October Newsletter and Meeting Notice

Our next meeting will be Monday,  October 20th, at 7 PM, at the Lowell Center, corner of Langdon and Frances Streets, Madison. Check kiosk for room.
Parking: Parking on street is free after 6 PM. The closest ramp is between Lake and Frances.
City of Madison Parking Website:  www.cityofmadison.com/transportation/parking.cfm
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Starting around 7:10 we will read:
Violence of the Education (scenes) ….. by Christopher Wolter :30
Eureka (scenes) ……………………………. by Gary Kriewald :20
Jihadist Play (conclusion)………………… by Mark Lajiness :30

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In September we read:
Jihadist Play (opening scenes) ……………….. by Mark Lajiness

Readers were: Ronna Trapanese, Jason Compton, Chris Wolter, Alan Gold
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Playwrights Ink is on  Facebook

Anyone in the group may post items on the Playwrights Ink Facebook page
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One had the right to write because other people needed news of the inner world, and if they went too long without such news they would go mad with the chaos of their lives.

– ARTHUR MILLER, “The Shadows of the Gods”
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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
OCTOBER 19th DEADLINE
Seeking Monologue Submissions for Monologue Show “Happy Hour”

Lightbridge Theatre is in the process of producing a new Monologue Show consisting of several short monologues with the theme “Happy Hour.” This will be our first annual Monologue Show with different topics to be presented yearly, and we are opening up submissions for writers to have their work seen. This will be a two show event over the course of one weekend.

Guidelines are as follows:

Rule: Original Work Only
Theme: Happy Hour” (whatever that means to you)
Style: Comedic, Dramatic, anything in between.
Length: 3-7 minute monologue to be delivered by a single person on stage
Set: Bare stage (or on the set of the venue’s current show), will have access to two chairs, table, personal props if needed
Tech: Lights up, Lights down, No specials.
Audience: General including few minors. PG13.
Deadline: October 19th 5:00pm
Submit to: Bigfatitalianwed@gmail.com. Include your full name, email, phone number and a 50 word bio for the program. Also include written permission for us to perform and videotape your written work. If chosen, you will be notified via email by 10/23/14.

If are in the Chicagoland area and have a performer in mind for your piece or if you want to perform it yourself please include this info with your submission. Otherwise we would hold auditions and cast in house or will cast from our pool of actors who can perform your work.

This would be an unpaid gig. If your monologue is selected, as a writer you would be invited to attend the show for free, your monologue would get production credit and we would give you a link to the show video.

We are in the process of booking the venue. We are looking at an early December weekend, but if that doesn’t work we are open to producing after the New Year. We will update all chosen submissions with performance information once solidified.

If you’re interested in submitting, we are looking for several short 3-7 minute monologues for this show. You can send in more than one if you like. We will choose 10-12 entries for the show depending on the length. Selections will be at our discretion as to what fits into the theme and guidelines. Please email it to Jane at: BigFatItalianWed@gmail.com no later than October 19th. Selection list will be emailed out by October 22. We’ll keep participants appraised of the production status.

Thanks!
http://lightbridgetheatre.wix.com/home

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***Since the previous submission calendar link redirects you to a Japanese pop-porn site, here’s a new one … looks like a lot of interesting opportunities for submission***
http://www.womenarts.org/funding-resources/theatre-ongoing-calls/
Sanguine Theatre Company Now Accepting Submissions for Annual Project Playwright Competition
From October 15 through November 30, Sanguine Theatre Company will accept submissions for its annual Project Playwright Competition. The winner of the competition receives a fully-produced world premiere of their play in New
York City as a part of Sanguine’s 2015 season. to continue reading:

http://www.broadwayworld.com/off-off-broadway/article/Sanguine-Theatre-Company-Now-Accepting-Submissions-for-Annual-Project-Playwright-Competition-20141016
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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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If you know of drama, playwriting, acting, directing classes around Madison and Southern Wisconsin, let me know at rcurry319@gmail.com and I’ll post them for anyone who reads this newsletter or our Facebook page.

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New Submission Calendar:
http://www.womenarts.org/funding-resources/theatre-ongoing-calls/
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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:
‘Recipe’: Playwright salutes older women in political farce

By Chad Jones

San Francisco playwright and actor Michael Gene Sullivan had a compelling reason to create his play “Recipe,” which receives its world premiere from Berkeley’s Central Works: “I wanted to create roles for women of a certain age,” he says.

Sullivan points out that women rule in the theater, both in the audience and onstage, and yet women of that certain age — let’s say 50 and beyond — see onstage opportunities dwindling or being limited to the nutty aunt, the annoying granny or the lady who types a letter for the lawyers. to continue reading:
http://www.sfgate.com/performance/article/Recipe-Playwright-salutes-older-women-in-5825423.php
Playwright speaks out about play canceled at local school
CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. —

The playwright of one of the most performed plays in high schools across the country defended his storyline Thursday after learning a performance was cancelled at a Catawba County high school.

“Almost, Maine” is a romantic comedy that tells multiple love stories, including one between two men. to continue reading:
http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/playwright-speaks-out-about-play-canceled-local-sc/nhkyB/
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‘Zealot’ at SCR continues playwright’s topical work

By Michael MillerOctober 16, 2014 | 5:02 p.m.

Given how quickly circumstances change around the globe, Theresa Rebeck’s new play may evoke some unplanned responses when it premieres at South Coast Repertory.

But if it does, Rebeck has been there before — and so has Marc Masterson, the Costa Mesa theater’s artistic director. to continue reading:

http://www.dailypilot.com/entertainment/tn-dpt-et-1017-theresa-rebeck-marc-masterson-south-20141016,0,1572257.story

(stories from previous months)

Creating a Supply Chain of Work by Female Playwrights
Group Called the Kilroys Releases List of Plays by Women

By PATRICK HEALYJUNE 16, 2014
All but daring American theaters to put on more new plays by women, an advocacy group of female writers and producers released a list of 46 such works on Monday that have been recommended for production by dozens of other playwrights, dramaturges and artistic directors. To continue reading:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/17/theater/call-for-theaters-to-produce-more-plays-by-women.html

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Dan O’Brien and Suzan-Lori Parks Win Horton Foote Prize

By PATRICK HEALY SEPTEMBER 3, 2014

The playwrights Dan O’Brien and Suzan-Lori Parks are the 2014 recipients of the Horton Foote Prize, given every other year to honor excellence in American theater. The prize committee announced on Wednesday that Mr. O’Brien’s “The Body of an American” received the award for outstanding new American play, while “Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3)” by Ms. Parks was selected for promising new American play. To continue reading:
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/03/dan-obrien-and-suzan-lori-parks-win-horton-foote-prize/

 

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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. SCOTTAUG. 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 BRANTLEYJULY 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 ISHERWOODAUG. 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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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.

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 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 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.

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