Play for Keeps
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Play for Keeps
It may not feel like it, but spring is coming, and the new season of the Play for Keeps playwriting workshop is coming right along with it! The kick-off event on April 7 will present work that was developed in P4K's 2013 workshops:
Join us at Unity Lutheran Church, 1212 W. Balmoral Avenue (at Magnolia), close to the Berwyn Red Line stop (street parking is also available). It all starts off at 7:30. Details about the dates, times and location of the 2014 workshops themselves will be announced soon.
- "Rebecca's Spot" by Tanise Robnett
- "Jos and Brit Make Toast" by Luca Suvvi
- "Pritchard's On Fire" by Laura Nessler
- "Ody and Sam's Epic Drive" by Mallory Primm
- "Settling" by Julie Pearson
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.
Words and Music
Stockyards is hard at work on a collaborative venture with Midwest New Musicals at Light Opera Works to present this series of concert readings of new musicals. Midwest New Musicals' mission is the development of musical theater writers and the creation of original musicals. It provides an intensive program that allows writers to explore the use of music, lyrics and dialogue through hands-on assignments that introduce them to musical theater forms and collaborative techniques. These new pieces are developed in the workshop and, when they're ready, presented to the public in the Words and Music concert reading series.
Women's Performance Art Festival
This fall, Stockyards Theatre Project returns to its roots by bringing back the Women's Performance Arts Festival! For several years, Stockyards presented this festival featuring a wide variety of performance: drama, music, improv, dance, storytelling, sketch comedy, stand-up, and more. Although the event has been on hiatus for a little while, it will be returning to the Stockyards schedule in 2014. We'll be posting more information as it becomes available.
Stockyards Theatre Project
6549 N Ashland, #1S
Chicago, IL 60626