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Play for Keeps has just finished up another great season of playwriting workshops! Thank you to all this year's participating writers. We're also greatly
appreciative of the performers and directors who presented the readings of our new work, and a special thanks to everybody who came out to watch and listen.
- "Play for Keeps was the first playwriting workshop I attended, and I assumed other playwriting programs would be similar. Since then, I've realized how unique Play for Keeps really is, and I'm happy to have had the opportunity to participate each year. I look forward to next season." – Cyra P.
- "I thought Play for Keeps was a great opportunity. I think I learned how to let go of my own work and the value of hearing it from others mouths. I also learned that I am a creator, and perhaps a writer. Overall, I’m really glad I did it. It was nice to have someone out there foster growth from women who otherwise would not have taken a chance to create something. In addition, writing exercises and small assignments helped to push the creative juices into action." – Courtney B.
- "Great job!! It’s so hard to start a program from scratch and I think you did an amazing job. You have great ideas and good feedback to share with people, as did the group in general. I’ve already mentioned it to some people who have expressed interest! I did learn a lot about my writing process, which I had never dabbled in before. Thank you for letting me be a part of it." – Janel H.
- "This is a good format. The piece I was involved in was essentially meant as an educational piece, an outreach play about historical figures. Coming up with a structure that would move the piece in any predetermined direction might have taken us away from its natural evolution. We weren’t a sex comedy or a social commentary/satire; and I loved the fact that P4K developed not only pieces like ours but social commentary/satire(s) and dramas and sex comedies as well. You got a lot of flavors this year and that is wonderful." – Tim J.
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.
Watch this space for details about Play for Keeps 2013 and other upcoming Stockyards projects. Or just drop us an e-mail.
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