Getting the words down on the page is only the first step for a playwright. At some point you need to hear it read. Reading it out loud to the dog doesn’t count; you need to listen while someone else says your words. If you have at least the start of a play and are ready to take the next step and really hear what you’ve written, this week is for you. Your readers will primarily be your classmates, but when possible we’ll have some actors in to read as well. We’ll discuss the process of submitting plays for production and publication. And for one class meeting, we’ll visit with a professional director to discuss collaboration and to better understand how a director approaches a new work for the stage.
If you have a complete script, you’ll have the opportunity to distribute it to your colleagues for discussion in its entirety. Feedback will be given in a positive and supportive atmosphere. After our week together, you’ll leave with fresh ideas for revising your play and the inspiration to put it out into the world.
Kate Aspengren (M.F.A., The University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop) has taught writing at The University of Iowa, Coe College, Grinnell College, and Cornell College. Her plays include Flyer, Rule of Nines, Our Lady of Route 52, and The Ballad of Cowgirl Christy. Her work has been published by Samuel French, Inc., produced throughout the United States and Canada, and has been translated for international production. She holds an annual writing residency at Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Delaware, where her adaptation of Madeleine L’Engel’s A Wrinkle in Time was produced. Kate’s middle-grade novel, Ashley Templeton is Ruining My Life, was recently published by Foreverland Press.