2018 PLAY LAB
+ SPRING WORKSHOPS
[Session Dates and Times TBA]
All events are free
Tickets or reservations are not required
Intended for adults and teens
The Play Lab is our annual incubator program for writing and revision. Over a period of months, selected playwrights expand and revise their works-in-progress with the help of assigned dramaturgs, directors, and actors. This cycle includes feedback sessions, at-home revision, and rehearsals, and concludes with a series of public staged readings. The Play Lab helps writers improve material at any stage of development and bring news plays closer to production.
In addition to staged readings, the culminating event for the Play Lab process includes our annual Spring Workshops. These open classes cover playwriting fundamentals and special topics for adult and teen students of all skill levels.
The Intelligence Man by Eileen O’Leary
A staged reading directed by Erik Andrews
Dramaturgy by Lenora Inez Brown
Lucas Moss, a factory worker, is made head of a new federal intelligence agency in the Trump Administration.
In Appalachia, Apertures by Brandon North
A staged reading directed by Robert Lucchesi
Dramaturgy by Les Hunter
Erica and Tyler Ricks are a couple working for an online magazine, and currently are assigned on a photo essay about religiously themed billboards in Appalachia. They meet the Root family because of one sign in particular that was built on the family’s land. Through their attempts to investigate, Erica and Tyler discover a desire to understand the Root family, particularly the teenaged Jackson, who obsessively takes photographs with seemingly supernatural effects. Throughout the play, the Root family’s past trauma is exacerbated by the combination of the Ricks’ prodding, the middle-aged Joe’s drinking problem, and the elderly Lester’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The Ricks’ constant reopening of their old wounds leads to several tragic events. Jackson and his sister Maggie must mature to face these grim realities with their new knowledge of the larger world as shown to them by Erica and Tyler, who themselves become thrown into helping the Root family in their time of crisis.
Title TK by Tom Hayes
A staged reading directed by TBA
Dramaturgy by David Todd
PLUS WORKSHOPS ON PLAYWRITING TOPICS TBA!
Street parking on Waterloo and surrounding roads and
in public lots as pictured on the Waterloo Arts District Map.
Note: No public parking in the lot
adjacent to the Creative Space on E. 156th Street.
SUPPORT FOR PLAYWRIGHTS LOCAL