Seminar: Adaptation

Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 2:30pm
Monday, May 20, 2019 - 6:00pm
Taught by Casey Llewellyn
Online & The Playwrights' Center
$10 for Members, $20 for Non-Members

Class Type: Before the Play, Class Level: All Experience Levels Welcome

"We had to create a viable play, rather than just try to put the novel on its feet [...]. In a play you cannot afford to pause and reflect: you want people to be sitting on the edge of their seats. It’s a completely different dynamic.” - Mike Poulton

We are drawn toward adaptation for a variety of different reasons, but in any scenario, we are faced with the challenge and gift of riding the energy of an already existing work and creating a new shape for it to tell the story we want to tell. In this Seminar with Casey Llewellyn (18-19 Jerome Fellow), we’ll explore concrete strategies of working with source material and making decisions to support the adaptation only you can write.

This is the Seminar for you if:

  • You want to adapt an unfamiliar classic
  • You want to continue or change a conversation via a play
  • You are interested in the power of live theater

PostScript: One of Casey's plays include an adaptation of the 1997 book I Love Dick, a book which now has been adapted for a TV series on Amazon Prime. 

May 19, 2019 from 2:30pm - 5:30pm CST: LOCAL Registration

May 19, 2019 from 2:30pm - 5:30pm CST: ONLINE Registration

May 20, 2019 from 6:00pm - 8:30pm CST: LOCAL Registration

May 20, 2019 from 6:00pm - 8:30pm CST: ONLINE Registration

Questions? Email Education Coordinator, H. Adam Harris, at

Casey Llewellyn
Class type: 
In-person (MSP)