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Playwright opportunities

Greetings NYCPlaywrights


The Westside Community Garden & Stag & Lion Theatre Company Present
William Shakespeare’s 
Every Saturday and Sunday at 6PM
August 13/14, 20/21, 27/28
W. 89th Street between Columbus & Amsterdam Avenues
Manhattan NYC
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"Sing a Secret" @ Judson Memorial Church, NYC (FREE)
Whether you are a seasoned professional, a proud shower singer, or someone who has never opened their mouth to sing, Inside Voice allows singers and non-singers alike to uncover the power and beauty of their full 5-octave range while developing a deep, emotive connection to their own unique sound. 
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NYCPlaywrights is offering free admission for two to see STIRRUPS by Stacey Powells-Lyster at the New York Theater Festival

High school student ELYSE MARKS is forced by her over-bearing mother to see a gynecologist. No birth control, no boyfriend. DR. SHELDON and NURSE CAROL become ELYSE’S go-to confidants over the next 50 years and to some extent, she becomes theirs as well. If those STIRRUPS could talk, what stories they could tell.

This offer is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact us as soon as you get this email at info@nycplaywrights.org and indicate which performance you’d like to attend: August 15 @9PM, August 17 @9PM or August 20 @ 3:30PM. This show is at the Hudson Guild, 441 West 26 Street(between 9th and 10th Avenues) New York, NY.  


Roundabout Theatre Company presents a special $10 ticket offer for their upcoming Broadway production of the reimagined classic, THE CHERRY ORCHARD. As a not-for-profit institution, Roundabout is committed to providing affordable and accessible tickets, and offers a limited quantity of $10 tickets to the first four preview performances of each Broadway and Off-Broadway production. 

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As soon as you finish your last line of dialogue, the need for rewrites begins! Edwin Sanchez (Barefoot Boy with Shoes On) leads The Rewrite at Primary Stages ESPA. You’ll establish individualized writing goals to conquer over ten weeks. This class is dedicated to making a commitment to yourself as a writer—to really write and go for it, without fear of failure. You’ll leave this class with a stronger version of your play, with the tools you need to transform any first draft into a polished, compelling work that's ready to submit. 


The WOMEN’S WORK LAB for short plays provides a supportive and nurturing environment to emerging and mid-career women playwrights. Four to six members are selected each year, along with a similar number of directors. The LAB meets monthly (Sundays) from February through June, allowing for time in between sessions for writers to continue to develop and revise their work in response to feedback. Members are expected to bring work to each session beginning with the development of an original short play based upon an assigned theme. Playwrights receive monthly feedback on their play from the LAB’s group of director/dramaturgs.


21st Annual One Act Festival - Ten Below
The Fine Arts Association will once again showcase original, never been produced 10-minute plays. Those chosen will be fully produced as part of the 21st Annual One Act Festival - Ten Below in February, 2017 at The Fine Arts Association.
Submissions of original ten-minute plays will be accepted beginning Friday, July 1, 2016.


The HBMG Foundation and Creede Repertory Theatre (CRT) are welcoming writers to their community in Colorado for the 3rd National Winters Playwrights Retreat. 
Last winter, 30 playwrights from throughout the country accepted our invitation for an extraordinary creative retreat. This year, we are extending invitations to dramaturgs and directors as well. We want to share our winter with any playwright or group of artists who seek a place to recharge and create. If you are a playwright, director, dramaturg or producer, we invite you to apply. 

*** FOR MORE INFORMATION about these and other opportunities see the NYCPlaywrights web site at http://www.nycplaywrights.org ***

*** HEAT WAVE ***

We’re Having a Heat Wave

Phil Normana

Marilyn Monroe


Some Like It Hot


In the hot seat: playing it cool at the theatre
When temperatures go up, audiences either melt or sit shivering in chilly auditoriums. Just how do you handle the heat?
I asked a keen theatregoing friend if she wanted to accompany me to see a play last week on the London fringe theatre. There was a pause before she enquired: "Will it be air-conditioned?" When I said sadly not, she said she'd pass. There was only so much suffering she was prepared to undergo for art. I don't entirely blame her. Over the last week, some fringe theatres have been so sticky that when you stand up to leave, the seat tries to come with you.


Hot weather shuts the RSC
20th July 2016

Last night's performances at the RSC were cancelled due to problems with the air conditioning. Pictured, Mark Lockyer in The Alchemist
Hundreds of theatre-goers were left disappointed when last night’s performances of Hamlet and The Alchemist were cancelled at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

Faulty air conditioning systems meant that the Swan and Royal Shakespeare Theatres were not comfortably habitable in the hot weather.

Although the company has confirmed today’s matinee of The Alchemist and tonight’s performance of Hamlet will go ahead, they cannot yet say if this evening’s Alchemist will be on as at the moment the air conditioning cannot cope with cooling the two theatres simultaneously. A further announcement is expected at 2.30pm.

In a statement issued to the Herald, the RSC said:

“Owing to a technical problem with the theatre’s cooling system, unfortunately we had to cancel the performances of Hamlet in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and The Alchemist in the Swan Theatre last night (Tuesday). We are very sorry that the performances were cancelled.  All patrons have the option of a full refund or the chance to rebook for a subsequent performance.



Too Darn Hot - KISS ME KATE


110 in the Shade 

A musical with a book by N. Richard Nash, lyrics by Tom Jones, and music by Harvey Schmidt.
Based on Nash's 1954 play The Rainmaker, it focuses on Lizzie Curry, a spinster living on a ranch in the American southwest, and her relationships with local sheriff File, a cautious divorcé who fears being hurt again, and charismatic con man Bill Starbuck, posing as a rainmaker who promises the locals he can bring relief to the drought-stricken area. Nash's book is faithful to his original play, although all the interior scenes were moved outdoors to allow for the addition of townspeople for ensemble numbers and dances. Many of Jones' lyrics come directly from Nash's play.


Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 


Flying cockroaches may invade New York City this weekend thanks to massive heatwave: scientists

American cockroaches are most comfortable in hot and steamy tunnels, aka New York this week.  American cockroaches are most comfortable in hot and steamy tunnels, aka New York this week.  View Full Caption Shutterstock
The aroma of steamy garbage isn't the only thing that will be filling the air in this week's oppressive heat and humidity.

Apparently, a delightful side effect of New York City in the summertime is that it's the perfect weather for inspiring American Cockroaches to take flight, experts said. “In hot steam tunnels, something with the temperature and the humidity encourages them to fly,” said Ken Schumann, an entomologist at Bell Environmental Services. “When it's warm and steamy that seems to be what they like."



West Side Story - Cool

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