THE 3RD ANNUAL CLEVELAND PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2017
All events are free
Tickets or reservations are not required
Intended for adults and teens
The Cleveland Playwrights Festival is an annual celebration of dramatic writing and its practitioners in Northeast Ohio. Featured events include staged readings, writing workshops, special projects such as podcast plays, and networking sessions. The festival also showcases other relevant groups in the region, with this year’s co-presenters including The Dramatists Guild, the Oatman Players, and the Bessemer Project. This yearly event places the playwrights at center stage and allows all theatergoers to celebrate locally written work.
Workshop: Cross-Pollination: The Art of Adapting Works for the Stage with Eric Schmiedl
Presented with The Dramatists Guild
Adaptation has been a component of western theatre since Sophocles first dreamed of putting Oedipus on stage. And, the current success ofThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Fun Home, and Hamilton indicate that theatrical adaptation is alive and well in the 21st Century. This workshop seeks to discover the basic steps in transforming non-theatrical works into drama for the stage. And, it’s practical! Bring your writing utensils and your imagination!
Craft Talk: Working with New Plays: The Director’s Perspective with Sarah Greywitt, Anjanette Hall, and Dale Heinen
Moderated by Les Hunter
Presented with The Dramatists Guild
In this craft talk, Sarah Greywitt, Anjanette Hall, and Dale Heinen address the ways in which contemporary directors approach new plays. Presented as a panel discussion and moderated by Les Hunter, this session provides insights on how new work is interpreted by established collaborators. Essential for playwrights, but open to all.
Special Screening & Talkback: Mama Said: Stories of Life, Love, and Triumph
Presented with The Oatman Players
Join playwright Michael Oatman for a presentation of his new webseries of dramatic monologues.
Guest Presentation by The Bessemer Project
Axe Under the Bed by Vickie L. Williams
A staged reading directed by India Burton
On the stormy night of June 23, 1822, in Charleston, South Carolina, midwife Mildred Hurston was at the home of Clay and Aberdeen Montgomery to birth their child. Mildred brought along her birthing axe: something she believed had represented good luck and had spiritual powers to relieve pain. She also brought her daughter Annie Mae, the last of her nine children, to teach her the art of midwifery. When not comforting Aberdeen, Mildred secretly spoke about a new life of freedom when Denmark Vesey’s plan of a revolt was accomplished. As each moment went by, Mildred’s hatred for the Montgomerys grew. Nothing seemed good anymore. Not even the axe.
Broken Wings by Stuart Hoffman
A staged reading directed by Amy Fritsche
A haunting tale of isolation, Broken Wings tells a love story between an elderly man with personal demons and a teenage girl with a lot on her mind. A lover of literature and ornithology, Mr. Starling has been alone his whole life. To compensate for his loneliness, he retreats into his fantasies, imagining conversations between himself and an unknown Woman he loved as a younger man. When energetic and spontaneous Phoebe enters into his life, Starling is at first reluctant, but grows fond of her while bonding over literature, birds, and life. As their friendship grows, Starling’s relationship with the Woman begins to deteriorate. Although a figment of his imagination, she is so real to him that she becomes jealous and heartbroken, forcing him to choose between an unpredictable reality and a reliable fantasy. What happens when your imagination takes control of your emotions?
Newcomers’ Night Session
Staged readings of works by writers new to Playwrights Local
A Boy and His Bullies by David Ritchey
Balloons on the Road by Daniel Telford
DIY by Brian Zoldessy
The Story of Mr Not So Well by Daniel McNamara
It’s Just Pudding by Rachel Zake
Elbow Room by Craig A. Webb
Street parking on Waterloo and surrounding roads
Public lots as pictured on Waterloo Arts District Map
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