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Market Your Play with a Compelling Blurb, Sunday, May 21, 4-5:30 pm Pacific Time.

Play Cafe invites you to an online, hands-on workshop, led by Patricia Milton, to help you develop an effective blurb for your play or musical.







A marketing "blurb," or short description, of your stage work is vital to excite the interest of producers, artistic directors, literary managers, festivals, publishers, and audiences. A blurb is a few sentences introducing your central dramatic action, used in promotional materials to hook the reader. You might be asked for a blurb by a theatre if you're trying to self-produce your play. You might use it when submitting your play to theatres for possible production, or on your play's page on the New Play Exchange. Or, on an application form, it might be called "a 100 word description."


In this workshop, we'll begin a ten-minute overview of best practices for writing your short play description. Then, we'll work with your existing play blurbs (bring one to paste into Chat!) to focus them for maximum impact, eliminate unnecessary language, and help your play stand out from the crowd.



Patricia Milton is Resident Playwright at Central Works, and her plays have been produced around the world. Her productions at Central Works include BAMBOOZLED (Outstanding Production, East Bay, and Outstanding Ensemble, Theatre Bay Area), HEARTS OF PALM, REDUCTION IN FORCE, THE VICTORIAN LADIES' DETECTIVE COLLECTIVE (Broadway World Critics Choice "Best of Maine," 2022, the Public Theatre) and ESCAPE FROM THE ASYLUM. ENEMIES: FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC (Central Works) was awarded Outstanding World Premiere Play by Theatre Bay Area. Her audio plays are BYSTANDERS (Central Works) and THE LAW OF ATTRACTION (New Conservatory Theater Center, San Francisco). WITHOUT MERCY was commissioned and produced by Off-Broadway West. Her comedy BELIEVERS was produced in San Francisco (Wily West Productions) and in Istanbul, Turkey. She is a former Regional Representative for the Dramatists Guild. Upcoming: THE ENGINE OF OUR DISRUPTION, October 2023, Central Works.



Suggested donation of $15-$25. Registrants will be sent an email with Zoom instructions from







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