Playwrights' Center Spring 2020 Season
Playwrights' Center Spring 2020 Season

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Playwrights’ Center is taking action to connect people with their communities and create income streams for theater artists who are out of work. We're pleased to announce an entirely new, online Spring 2020 Season.

This spring, Playwrights' Center will feature regular weekly programming of new play readings; seminars, classes, and workshops taught by playwrights; two weekly feature articles written by playwrights; open conversations and panels with playwrights and theater practitioners; Member Open Play events, where writers read each other's plays aloud and respond with constructive feedback; New Plays On Campus sessions for educators and students interested in playwriting; Writing Room Lunch Breaks where playwrights can come together to work; and open office hours with Playwrights’ Center Artistic and Membership staff, giving people a chance to connect, ask questions, and discuss best practices.

The schedule and links to events are below.  Please check back often as this page will be updated as more information is confirmed.  The times listed below reflect Central Daylight Saving Time.

WEEK OF May 18–May 24, 2020
Times listed are CDT




Mon, May 18

   

9:00 AM

 

Monday Morning Feature Article by playwright Ken UrbanPrescriptions for Mid-Career

6:00 PM–8:00 PM

 

Member Open Play sharing session

A chance for member playwrights to gather virtually and by phone to read each other's plays aloud and respond with constructive feedback

 

Tue, May 19

   

2:00 PM–3:30 PM

 

Playwrights in Conversation: José Rivera with Maíja Garcia

Presented in partnership with FilmNorth and The Dramatists Guild Foundation: Traveling Masters

VIEW THE RECORDING HERE

6:00 PM–8:00 PM

 

Seminar with Katie Bender: Finding Inspiration in Artifacts

Wed, May 20

   

 

 

 

Thur, May 21

   

 

 

 

Fri, May 22

   

2:00 PM

 

Online Reading: I Know I Know I Know by C.A. Johnson

directed by Jenna Worsham

featuring Chloe Armao, Rajané Katurah Brown, Shá Cage, Naomi Lorrain, Audrey Park, and Claire Siebers.

 

When Zoe’s wife goes missing, her lifelong best friends join her on the island off the coast of Virginia where they spent childhood summers. A play about women, friendship, wild ponies, and love that lasts forever (which is to say it is also a play about betrayal…betrayal again and again and again).

3:00 PM

 

Friday Feature Article by playwright Kristin Idaszak: Writing to save the world

 

WEEK OF May 25–May 31, 2020
Times listed are CDT




Mon, May 25

  Memorial Day

 

 

 

Tue, May 26

   

6:00 PM–8:00 PM

 

Seminar with Andrew Rosendorf: Everything You Wanted to Know About Submitting

 

 

 

Wed, May 27

   

12:00 PM–2:00 PM

 

Writing Room Lunch Break with Sarah Myers

An open forum for writers to come together virtually, write, and connect with each other. 

Thur, May 28

   

10:00 AM–11:30 AM

 

Artistic Department Open Office with Jeremy B. Cohen

A chance to connect with the Playwrights’ Center artistic staff for questions, conversation, and discussion on how we move ahead

6:00 PM CDT

 

Online Reading: The Loyals by Allison Gregory
directed by Hayley Finn

presented as part of the National New Play Network Virtual Annual Conference.

A comedy about treason, The Loyals is a gripping look at patriotism during the American Revolution. These are complicated times, those were complicated times; if history is the lens through which we view the present, should we be worried yet?

Fri, May 29

   

2:00 PM

 

Online Reading: Getting There by Dipika Guha

presented in partnership with New Conservatory Theatre Centre

On the day before their return flight to New York, twenty-somethings Julie and Kai have a falling out that sends them on a journey into the heart of Paris. Suddenly by herself, Kai meets Radha and Anissa, a middle-aged couple in a life-altering moment, just as Julie encounters Ira—a woman waging a war against the world, determinedly alone. These encounters open a gateway into strange and unexpected kinship's and even healing. Getting There is a lyrical, funny, and philosophical meditation on solitude, love, and what it means to come home.

Getting There is a commission for New Conservatory Theatre Centre New Voices/New Work Commission.

3:00 PM

 

Friday Feature Article by playwright David Hancock: Thing Theory

 

JUST ADDED!

Room Enough (For Us All)
by Daaimah Mubashshir
June 5, 2020 at 2:00 PM CDT

Room Enough is centered on a contemporary African-American Muslim family coming to terms with how to treat queerness up against long-standing ideals and faith.

MORE INFO HERE

One Flea Spare
by Naomi Wallace
June 12, 2020 at 2:00 PM CDT

A wealthy couple is preparing to flee their home when a mysterious sailor and a young girl appear sneaking into their boarded-up house. Now, quarantined together for 28 days, the only thing these strangers fear more than the Plague is each other.

MORE INFO HERE

 

The Spring 2020 Season will continue through June, 2020. The schedule will be continually updated here as more artists are confirmed.

 


PAST EVENTS

WEEK OF MARCH 30–APRIL 5, 2020
Times listed are in CDT

 

Mon, March 30




9:00 AM 

 

Monday Morning Feature Article by playwright Jenny Connell Davis
My Corona (a Dispatch on Playwriting-while-Parenting, Sent From Under a Pile of Laundry) 

6:00 PM–8:00 PM

 

Member Open Play sharing session

A chance for member playwrights to gather virtually and by phone to read each other's plays aloud and respond with constructive feedback

Tue, March 31

   

2:00 PM–3:30 PM

 

New Plays On Campus session: How Can We Support You? Practices & Tools for Educators and Students

6:00 PM–8:00 PM

 

Seminar with Rachel Jendrzejewski: How To Write When You Don’t Feel Like It

Wed, April 1

   

12:00 PM–2:00 PM

 

Writing Room Lunch Break with Sarah Myers

An open forum for writers to come together virtually, write and connect with each other. 

2:00 PM–3:30 PM

 

Membership Open Office with Hannah Joyce

Scheduled time for current and new member playwrights to connect with staff and ask questions about the resources of the Playwrights’ Center

Thur, April 2

   

10:00 AM–11:30 AM

 

Artistic Department Open Office with Jeremy B. Cohen

A chance to connect with the Producing Artistic Director for questions, conversation, and discussion on how we move ahead

2:00 PM–3:30 PM

 

Playwrights in Conversation: Daniel Alexander Jones
An Invitation to Your Practice

View the recording here.

Fri, April 3

   

2:00 PM

 

Online Reading: THE VIOLET SISTERS by Gina Femia, directed by Hayley Finn.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Pam comes home to Brooklyn to attend her father's funeral. When she arrives, she is greeted by an angry sister, a dilapidated house, and a past that she can't escape. A two-person, one set, real-time play, The Violet Sisters is a play about forgiving when you cannot bring yourself to forget.

3:00 PM

 

Friday Feature Article by playwright Gabrielle Civil 
Reclaiming Joy: A Prescription For Now

 

WEEK OF APRIL 6–12, 2020
Times listed are in CDT




Mon, April 6

   

9:00 AM

 

Monday Morning Feature Article by playwright C. Denby Swanson

6:00 PM–8:00 PM

 

Member Open Play sharing session

A chance for member playwrights to gather virtually and by phone to read each other's plays aloud and respond with constructive feedback

 

Tues, April 7

   

2:00 PM–3:30 PM

 

Playwrights in Conversation: Josh Wilder
Play Depot Part I: Breaking Down Structure and Rewriting Your Work

6:00 PM–8:00 PM

 

Seminar with Alice Tuan: What Do I Value?

Wed, April 8

   

12:00 PM–2:00 PM

 

Writing Room Lunch Break with Alayna Barnes

An open forum for writers to come together virtually, write and connect with each other. 

2:00 PM–3:30 PM

 

Membership Open Office with Hannah Joyce

Scheduled time for current and new member playwrights to connect with staff and ask questions about the resources of the Playwrights’ Center

Thur, April 9

   

10:00 AM–11:30 AM

 

Artistic Department Open Office with Hayley Finn

A chance to connect with the Playwrights’ Center artistic staff for questions, conversation, and discussion on how we move ahead

2:00 PM–3:30 PM

 

New Plays On Campus session: Information Session on Fall/Spring University Courses

Fri, April 10

   

2:00 PM

 

Online Reading: FLEX by Candrice Jones, directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, presented in partnership with Actors Theatre of Louisville (Humana Festival). We’re proud to present a reading of the canceled production of FLEX with the original cast and director.
It’s 1997 and the WNBA is changing the game. Every player on Plainnole’s Lady Train basketball team now dreams of going pro—but first, they’ll have to navigate the pressures of being young, black and female in rural Arkansas. With all the adrenaline and swagger of a four-quarter game, Candrice Jones’s powerful new play celebrates the fierce athleticism of women’s basketball.

3:00 PM

 

Friday Feature Article by playwright Catherine Filloux
Seven Avenues To A Dream Project

WEEK OF APRIL 13–19, 2020
Times listed are in CDT

 




Mon, April 13

   

9:00 AM

 

Monday Morning Feature Article by playwright Ricardo Vázquez

6:00 PM–8:00 PM

 

Member Open Play sharing session

A chance for member playwrights to gather virtually and by phone to read each other's plays aloud and respond with constructive feedback

 

Tue, April 14

   

2:00 PM–3:30 PM

 

Playwrights in Conversation: Josh Wilder
Play Depot Part II: Breaking Down Structure and Rewriting Your Work

6:00 PM–8:00 PM

 

Seminar with Winter Miller: Why Am I Here?

Wed, April 15

   

12:00 PM–2:00 PM

 

Writing Room Lunch Break with Cristina Luzárraga

An open forum for writers to come together virtually, write and connect with each other. 

Thur, April 16

   

10:00 AM–11:30 AM

 

Artistic Department Open Office with Jeremy B. Cohen

A chance to connect with the Producing Artistic Director for questions, conversation, and discussion on how we move ahead

2:00 PM–3:30 PM

 

New Plays On Campus session: Playwriting After College
A Panel Discussion for Undergrad Playwrights About Grad School and Next Career Steps

Fri, April 17

   

2:00 PM

 

Online Reading: BEGIN, BEGIN, BEGIN AGAIN by Erin Courtney; directed by Hayley Finn
Begin, Begin, Begin Again is a museum play about the violence and hope when people and institutions need to start over from a tragedy. Loosely based on the Oresteia, the play is part thriller, part choral reflection, and part journey towards peaceful justice.

3:00 PM

 

Friday Feature Article by playwright Tim Lord
How I Learned to Write Like a 10-Year-Old

 

WEEK OF APRIL 20–26, 2020
Times listed are CDT




Mon, April 20

   

9:00 AM

 

Monday Morning Feature Article by playwright Lauren Wimmer
I've Never Enjoyed Audience Participation, But Self-Isolation Has Made Me Change My Mind

6:00 PM–8:00 PM

 

Member Open Play sharing session

A chance for member playwrights to gather virtually and by phone to read each other's plays aloud and respond with constructive feedback

 

Tue, April 21

   

2:00 PM–3:30 PM

 

Playwrights in Conversation: Marvin Gonzalez De LeonWill this Crisis Create Even More Inequity in the American Theatre?

View the recording here.

6:00 PM–8:00 PM

 

Seminar with Sheri Wilner: Creating Compelling Characters

Wed, April 22

   

12:00 PM–2:00 PM

 

Writing Room Lunch Break with Cristina Luzárraga and Courtney Meaker

An open forum for writers to come together virtually, write and connect with each other. 

Thur, April 23

   

10:00 AM–11:30 AM

 

Artistic Department Open Office

A chance to connect with the Playwrights’ Center artistic staff for questions, conversation, and discussion on how we move ahead

2:00 PM–3:30 PM

 

New Plays On Campus sessionWant to Take Courses at the Playwrights’ Center for College Credit?

Philip Dawkins, who will teach the first PWC course in the fall, will join us to discuss his approach.

Fri, April 24

   

2:00 PM

 

Online Reading: LEGACY LAND by Stacey Rose; directed by Logan Vaughn; presented in partnership with Kansas City Repertory Theatre

Legacy Land is an unflinching dark comedic dive into the bizarre legacy that sexual abuse imprints upon the lives of sisters Barbara and Denise. Denise’s unexpected Thanksgiving homecoming upends Barbara and her young lover Marcus’ plans for a cozy weekend. When Denise’s domineering boyfriend Freddie reveals the true reason for the visit, a battle ensues unearthing years of resentment and repressed memories, forcing the sisters to choose whether they will succumb to or overcome their family legacy.

3:00 PM

 

Friday Feature Article by playwright Cristina Castro: Universal Design and Playwriting

 

WEEK OF APRIL 27–May 3, 2020
Times listed are CDT




Mon, April 27

   

9:00 AM

 

Monday Morning Feature Article by playwright Shannon Kearns
What To Do If You Can't Write King Lear

6:00 PM–8:00 PM

 

Member Open Play sharing session

A chance for member playwrights to gather virtually and by phone to read each other's plays aloud and respond with constructive feedback

 

Tue, April 28

   

2:00 PM–3:30 PM

 

Playwrights in Conversation: Jessica HuangThe Art of the Note

View the Recording Here

6:00 PM–8:00 PM

 

Seminar with Sofya Levitsky-Weitz: Start Your TV Pilot

Wed, April 29

   

12:00 PM–2:00 PM

 

Writing Room Lunch Break with Sarah Myers

An open forum for writers to come together virtually, write and connect with each other. 

Thur, April 30

   

10:00 AM–11:30 AM

 

Artistic Department Open Office with Jeremy B. Cohen

A chance to connect with the Playwrights’ Center artistic staff for questions, conversation, and discussion on how we move ahead

Fri, May 1

   

2:00 PM

 

Online Reading: Hallow by Lee Blessing

It's Halloween in the southern mountains, and a recent transplant, Cath, is surprised by more than trick-or-treaters in her isolated home. Her estranged husband Kev arrives unannounced with their grandaughter Hallow, whom Cath hasn't seen since Hallow was an infant. The devout Kev asserts that Hallow is, in fact, the second coming of Christ—the same assertion that made Cath leave him eighteen years ago. Cath, comfortable in her atheism, grows less so as the evening's events become harder and harder to explain.

3:00 PM

 

Friday Feature Article by playwright Stefanie Kuo:
Globalism in the Era of Corona

 

WEEK OF May 4–May 10, 2020
Times listed are CDT




Mon, May 4

   

9:00 AM

 

Monday Morning Feature Article by playwright C.S. Hanson: Create Your Own Writing Retreat While in Self-Isolation

6:00 PM–8:00 PM

 

Member Open Play sharing session

A chance for member playwrights to gather virtually and by phone to read each other's plays aloud and respond with constructive feedback

 

Tue, May 5

   

2:00 PM–3:30 PM

 

Playwrights in Conversation: Writing for Place and Space

View the recording here.

6:00 PM–8:00 PM

 

Seminar with Ansa Akyea: In the Room

Wed, May 6

   

 

   

Thur, May 7

   

10:00 AM–11:30 AM

 

Artistic Department Open Office with Jeremy B. Cohen

A chance to connect with the Playwrights’ Center artistic staff for questions, conversation, and discussion on how we move ahead

2:00 PM–3:30 PM

 

New Plays On Campus session: Want to Take Courses at the Playwrights’ Center for College Credit?

Join Sarah Myers and playwright Philip Dawkins for a conversation on the Center's new, accredited playwriting courses. Learn about Dawkins' teaching philosophy and pedagogy and get a sneak-peek at upcoming class offerings.

Fri, May 8

   

2:00 PM

 

Online Reading: A Play by Barb and Carl written and directed by Carlyle Brown; Presented in partnership with Illusion Theater

In March 2017, playwright Carlyle Brown’s wife and dramaturge Barbara Joyce Rose-Brown had a stroke leaving her with right side weakness and unable to speak. A dramaturge had lost her access to language. A playwright had lost his dramaturge. As a way of dealing with their situation, they decided to write a play. This is that play.

3:00 PM

 

Friday Feature Article by playwright Deborah Yarchun: Staying Focused in the Time of Covid

 

WEEK OF May 11–May 17, 2020
Times listed are CDT




Mon, May 11

   

9:00 AM

 

Monday Morning Feature Article by playwright Emily Zemba: The Theater of Letter Writing

6:00 PM–8:00 PM

 

Member Open Play sharing session

A chance for member playwrights to gather virtually and by phone to read each other's plays aloud and respond with constructive feedback

 

Tue, May 12

   

2:00 PM–3:30 PM

 

Playwrights in Conversation: Kate Hamill - Rebuilding the American Theater

View the Recording Here

6:00 PM–8:00 PM

 

Seminar with Ansa Akyea: In the Room for a New Play Workshop

Wed, May 13

   

12:00 PM–2:00 PM

 

Writing Room Lunch Break with Sarah Myers

An open forum for writers to come together virtually, write and connect with each other. 

Thur, May 14

   

10:00 AM–11:30 AM

 

Artistic Department Open Office with Jeremy B. Cohen

A chance to connect with the Playwrights’ Center artistic staff for questions, conversation, and discussion on how we move ahead

Fri, May 15

   

2:00 PM

 

Online Reading: No Cure by Jake Jeppson 
directed by Marissa Wolf
featuring Sally Wingert and Stephan Yoakam

Two lonely souls meet. They fall in love. They dance to Leonard Cohen's Ain't No Cure for Love. Turns out, there ain't no cure for terminal cancer, either. In this tender, unflinching play, Jake Jeppson offers a deeply personal portrait of one family's experience with the two big things that can't be cured.

3:00 PM

 

Friday Feature Article by playwright Jovelyn Richards: How To Honor My Muse During Challenging Times