Play Cafe is a writing group based in Berkeley, California (San Francisco Bay
Area) where you can make contacts, practice your writing, move beyond first
draft, and receive play writing insight from theater insiders.
Would you like to join us?
We welcome new faces!
Just show up or let us know via email
Thursday, September 12 from 7-10PM (scene sign-up starts at 6:45PM)
Moderated by Anthony Clarvoe
Thursday, October 10 from 7-10PM (scene sign-up starts at 6:45PM)
Moderated by Anthony Clarvoe
Sponsored by Will Dunne Dramatic Writing Workshops
Sponsored Scene Nights feature a bonus fourth actor!
Sunday, October 27 from 1:30PM-6PM
Workshop on Legal Issues for Playwrights and Theatre Artists
See below for more information.
2055 Center Street, Berkeley, CA, Studio B
Note: The entrance is on the east side of the building with a sign that reads "Arts Passage" above the metal gate and a circular design on the sidewalk in front of the door (the building number is on the west entrance with a glass door and a sign reading "Residences" above the door ... this is the wrong entrance).
(around the corner from Downtown Berkeley BART)
What to Bring
Bring scenes to read, ten pages or fewer. One copy for each character plus a copy for stage directions.
About Sponsored Scene Nights
Play Cafe is delighted to introduced sponsored Scene Nights that provide us with enough funding to hire a fourth actor (normally, we hire three actors for each Scene Night), and these sponsorships allow us to cover many of the expenses that are not typically paid for through attendance fees. We are delighted that Will Dunne Dramatic Writing Workshops is our inaugural sponsor for the October 10th Scene Night. Will Dunne's workshops have provided immeasurable support to many Bay Area playwrights and we're very happy to exchange support and resources.
About Will Dunne Dramatic Writing Workshops
Now in its 25th year, Will Dunne Dramatic Writing Workshops offers a wealth of proven support for playwrights and screenwriters, including:
- The Dramatic Writer's Companion: Tools to Develop Characters, Cause Scenes, and Build Stories. Published by the University of Chicago Press and available at bookstores worldwide, this best-selling guide offers more than 60 in-depth exercises to help you develop your script.
- Private consultations for dramatic writers anywhere in the world. Meetings are by appointment and can be adapted to meet your needs, whether you have a whole script to review or only an idea for one.
- Story Weekend, an ongoing workshop program for dramatic writers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Self-contained workshops take place on the first weekend of each month and offer: tools to help you explore your characters and story, professional actors to read scenes you bring from home, and group discussions of your work to help boost your script to the next level. Sign up for any one, two, or three weekends each quarter.
For more information, visit www.willdunne.com
or call 415-609-8670.
UPCOMING WORKSHOP: Legal Issues for Playwrights and Theatre Artists
Sunday, October 27, 2013
1:30pm - 6:00pm
M.J. Bogatin, Attorney
with a talk by Suze Allen, Dramatists Guild of America Representative for the San Francisco Bay Area
moderated by Sandy Kasten, Attorney & Playwright
Osher Studio at Berkeley Rep, 2055 Center Street, Berkeley 94704
(between Milvia and Shattuck, across the street from Downtown Berkeley BART)
Admission may be purchased online: $30 regular, $25 for Play Cafe members, or $35 at the door.
Become a Member of Play Cafe
Join Play Cafe for an informative workshop on Legal Issues for Playwrights and Theatre Composers with attorney M.J. Bogatin. At this workshop, we will discuss:
Protecting Our Work: Understanding copyrights, registration with the Dramatists Guild, etc.
Adaptations: What can and can't I do with adaptations? How to determine whether a work can be freely adapted or how to obtain permission to adapt copyrighted work. Discussion of exclusive vs. non-exclusive rights.
Collaboration Agreements for Writers and Composers: Understanding and designing.
Selling and Licensing our Work: How do work-for-hire agreements work?
We will also have a talk by Suze Allen, the San Francisco Bay Area representative for the Dramatists Guild of America, who will discuss
the resources available to playwrights who are registered with the Dramatists Guild, including sample contracts, a directory of theaters
and festivals, and more.
The workshop will include plenty of Q&A periods and will conclude with networking, drinks, and light appetizers.
M.J. Bogatin, attorney, has practiced law in the Bay Area for over 30 years. While he has broad civil law experience including both
litigation and transactional matters, M.J. Bogatin is most highly recognized as an Arts and Entertainment attorney. His practice
emphasizes Art, Entertainment and Intellectual Property law matters. He is also trained as a mediator, and serves on the Arts
Arbitration and Mediation panel of California Lawyers for the Arts. He speaks often at CLA workshops on copyright, trademark and
contract issues for artists and authors, at local law schools and art academies, and nationally for continuing legal education on his
litigation specialty: Artists' Moral Rights. Mr. Bogatin currently serves as the Co-President of the Board of Directors of California
Lawyers for the Arts.
Suze Allen, the SF Bay Area's representative to the Dramatists Guild of America, is a published author, playwright, teacher, dramaturge
and director with credits on both coasts, and serves as Three Girls Theatre Director of Educational Programs. She was the creator of
Fresh New Works San Francisco, The Maine Playwrights' Lab and Short Works Festival, Artistic Director for the SF Writers and Actors Lab,
Director for Fertile Ground Writing Studio, the resident Dramaturge and playwriting instructor at The Playwrights' Center of San
Francisco, and the Resident Playwright at Balboa High School.
Play Cafe is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping Bay Area playwrights develop their work.
For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit our Members page for a roster of active Play Cafe members and links to their bios.
Check out the Play Cafe Yahoo discussion group
Playwrights: Are you looking for places to send your play? Click here.
Theatres: Are you looking for plays? Click here.
Guide to the Play Cafe site:
Why? When? Where? All the logistics, including maps.
Frequently Asked Questions Who is doing this? What exactly is the Play Cafe? How do I get involved? What's in it for me?
Our Guests Occasionally, we invite a special guest, drawn from the world of theatre. Find out who they are.
Resources for Playwrights Books, classes, theaters looking for plays.
Cyber Cafe Writing exercises! Play of the Month! How to produce a reading!