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  • Market Your Play With a Compelling Blurb
    Market Your Play With a Compelling Blurb
    Sun, May 26
    Zoom Virtual Event
    May 26, 2024, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM PDT
    Zoom Virtual Event
    May 26, 2024, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM PDT
    Zoom Virtual Event
    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. $17 for members, $30 for non-members. Members can write to programs@playcafe.org to request the member code.
  • Rewrites With Lauren Gunderson
    Rewrites With Lauren Gunderson
    Sun, Jun 02
    Zoom Virtual Event
    Jun 02, 2024, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM PDT
    Zoom Virtual Event
    Jun 02, 2024, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM PDT
    Zoom Virtual Event
    Lauren Gunderson will discuss rewriting and getting your first draft from good to great, as well as a wide-ranging Q&A about career, process and activist art. $17 for members, $30 for non-members. Members can write to programs@playcafe.org to request the member code.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:

Market Your Play with a Compelling Blurb

Sunday, May 26, 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.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP LEADER:

Patricia Milton is Resident Playwright at Central Works, and her plays have been produced around the world. Her productions at Central Works include THE ENGINE OF OUR DISRUPTION, 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 (Outstanding Production, SFBATCC, 2022). 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: Accused! Directed by Kimberly Ridgeway, at Central Works Theater. Tix and info here: https://centralworks.org/accused/

 

REGISTRATION: $17 for members, $30 for non-members. Members can write to programs@playcafe.org to request the member code. Registrants will be sent an email with Zoom instructions from programs@playcafe.org

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:

Rewrites with Lauren Gunderson

Sunday, June 2, 4-5:30 pm Pacific Time

Play Cafe is thrilled to announce that Lauren Gunderson will discuss rewriting and getting your first draft from good to great, as well as a wide-ranging Q&A about career, process and activist art.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:

Lauren M Gunderson has been one of the most produced playwrights in America since 2015, topping the list thrice including 2022/23. She is a two-time winner of the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for I and You and The Book of Will, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and  Arthur L. Weissberger Award. She is a playwright, screenwriter, musical book writer and children's author who lives in San Francisco. She graduated from NYU Tisch as a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. LaurenGunderson.com

 

REGISTRATION: $17 for members, $30 for non-members. Members can write to programs@playcafe.org to request the member code. Registrants will be sent an email with Zoom instructions from programs@playcafe.org.

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