Playwrights Local’s PlayLab Features Staged Readings and Workshops for Aspiring Playwrights

Writing Tools

Wed 4/12 @ 7:30PM
Sat 4/15 @ 11AM

Playwrights Local’s 2nd annual PlayLab and Spring Workshops are right in line with the relatively new company’s mission of developing and producing local playwriting talent.

On Wed 4/12 it will present a staged reading of Simon Barros’ Twice Told Tales, directed by Terrence Spivey, with dramaturgy by Lenora Inez Brown. It will be followed by a reception.

Then on Sat 4/15, the company will host a series of workshops and performances starting at 11am with a workshop by Mike Geither on how to get that spark of inspiration. After a break for lunch, Arwen Mitchell will host a workshop on how to write a history play.

At 3:30pm there will be a staged reading of Mary Wilkinson and Deb Dyer’s The Unexpected Advocate, a fictional play based on the change in Ohio law that allowed battered woman syndrome to be introduced as a murder defense, following Governor Celeste granting clemency to more than two dozen women convicted of killing their abuses. Nick Hrutkay directs the staged reading; Eileen O’Leary is the dramaturge.

After a break for dinner, Logan Cutler Smith’s The Panther Dancer, which sounds like it was inspired by the career of Michael Jackson (“traces the arc of a childlike pop-star’s life… a sidelong glance at a meteoric rise and tragic fall) will be given a staged reading directed by Tyson Douglas Rand, with dramaturgy by David Todd.

All events are open to teens and adults, and take place at the Creative Space at Waterloo Arts. They are free although there is a suggested donation of $10.


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