Summer was, no surprise, VERY busy and September is already off to Florida for the winter. There has been a lot of adventuring and lot of writing since our last Wash! Here’s a little recap of our annual summer retreat and the first entry from a new series, Playwright on the Run, featuring reports from our playwrights as they go off into the world spreading their seeds of creativity. Our first report comes from LRR playwright and co-founder Natalie Wilson. We, of course, as always start our wash with some fabu LRR playwright events and projects you should be checking out!
FROM LATHER RINSE REPEAT | CREATIVE SOCIAL MEDIA
What’s a hashtag? Do you need one? Can you reach out to theaters and gatekeepers via social media? Should you?
These questions and many more–ranging from the most basic to the more high level–will be discussed in depth at this fun workshop on social media and the creative artist. We’ll also focus on best practices and examples of playwrights who have built new relationships online and raised the visibility of their work.
Full line-up to be announced so check our website for event and ticket details.
October 22 , 7:30pm to 9:30pm | THE SHOP at CAP21 | $20 (includes light refreshments)
FROM JEN BROWNE | SEARCHING FOR SEBALD w/ DECONSTRUCTIVE THEATRE PROJECT
Some of you may recall that when not chillin’ with LRR Jen Browne is off working as an ensemble member with Deconstructive Theatre Project. Their most recent venture Searching for Sebald is in process ahead of an in process showing at Gowanus Art + Production. More below.
Inspired by the writings of “memory’s Einstein” W.G. Sebald and the developmental theories of neuroscientist Semir Zeki, Searching for Sebald is at once a live performance, a documentary film, a road movie, and a ghost story that meanders from the thinly populated countrysides of the English North Sea coast to the densely overlapping landscapes of the human mind. The production is the second in The Deconstructive Theatre Project’s series of live cinema projects exploring relationships between live performance, neuroscience, and interactive technology.
Gowanus Art + Production presents two preview performances of Searching for Sebald
October 21 & 22, 2015. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
More about SEARCHING FOR SEBALD
We already know our playwrights are industrious little writing bees but here’s just a little more proof!
LRR member Amanda Keating has just been accepted into EST’s Youngblood family and joins fellow LRR member Mariah MacCarthy.
Gina Femia, Matt Barbot, and Jen Browne are all following in Jeremy Wine’s footsteps as they join Pipeline Theatre’s PlayLab Class of 2016. Their joined by a slew of amazing playwrights and we can’t wait to see what the year brings.
PLAYWRIGHTS PICK-NIC: A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF OUR ANNUAL SUMMER RETREAT
This summer’s retreat was a stay-cation but we still spent plenty of time out doors. Day one we opted to leave our computers at home and with notebooks and pens in hand headed to Central Park for a literal picnic and a bunch of fun writing prompts and activities, all centered around picking.
Highlights of the weekend include: writing prompt scavenger hunt, group story telling with a frisbee, and getting a whole lot or writing done.
PLAWRIGHT ON THE RUN: IN TRANSIT | REPORT WRITTEN NATALIE WILSON
I was IN TRANSIT to work on my play IN TRANSIT!
My short play, IN TRANSIT, was chosen for the New Play Development Workshop in Montreal this August. IN TRANSIT was a play I originally wrote for the Lather Rinse Repeat short works program in May 2014: NOW BOARDING J/K! #FML #DELAYED. It’s wonderful that this little piece born out of a LRR collaboration is having a life beyond!
This New Play Development Workshop was the first time I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Montreal, or of getting to travel somewhere to work on one of my plays. I wove it in to a grand vacation, riding my motorcycle up to Montreal through Vermont (route 100 is the perfect motorcycle road), then continuing on from Montreal — my husband having joined me at the end of the festival — to travel west through Ontario, down through Michigan, and back east across Ohio, Pennsylvania, and home. 2,800 miles all told! It was incredible.
But back to the play… The workshop was hosted by ATHE, the Association for Theater in Higher Education. Who knew such an amazing organization existed? An association for the college professors who shape, encourage, and inspire upcoming young theater artists. I met so many lovely, passionate people there, who are in it not for the glory but for the love of the art and passing that on. I love that the association places such a huge priority on the development of new works as part of their annual conference — not only do they do the new play workshop, they also have an award for a full length play, which receives a prize and a rehearsed reading at the conference as well.
For the workshop, I was teamed up with a director, dramaturg, scenographer, and two wonderful actresses to work on my piece. The organizer of the workshop, Judith Royer, handpicked the teams months in advance, doing her best to match personalities and working styles. She nailed it for me. I received great input on the script from the director and dramaturg a couple of months in advance, allowing me time to do rewrites before arriving in Montreal. Then once in Montreal, adding the input of the actors and seeing how things worked, I was able to further shape the piece over the 4 days before the final performance. It is a rare opportunity, I think, to get to have that kind of input and time to work on a short play. While a short play will never make a playwright famous, there are a lot of great opportunities to participate in festivals and get your name out there, so having a well-crafted short play will be (I hope!) a great asset.
The final performance of the workshop included feedback from Gary Garrison (Executive Director of Creative Affairs at the Dramatists Guild) and David Crespy (playwright and professor of playwriting at the University of Missouri). Their feedback on IN TRANSIT was very positive and constructive, so I now have a few more tweaks to put in the play before I start sending it out hither and yon to more festivals. I hope this little play will get to travel to even more cities than New York and Montreal.