August Newsletter and Meeting Notice

Our next meeting will be Monday, August 18th, at 7 PM at the Lowell Center, 610 Langdon Street, Madison. Check kiosk for room.

** The Lowell Center does not have a room for us in September. The location of our September meeting will be announced in the next newsletter **

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, generally our tavern of choice for an apres-meeting drink. 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:
Love U Forever; Flip a Coin (Act 2) …………… by Kurt Brown :45
“Isaac”……………………………………………………. by Deb Meyer :10
“European Vacation”………………………………… by Deb Meyer :10
Untitled ………………………………………………….. by Brendon Smith :10
“The Violence of the Education” ………………… by Christopher Wolter :25

**   Playwrights: please cast the actors who volunteer to read for us first. * *

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In July we read:
Love U Forever; Flip a Coin (Act 1) ………………. by Kurt Brown :45
Eureka (scenes) ………………………………………… by Gary Kriewald :20
“Skillet Creek” ……………………………………………. by Sam Gutierrez

Readers were: Chelsea Anderson, Katie Erdman, Autumn Shiley, Susan Kurry, Jane Leahy, Jason Compton, Christopher Wolter, Micah Herstand, Mark Lajiness,
(my apologies if I forgot anyone)
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Online play submissions calendar. Check it out. Thank you, Brendon Smith.

http://www.submissioncalendar.com/
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Another resource. Thanks, Betty Diamond:

Welcome to The Playwrights’ Center’s Writer’s Opportunities listings, the nation’s best collection of information for working dramatists. We do the research so our member playwrights can spend more time focused on writing. This extensive database of information contains information on contests, theaters, publication and submission opportunities. We add opportunities and search categories weekly to keep the information up-to-date and easy to search.
http://www.pwcenter.org/members-opportunities.php
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BBC Radio Dramas:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/programmes/genres/drama/player

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Avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason boys – to woo women – and in that endeavor, laziness will not do.                                                                                             — Robin Williams (1951-2014) Dead Poets Society
A man’s illness is his private territory and, no matter how much he loves you and how close you are, you stay an outsider. You are healthy.

— Lauren Bacall (1924-2014)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS and OPPORTUNITIES
To Members of Playwrights Ink:
I am working with Friends of Unitarian Universalists and The Madison Institute on a new low-power FM radio station, WMUU. I am the Program Director and want to produce regular, contemporary radio dramas.

We hope to get WMUU on the air in early Fall.  The main studio will be located at 122 State St., home of The Fountain, and we will reach a 10-mile radius. Programs will also be podcast.

I am also considering applying for a Cultural Affairs grant to put toward these radio play productions.
Kelly Warren
We’ll keep you updated on this potential opportunity.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/programmes/genres/drama/player
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The Edgewood Theater Department has offered to make its new black box theater available for public readings of plays that have been read at P.I. meetings and that are ready for the stage.  If you have a work that you want to have considered, and if you are willing to do most of the work of casting, rehearsing, and producing, contact Nick Schweitzer, who will act as liaison with Edgewood.
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MEMBER NEWS
If you are in a show, directing a show, have written a show being produced somewhere, let me know and I’ll put it in the newsletter and you may post it on our Facebook page.
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Spoke, by Coleman, reviewed in Isthmus
http://www.isthmus.com/daily/article.php?article=41125
http://www.spokesinthewheel.com

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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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CONTESTS AND SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES
Submission Calendar:
http://www.submissioncalendar.com/

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The Playwrights’ Center

2301 East Franklin Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55406-1099
http://www.pwcenter.org/
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Playwrights Foundation
http://www.playwrightsfoundation.org/
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The Playwrights Project
http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Plot-Line—WordPlay–PiP—-More-.html?soid=1102494320324&aid=5N4hi_k4A2g

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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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Articles and Reviews:
That Voice, and the Woman Attached

Lauren Bacall’s Debut in ‘To Have and Have Not’

By MANOHLA DARGIS AUG. 13, 2014

 

Her voice comes at you low and flat, wildly insinuating, electric and lingering. In another age, Lauren Bacall’s voice might have been called mannish. When she opened her mouth in “To Have and Have Not” — taking a long drag on a cigarette while locking Humphrey Bogart in her gaze — she staked a claim on the screen and made an immortal Hollywood debut. But in 1944 at the exquisitely tender age of 19, she was also projecting an indelible screen persona: that of the tough, quick-witted American woman who could fight the good fight alongside her man. To continue reading:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/14/movies/lauren-bacalls-debut-in-to-have-and-have-not.html?ref=arts&_r=0

 

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Busy Working, Robin Williams Fought Demons

 

By MICHAEL CIEPLY and BROOKS BARNESAUG. 12, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Peering through his camera at Robin Williams in 2012, the cinematographer John Bailey thought he glimpsed something not previously evident in the comedian’s work. They were shooting the independent film “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn,” and Mr. Williams was playing a New York lawyer who, facing death, goes on a rant against the injustice and banality of life.

His performance, Mr. Bailey said Tuesday, was a window into the “Swiftian darkness of Robin’s heart.” The actor, like his character, was raging against the storm.To continue reading:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/13/business/media/busy-working-robin-williams-fought-demons.html?contentCollection=movies&action=click&module=NextInCollection&region=Footer&pgtype=article

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Robin Williams, an Improvisational Genius, Forever Present in the Moment

 

By A. O. SCOTT AUG. 11, 2014

 

Some years ago, at a party at the Cannes Film Festival, I was leaning against a rail watching a fireworks display when I heard a familiar voice behind me. Or rather, at least a dozen voices, punctuating the offshore explosions with jokes, non sequiturs and off-the-wall pop-cultural, sexual and political references.To continue reading:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/12/movies/robin-williams-an-improvisational-genius-forever-present-in-the-moment.html?action=click&contentCollection=Media&module=RelatedCoverage&region=Marginalia&pgtype=article
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Rent-Stabilized, but Otherwise in Flux

Stephen Adly Guirgis’s ‘Between Riverside and Crazy’ NYT Critics’ Pick

By BEN BRANTLEY JULY 31, 2014

“Between Riverside and Crazy,” the rich new play from Stephen Adly Guirgis at the Linda Gross Theater, resides in an in-between land of its own. I’d locate it somewhere south of cozy and north of dangerous, west of sitcom and due east of tragedy.

 

Not surprisingly, those who occupy this prime real estate are not to be wholly trusted, since what they say always shimmies between truth and fiction. For theatergoers who are tired of the clear-cut eithers and ors of most mainstream play writing, “Between Riverside and Crazy,” which opened Thursday night in a deliciously mounted Atlantic Theater Company production, is a dizzying and exciting place to be.To continue reading:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/01/theater/stephen-adly-guirgiss-between-riverside-and-crazy.html

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Beyond Shakespeare’s Wildest Dreams

By CHARLES ISHERWOOD AUG. 12, 2014
STRATFORD, Ontario — Visitors to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival expect a generous array of works by the playwright in whose honor it was founded in 1952. But this year, in a nod to Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, the artistic director, Antoni Cimolino, decided to present, for the first time in the festival’s history, two productions of a single play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” To continue reading:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/13/theater/beyond-shakespeares-wildest-dreams.html?rref=theater&module=Ribbon&version=context&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Theater&pgtype=article

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Story Lines (and More) Assembled in Parts

In ‘Daredevil,’ Gary Winter Weaves Quirky Stories

By ALEXIS SOLOSKIAUG. 8, 2014
The playwright Gary Winter has created a monster. Kind of. In “Daredevil,” at the Brick, he’s invented a character, Missy, who assembles a creature out of various corpses. “He just needs a finger — then he’s done,” she explains proudly.To continue reading:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/09/theater/in-daredevil-gary-winter-weaves-quirky-stories.html?rref=theater&module=Ribbon&version=origin&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Theater&pgtype=article
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(stories from previous months)

Looking Back at Nadine Gordimer’s Life and Work

By JOHN WILLIAMS
Accepting the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991, Nadine Gordimer, the South African writer who died on Sunday at 90, said: “I am what I suppose would be called a natural writer. I did not make any decision to become one. I did not, at the beginning, expect to earn a living by being read. I wrote as a child out of the joy of apprehending life through my senses — the look and scent and feel of things; and soon out of the emotions that puzzled me or raged within me and which took form, found some enlightenment, solace and delight, shaped in the written word.” To continue reading:
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/14/looking-back-at-nadine-gordimers-life-and-work/?action=click&contentCollection=Books&module=RelatedCoverage&region=Marginalia&pgtype=article

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Nadine Gordimer reads ‘The Centaur’ by José Saramago
José Saramago tackles the conflict between mind and body in ‘The Centaur’, says Nadine Gordimer

http://www.theguardin.com/books/audio/2012/dec/26/nadine-gordimer-jose-saramago-centau

 

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Sexual Tension and Other Diversions

‘The Qualms,’ by Bruce Norris, at the Steppenwolf Theater
By CHARLES ISHERWOOD JULY 13, 2014

CHICAGO — Wait, is this a sex party or a debating society?

 

You half-expect someone onstage to pipe up with this pertinent question during “The Qualms,” a new comedy by Bruce Norris having its premiere at the Steppenwolf Theater here. The four couples gathered at a handsome beach house for an evening of what was once called swinging are ostensibly frisky and ready to repair to the “party room” for some no-strings-attached frolicking. To continue reading:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/14/theater/the-qualms-by-bruce-norris-at-the-steppenwolf-theater.html?ref=arts
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New Brooklyn Theater Casts Audience in Crucial Role

Four Plays by African-American Playwrights

By RICHARD MORGAN JULY 4, 2014

The four plays speak to a grim period in American history, touching on slavery, lynching and broader issues of racism. Two of the plays are by Harlem Renaissance writers, including Zora Neale Hurston. One was commissioned by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People right after its founding at the Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side.

 

And now they are being dusted off by a young theater company in Brooklyn. To continue reading:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/05/nyregion/african-american-playswrights-new-brooklyn-theater-casts-audience-in-crucial-role.html?_r=0
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Ruby Dee, a Ringing Voice for Civil Rights, Onstage and Off, Dies at 91

By BRUCE WEBERJUNE 12, 2014
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/13/arts/ruby-dee-actress-dies-at-91.html?ref=theater&_r=0
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Sex, Violence and Power, With a Feminist Slant

By ALEXIS SOLOSKI, JUNE 12, 2014

 

A few years ago, the British playwright Penelope Skinner found herself in an editing suite, staring at a woman’s breasts. She had written an episode of “Fresh Meat,” a sitcom about college students, which contained a sex scene. The woman in it had just a few lines, and Ms. Skinner didn’t want her to serve as merely a source of titillation. So in the script she’d stated, “She does not take her top off.” To continue reading:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/15/theater/sex-violence-and-power-with-a-feminist-slant.html?rref=theater&module=Ribbon&version=origin&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Theater&pgtype=article
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Fair warning, provoking a thought is literature’s job
By Kathleen Parker, Washington Post, May 20

Just when you thought American higher learning couldn’t get any more ridiculous, along come demands for warning labels on provocative works of literature.
One never knows when a sentence, phrase or word might trigger some buried memory or traumatic experience. Life is a veritable assault on the excessively sensitive, but somehow most of us muddle through. C’est la vie, after all. To continue:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/kathleen-parker-fair-warning-provoking-a-thought-is-literatures-job/2014/05/20/9cc6635e-e056-11e3-9743-bb9b59cde7b9_story.html

 

 

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San Jose Repertory Theater Closes Down

By ALLAN KOZINN JUNE 11, 2014

The San Jose Repertory Theater, one of the biggest theaters in Silicon Valley, announced on Wednesday that it had shut down.

 

The 34-year-old theater had a $5 million budget and typically put on six or seven plays a year. It was slated to present the American premiere of Joe Penhall’s “Landscape With Weapon” next week. To continue:
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/11/san-jose-repertory-theater-closes-down/?ref=arts
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In Performance: Adrian Lester of ‘Red Velvet’

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/15/in-performance-adrian-lester-of-red-velvet/?ref=arts
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In a Complex World, Youth Who Have Lost Their Way

The Tribeca Film Festival Begins Its 13th Season
By STEPHEN HOLDEN
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/16/movies/the-tribeca-film-festival-begins-its-13th-season.html?action=click&contentCollection=Movies&region=Footer&module=MoreInSection&pgtype=article
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Leslie Lee, Playwright Who Enlarged Black Life Onstage, Dies at 83

By BRUCE WEBERJAN. 22, 2014

 

Leslie Lee, a playwright whose award-winning work, much of it with the Negro Ensemble Company, focused on stretching the boundaries of the African-American experience as it was portrayed on the stage, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 83. To continue reading:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/23/theater/leslie-lee-playwright-of-black-life-dies-at-83.html
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Q. and A. | Playwright Thomas Bradshaw on Race, Porn and Suburbia

CULTURE By TIM MURPHY JANUARY 29, 2014, 6:00 PM

 

Thomas Bradshaw’s plays have elicited belly laughs from some viewers and disgust from others. Naysayers have called the 33-year-old playwright’s shows, which include “Purity,” “Burning” and “Job,” “ugly fantasies” and “horror shows.” One Chicago theater critic went so far as to warn Bradshaw to get out of town. The reactions are due to the fact that Bradshaw, who is black, stages outrageous behavior — including child rape, racially charged sex and modern-day slavery — in casual, conversational ways. To continue reading:
http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/29/q-and-a-playwright-thomas-bradshaw-on-race-porn-and-suburbia/

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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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Resources :
E-Plays available for download from Sam French

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

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 alphabetically.

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 (third Monday, 7PM). If you want a play or scene read, you must pay the $10 annual dues and contact Bob Curry. 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.

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