AMERICAN DREAMING

A NEW PLAY FESTIVAL

THE TENT AT SWIFT HOUSE INN

25 stewart lane, MIDDLEBURY

STAGED READINGS STARTING FRIDAY, AUGUST 19 

WORKSHOPS STARTING THURSDAY, AUGUST 18

*BUY A PASS FOR ALL THREE DAYS, OR INDIVIDUAL READINGS AND WORKSHOPS

READINGS:
TICKETS $15 Individual Play
PLAY SERIES PASS $40
WORKSHOPS:
TICKETS $20 Individual Workshop
WORKSHOP PASS $50

MIDDLEBURY ACTING COMPANY PRESENTS AMERICAN DREAMING UNDER THE TENT AT SWIFT HOUSE INN

In Middlebury, Vermont August 18, 19 & 20

Performances Friday @ 7pm, Saturday @ 2pm and 7pm

After receiving over 100 submissions from playwrights across the country, Middlebury Acting Company has selected three vibrant new plays that address the question: What does the American Dream mean today? The festival aims to amplify three exciting new voices in theater, support the chosen playwrights as they continue to develop their plays, and invite the community to engage with the new play development process through staged readings, moderated talkbacks with the playwrights, and playwriting workshops. This is the first festival of its kind in the area – we hope you’ll join us for what is sure to be an exciting weekend!

The Playwrights:

 
Friday, AUGUST 19 at 7pm     BUY TICKETS

Griswold by Angela J. Davis

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

 

 
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 at 2pm     BUY TICKETS

Natchetochez by Seth McNeill

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 at 7pm      BUY TICKETS

American Deal by Donna Hoke

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

The Workshops:

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18 from 6-8pm     BUY TICKETS

Revision: Taking the Next Steps
Led by Karina Jutzi

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.

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19 from 4-6pm     BUY TICKETS

The Playwright’s Workout
Led by Eugenie Carabatsos

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.

Eugenie Carabatsos writes character driven scripts for the stage. She graduated with her BA from Wesleyan University in 2010, and her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2016. When she’s not writing, she teaches at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 FROM 10am-NOON         BUY TICKETS

Playwriting & Social Justice
Led by Gina Stevensen

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!

Gina Stevensen has been a guest lecturer at Hunter College, NYU, and the University of Arkansas. MFA Playwriting: Columbia University. More at www.ginastevensen.com

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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