Lit Playwriting Class (2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8)
When? 6 Thursdays: February 1- March 8 from 7-9:30pm
Where? EDCJCC Library and Conference Room
Do you imagine fantastic stories and scenarios in your head? Do you hear vivid characters talking to each other wish individual voices? Do you wish you had the tools and skills to put these scenes and dialogues down on paper? Join us for our first ever dramatic writing class, taught by award-winning playwright Renee Calarco, and try your hand at playwriting.
The class will meet for six sessions, during which time students will cover the basics of playwriting. Using prompts, guided exercises, and occasional on-your-feet devising work, the group will explore the specific skills that go into writing dynamic and engaging dramatic text (including writing believable dialogue, establishing stakes and conflict, and developing interesting characters). The work will culminate in the development of a 10-15 minute short play, which will be read out loud by professional actors in the final session of the class. This unique opportunity will allow you to experience the very first stage of the rehearsal process, which ultimately brings a playwright’s vision to life.
This class will be conducted as a small-group seminar and will be limited to a maximum of 10 students.
Renee Calarco is a D.C.-based playwright and teacher. Her plays include The Religion Thing (2013 nominee for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play), Short Order Stories (2007 recipient of the Charles MacArthur Award), G-d’s Honest Truth (Helen Hayes Recommended), Our National Museum of the Unforeseen Tragedy, The Kids’ Table, a new musical, The Mating of Angela Weiss, Bleed (Top 30 Finalist, The Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival), First Stop: Niagara Falls, The 12 Days of Christmas, and others. Her plays have been produced, developed, or commissioned by Theater J, The Welders, Charter Theater, Geva Theatre, Project Y, Pinky Swear Productions, Adventure Theatre, The Theatre Lab, Doorway Arts Ensemble, The Jewish Plays Project, and the Source Theatre Festival. Renee teaches both playwriting and comedy improv at The Theatre Lab. She’s a founding member of The Welders.