PLAYWRIGHTS ON PARK Reading Series
is an exciting artistic endeavor for Playhouse on Park. Our mission is to develop and produce original plays and musicals, to foster emerging and established playwrights, and to become a leader in new play development. We aim to help establish the Greater Hartford Area as a premiere destination for the cultivation and exploration of innovative theatrical work.
A reading of a new play by professional actors; a talk back following the reading with with the playwright, the cast and the director; and opportunity for audiences members to complete a response card pertaining to the play/musical.
July 18, 2017
by Stephen Kaplan
Christopher Marshall has just been cast as George in Mt. Laurel Community Players’ production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He invites Zach, the young, Black actor who’s been cast as Nick, over for a drink to give him some actorly advice – and possibly to kill him. Whatever works. When the production’s Martha and Honey show up uninvited, they find themselves caught in this play about a play (within a play?) tackling deadly issues like race and, perhaps even more dauntingly, community theatre. This ferocious comedy asks questions about how we view stories about race and the not-just-color blindness that many have when trying to talk about it.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Stephen Kaplan grew up in Northridge, CA (home of the ’94 earthquake) and wrote his first play, And Jack Came Tumbling After (Old Globe Theatre, EST, HERE/Lincoln Center Theatre’s American Living Room Series) when he was 15. Selected awards, commissions and productions: Branwell (and other Brontës) (Semi-Finalist: O’Neill); Community (Finalist: Seven Devils; Road Less Traveled National Residency, Semi-Finalist: Premiere Stages, March Forth Productions); Exquisite Potential (NJ Playwrights Contest, Dezart Performs, Across the Generations New Jewish Play Festival, finalist: Woodward/Newman Award, semi-finalist: Seven Devils); A Real Boy (This Is Water Theatre and semi-finalist: PlayPenn, Ashland New Play Festival, Dayton Playhouse FutureFest and MTWorks’ Newborn Festival); una casa/a home (finalist: Landing Theatre’s New American Voices Reading Series, Route 66 Theatre’s New Play Development Program); For Unto Us (published by DPS; Productions: Barrington Stage Company 10x10 Festival, MiniFest - Acadia Theatre Company, Luna Stage New Moon Short Play Festival, QueerShorts); In Mrs. Baker’s Room (Commission: Abingdon Theatre Company, Father Hamblin Award for Outstanding Playwriting, Center for Spiritual Living Playwriting Festival, Theatre Southwest); The Seventh Son (semi-finalist: Ronald M Ruble New Play Festival). Many of his plays are published on Indie Theatre Now and DPS. He is the New Jersey Regional Representative for the Dramatists Guild. www.bystephenkaplan.com
Season 8 Playwrights On Park Dates
Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.
September 27, 2016
November 15, 2016
January 24, 2017
February 28, 2017
May 9, 2017
"Here's Johnny!" by Joe Godfrey
July 18, 2017
"Community" by Stephen Kaplan
$5 General Admission
Prior Plays That Have Been Presented:
This Living Hand by Richard Vetere
Collision by Dustin Sullivan
Kunstler by Jeffrey Sweet
What It Takes by Jack Rushen
Let It Come Down by Eve Lederman
Something Quiet by Gabriel Jason Dean
Super, or, How Clark Graves Learned to Fly
by Gina Femia
Honey LaBrea - The Lonely Thetan
by Jacques Lamarre
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Sasha Brätt, Literary Manager
We will accept year-round submissions for the Playwrights on Park Reading Series. Throughout each season, there will a presentation of the selected works. The plays will receive a cast of professional actors and a director and will be presented as a staged reading for a public audience. After the reading, a moderated audience discussion with the actors, the director, and most importantly, the playwright, will give both the Playhouse on Park and the playwright constructive feedback to further develop the playwright's vision for the play.
HOW DO I SUBMIT A PLAY?
Playwrights on Park seeks to unveil the best new material from playwrights across the country. Submitted plays will be considered for our Playwrights on Park Reading Series.
Most importantly it is intended as an experience for both the playwright and our audience. There are only a limited number of readings per season. As the playwright is the focus of our reading series, selected playwrights must be available to come to the Playhouse on Park for the staged reading of the play and the audience discussion that follows. The presence of the playwright is the cornerstone of Playwrights on Park reading series.
We are happy to consider your play, provided you submit according to these guidelines:
- Please submit a FULL script and character breakdown (Please submit in PDF format).
- Playwrights may submit their plays through a literary agent.
- Playwrights who are not represented may submit their plays as well.
- For musicals please submit the music on a CD or by mp3.
- Include any production or workshop history, as well as biographies of the playwright, and any collaborators
- Connecticut-based playwrights are strongly encouraged to submit
Electronic submissions are preferred but hardcopy can be mailed to:
Sasha Brätt at the address above. Materials will be reviewed by our Literary Manager, as well as our Literary Committee. Plays recommended by this committee may be included in our Playwrights on Park Reading Series. Playwrights will receive a confirmation of receipt within a week of submission. Playwrights may also expect a response from the Literary Manager as to whether or not the play will be considered for the Playwrights on Park Reading Series within 2-4 months, after the play is reviewed by the Literary Committee in the order it was received.