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Play for Keeps
The 2013 season of the Play for Keeps playwriting workshops has come to a successful end! Interspersing weeks of staged readings with the workshops themselves has proven to a great combination this year. Thank you to all this year's participating writers. We're also greatly appreciative of the performers and directors who presented the readings, and a special thanks to everybody who came out to watch, listen, and discuss the plays.
Our final reading of the season, scheduled for Sunday, November 3, has been postponed. Please watch this space for an announcement of when it will be rescheduled.
A Little History
Launched in 2006, Stockyards Theatre Project's Play for Keeps continues to fulfill the Stockyards mission of giving volume to
the voice of women by creating positive, substantial roles in plays for women performers.
In Play for Keeps, participants begin by bringing in any ideas they have for scenes, characters or scenarios and begin developing a play structure, style and character. Through the workshop they bring their voice into a dramatic structure and begin to share their work for facilitated group feedback. Stockyards Producing Artistic Director Francesca Peppiatt, who created the initiative, conducts these critique sessions. Participants include emerging playwrights as well as actors who have never written or who are working on a show for themselves and need somewhere to develop. This program is also helpful for actors who may not be ready to start writing but would like to participate in the creative process while strengthening their cold reading skills. American Theatre magazine had this to say about Play for Keeps.
Stockyards Theatre Project
6549 N Ashland, #1S
Chicago, IL 60626