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.


Next Reading: November 7, 2017

DOG WHISTLE

by Michael Kimmel

Dog Whistle is a humorous and incisive look at modern politics. In a tight race for Senator of Ohio, two candidates are racing to see who can abandon their principles first- The incumbent Democrat, fearful of losing his seat, or the Republican “change candidate”, who’s excelling at the game of politics too well for her own liking. Stuck in the middle of this race is a woman  looking to the government for help. As both candidates try to outsmart each other, a tragedy that is all too common these days occurs. How will the candidates respond?  Dog Whistle is a direct examination of the current state of politics, and how callow our elected representatives on both sides have become.

About the Playwright

Michael is the creator of Songbird, based on Chekhov’s The Seagull and set in Nashville, TN with music and lyrics by Lauren Pritchard (LOLO). Songbird had its Off-Broadway debut at 59E59 in October 2015 as a NYT Critics Pick, and was a finalist for the 2016 Kleban award. He is also the creator and adaptor of The Last Goodbye, a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with music and lyrics by famed singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley. TLG performed a series of sold out concerts at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater before its world premiere at The Williamstown Theater Festival where it went on to break box office records for WTF’s Nikos Stage. TLG also had an acclaimed production at The Old Globe Theater, San Diego, CA (Nominated for two Craig Noel awards), helmed by two-time Tony nominee Alex Timbers. Michael’s work has been featured at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, Lincoln Center, Ars Nova, Soho Rep., LPR, The Westside Theater, and many other venues.

Other works by Kimmel include Stand.Up.,exploring the world of podcasts and stand up comedy, Todd and Mitzy, about a couple dealing with infertility, and Dog Whistle, an in-depth theatrical examination of a US Senate campaign.

Upcoming musicals conceived and written by Kimmel include The Afflicted, a grunge pop musical inspired by Ferdinand Bruckner’s Pains of Youth, with music and lyrics by Libby Winters (debuting in 2017), and Wildwood, a new musical about the legendary shore town.

Michael is one of the creators/producers of The Score, a new podcast featuring live performances of new musicals debuting in 2017. Twitter-@mkimml


HOW DOES IT WORK?

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.
Season 9 Playwrights On Park Dates

Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m
General Adm: $10


Sept 26, 2017

WHAT SCREAMS I HEAR ARE MINE
By Annalise Cain

Nov 7, 2017
DOG WHISTLE
By Michael Kimmel

Jan 23, 2018
ANATOMY OF LOVE
by Ted Malawer

Feb 27, 2018
WHEN COLOSSUS FALLS
By Eugenie Carabatsos

April 24, 2018
MIRANDA FROM STORMVILLE
By Adam Bertocci

June 26, 2018
TBD

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
Community by Stephen Kaplan

Contact:
Sasha Brätt, Literary Manager