STAGED READINGS STARTING FRIDAY, AUGUST 19
WORKSHOPS STARTING THURSDAY, AUGUST 18
*BUY A PASS FOR ALL THREE DAYS, OR INDIVIDUAL READINGS AND WORKSHOPS
Inspired by the forgotten history behind the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that established a right to sexual privacy, and fusing magic realism, docudrama, and comedic truth, “Griswold” mines the spirit and drive of the overlooked 65-year-old woman whose actions set the Griswold case in motion, the extraordinary events leading to establishment of the right of sexual privacy, and the essential link between sexual privacy and personal dignity.
Angela has degrees from Stanford and UCLA. More at AngelaJDavis.com
Preparing to share Easter dinner, the Turpin family discusses the day’s mass shooting in nearby Natchetochez, a small town in the Deep South. After it becomes clear that one of their own might be caught up in the momentous events in town, the family is confronted with questions of how well they know themselves and each other, what it means to be “one of us” and how to handle history that they’d prefer to be myth.
Seth lives with his wife Lori in a very old house in the Hudson Valley, and is re-learning all of that carpentry stuff his dad taught him. More at www.sethmcneill.com
Clive Jenkins. A husband. A father. A writer with an MFA. An addict. A man who, sixteen years ago, gunned down a stranger, and still can’t say why. Clive’s most successful attempts to examine his life come when he puts pen to paper, pouring out his demons in stories. Now, he’s got a chance at parole, and a six-figure book deal that might help him get it—if he can prove he’s a changed man. This play asks: what do we owe those we purport to rehabilitate and what do we owe their victims?
Donna also been serving the Dramatists Guild in various capacities since 2012, is an ensemble playwright at Road Less Traveled Productions, advocate, blogger, New York Times published crossword puzzle constructor; and children’s and trivia book author. More at donnahoke.com
You have a first draft, now what? Many writers are daunted by the revision process, but good re-writing is the key to good writing. In this workshop we will look at a few different scripts and how they have changed through the editing process, as well as get tips and tricks for tackling your own work.
Karina Jutzi is a playwright, poet, and essayist. Her plays have been produced across the country, and her drama Where All Good Rabbits Go, was published through Original Works Publishing and was named the Best of Equity theater in 2018. She recently moved to Vermont to start a family farm.
A generative playwriting workshop containing a series of short writing exercises designed to aid all stages of the writing process. Whether you have a draft of a play or a kernel of an idea, this workshop aims to free playwrights from the confines of what or how you “should” write, as each exercise focuses on a different element of writing including character building, dialogue, writing within constraints, and world building. Think of a HIIT class but for playwriting: you’ll leave feeling challenged, but strong, and connected to your piece in a new way.
What does it mean to write a socially conscious play? How do you begin? What can help you along the way? Through a combination of group discussion and writing exercises, we’ll explore practical tools for creating meaningful new work at the intersection of theater and social change. Come with an idea in mind or a completely blank page. All experience levels welcome!
The Tent at Swift House Inn
25 Stewart Lane
Middlebury, VT 05753
The Box Office is also open one hour prior to performances.
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