This workshop may live in infamy as the first (and almost certainly last!) time that a workshop leader was attacked with a trash can. Well, almost attacked. It was for educational purposes!
Our playwriting team and guest authors, Jessica Blank and Erika Sheffer, used the innovative genre of site-specific theatre to dig into what gives a great play its heartbeat, no matter where it’s being performed: the dialogue. We investigated how the characters’ interactions with one another are influenced by where they are. Two people breaking up during yoga class, whispering between poses, would probably have been very different dialogue than they would if they were breaking up at a construction site screaming over power tools. Right?
Of course, no Playwriting Workshop would be complete without getting some of our mentors and mentees up on stage! We asked groups to think about how the dialogue in the scenes they’d written earlier in the day might change if they were set somewhere completely different, and the results were so much fun for our performers and workshop partipants alike. Everyone left empowered to unleash their works of theater on the world, wherever they may find a stage. Or abandoned hospital. Or boardwalk. Or park bench. Or subway car.
From The Workshop
- Roberta Yadira Nin Feliz, Site-Specific Playwriting
Father: What did you do in school?
Father: So then why do you go to school if every day you go, you do nothing?
Rose: Ay papi
Rose: Why do you drink?
Father: To forget. Read more
- Shannon Daniels, Site-Specific Playwriting
Young Woman: Can you change the channel?
Young Girl: You can surf if you want.
YW: No, I mean, can you?
YG: I don’t know, can you?
YW: Come on.
Young woman puts her glass on the counter with a little too much force.
YG: Maybe a little bit of humor can fix my tum-
YG: Ah, let me joke while I can. Read more
On The Blog
“Suddenly, I was transported back to those high school performances I had long since tucked away in my memories: the giddy energy of creating a believable scene with peers and the joy of performing, no matter how small the role.”