splash with its six-actor version of Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline.” That show used double casting, a pinch of music and a bare minimum of props to deliver one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known works in rollicking fashion. From its beginnings in a TriBeCa black box in 2009, “Cymbeline” went on to two other New York runs, as well as a touring life. To continue reading:

http://theater.nytimes.com/2013/05/08/theater/fiascos-into-the-woods-at-mccarter-theater.html

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Some Dessert, After That Meal With Wally

‘André Gregory: Before and After Dinner,’ by Cindy Kleine

“It’s the art of being, not the act of performing,” the experimental-theater director André Gregory muses in “André Gregory: Before and After Dinner,” an indelible, gripping documentary portrait by his wife, Cindy Kleine. “Even emotion can be a mask.” To continue reading:

http://movies.nytimes.com/2013/04/03/movies/andre-gregory-before-and-after-dinner-by-cindy-kleine.html

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Staging a Sisterhood

By PATRICK HEALY

Published: January 31, 2013

The old boys’ club of New York theater, for decades defined by the chummy relationships of producers and directors, is changing with the rise of female directors who are in demand by veteran playwrights as well as hot young writers. … to continue reading:

http://theater.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/theater/female-directors-more-prominent-in-new-york.html?hpw&_r=0

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Universities Join Artists to Conjure the Civil War

By FELICIA R. LEE

Published: February 27, 2013

The National Civil War Project is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the war (1861-65) by developing 12 new theatrical works about, or inspired by, the conflict, as well as scholarly and public presentations and student projects. To continue reading:

http://theater.nytimes.com/2013/02/28/theater/national-civil-war-project-to-yield-commemorative-work.html

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An Extended Family, Sharing Extended Pain

‘Water by the Spoonful,’ at the Second Stage Theater

By CHARLES ISHERWOOD

Published: January 8, 2013

Trouble comes in surging waves for the men and women in “Water by the Spoonful,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Quiara Alegría Hudes that is making its New York premiere at the Second Stage Theater. Almost all the characters in this moving collage of lives in crisis have a grim history — and maybe a grimmer future — of substance abuse. Often their addictions have cost them dearly, leading to poverty, isolation and unbridgeable chasms between once-loving parents and children. To continue Reading:

http://theater.nytimes.com/2013/01/09/theater/reviews/water-by-the-spoonful-at-the-second-stage-theater.html?ref=theater

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Ben Brantley Answers Readers’ Questions

Interview with NYTimes Theater Critic

December 5, 2012

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/05/ben-brantley-answers-readers-questions/

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How to Find Opening Lines That Electrify

Published: October 25, 2012

CALL me Ishmael. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Throw in Tolstoy’s uniquely unhappy families, Orwell’s 13-striking clocks and Nabokov’s loin-firing Lolita, and literature is packed with gangbuster first lines. To read on:

http://theater.nytimes.com/2012/10/28/theater/how-to-craft-an-opening-line-to-electrify-a-theater-audience.html?smid=fb-share

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THEATER; Neil Simon’s Pinball Rules for Playwriting

By NEIL SIMON;

Published: March 22, 1992

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.—  “How long did it take you to write the play?” the young college student queried. I was stumped. I didn’t know. I had no recollection.

Does it start from the moment you put pen to paper? (I don’t type. I write in long, narrow-ruled notebooks that I seem to find only in England, and even there they appear to be fast disappearing. I like to see as much as I can in one glance at a sheet of paper to get a sense of the rhythm and tempo of the words.)

http://www.nytimes.com/1992/03/22/theater/theater-neil-simon-s-pinball-rules-for-playwriting.html

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The National New Play Network   is an alliance of leading nonprofit theaters that champion the development,  production and continued life of new plays. NNPN strives to pioneer, implement and disseminate ideas and programs that  revolutionize the way theaters collaborate to support new plays and playwrights.

http://www.nnpn.org/ about_mission.php

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E-Plays available for download from Sam French

http://www.samuelfrench.com/store/ebooks.php

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Resources :

Winning Writers  Website: More for fiction and poetry writers, but all kinds of good, well-paying contests.

Winning Writers

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The Dramatists Guild of America   was established over eighty years ago, and is the only professional association which advances the interests of playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists writing for the living stage. The Guild has over 6,000 members nationwide, from beginning writers to the most prominent authors represented on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theaters.

The Guild is governed by a Board of Directors elected from its membership, and which currently includes such writers as Stephen Sondheim ( West Side Story, Gypsy, Into the Woods ), Edward Albee ( Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, A Delicate Balance ), Marsha Norman (‘ night, mother ), Tony Kushner ( Angels In America ), John Patrick Shanley ( Doubt ), John Guare ( Six Degrees of Separation ), Lynn Nottage ( Intimate Apparel ) and Rebecca Gilman ( Spinning Into Butter ). The current president of the Guild is Stephen Schwartz ( Wicked, Pippin, Godspell ). Past presidents have included Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, Moss Hart, Alan Jay Lerner, Robert Sherwood, Robert Anderson, Frank Gilroy, and Peter Stone. Past Guild members have included Eugene O’Neill, George S. Kaufman, Arthur Miller, Lillian Hellman, Frank Loesser, Frederick Loewe, and Tennessee Williams.

The Dramatists Guild of America was established for the purpose of aiding dramatists in protecting both the artistic and economic integrity of their work. The Guild believes that a vibrant, vital and provocative theater is an essential element of the ongoing cultural debate which informs the citizens of a free society. The Guild believes that if such a theater is to survive, the unique, idiosyncratic voices of both men and women who write for it must be cultivated and protected.

To that end, the Guild maintains model contracts for all levels of productions, (including Broadway, regional and smaller theaters) and encourages its members to use these contracts when negotiating with producers. These contracts embody the Guild’s over­arching objectives of protecting the dramatist’s control over the content of his work, and ensuring that the dramatist is compensated for each use of his work in a way which will encourage him to continue writing for the living stage.

In addition to its contract services, the Guild acts as an aggressive public advocate for dramatists’ interests and assists dramatists in developing both their artistic and business skills through its publications, which are distributed nationally, and the educational programs which it sponsors around the country.

Through a variety of activities, the Dramatists Guild of America works to ensure that theater in America will continue to flourish and that the voices which give it life will continue to reflect and celebrate the richness and diversity of the American experience.

A note to Guild Members: A re-imagining of the Members-only portion of our site is currently in development and will be made live in stages, beginning with public Member profiles in early 2011. All Guild Members and Associate members will be notified via email the moment each new portion of the site becomes available. In the interim, any information you require can be obtained by phoning the Guild offfices at: (212) 398-9366.

http://www.dramatistsguild.com/

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dmoz, open directory project
http://www.dmoz.org/Arts/Writers_Resources/Playwriting/  

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Playwriting Opportunities
http://www.playwritingopportunities.com/Playwriting_Theatre_Resources.htm  

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Play Publishers:
Below is a short list of play publishers. Browse their online catalogs to see if your play will be a good fit before querying. I’ve noted the ones that have contests or other special instructions. Click the publisher’s name to go the submission guidelines page.

Baker’s Plays – e-queries OK, has a contest for high school students, markets to religious institutions, regional theatres, universities, high schools and children’s/family theatres.
Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. – e-queries OK, full-length plays only.
Brooklyn Publishers – e-queries OK, NO musicals, markets mainly to middle, junior high and high schools.
Dramatists Play Service, Inc. – NO e-queries or submissions, all plays/musicals must have a production history.
Pioneer Drama Service – e-queries OK, has a contest, markets to schools and “family-oriented theatres.”
Samuel French, Inc. – NO e-queries or submissions, has a contest, markets to amateur and regional theatres, prefers plays/musicals appropriate for family, junior and high school markets, though will consider plays with more adult themes if they have had successful productions.

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The History of Playwrights Ink can be accessed and read at the Madison Public Library (main branch) on 201 West Mifflin St. in the Local Material File (Pamphlet File ) on the first floor. The file lists Associations alpha betically.

You may also access Playwrights Ink History and read it at the University of Wisconsin Memorial Library, 728 State St. It is cataloged so people will know it’s available and can be found and used there in the Madison Archives.

Should you have any problem locating our files, speak to a librarian. No material may be removed from these libraries regarding the History of Playwrights Ink. Please return info exactly where you found it.

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Playwrights Ink Participation: Anyone is welcome to attend Playwrights
Ink monthly meetings. If you want a play or scene read, you must pay the $10
annual dues and contact Bob Curry to get it in the schedule. If you have any issues or concerns about the group’s activities or governance, would like to post an item in the monthly newsletter, or want help finding actors to read your play at the monthly meeting, contact Nick Schweitzer.