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 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 Julia Brown

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 Stefanie Zadravec

 

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

 




Mon, April 13

   

9:00 AM

 

Monday Morning Feature Article by playwright Catherine Fillioux

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 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 Alayna Barnes

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

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 Ricardo Vasquez

The Spring 2020 Season will continue through May 1, 2020, and will likely extend beyond that date. The schedule will be continually updated here as more artists are confirmed. Currently, one additional online reading has been scheduled. It is:

Friday, April 24 at 2:00 PM
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.

 

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

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