NYCPlaywrights September 24, 2016
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*** RESULTS OF THE SURVEY ***
The question was “Have you ever had one of your plays produced?” and the answers are:
4% Yes (self-production)
47% Yes (produced by others)
36% Yes (both self-production and produced by others)
11% Not yet
2% I’m not a playwright
Thanks to everybody who participated.
*** FREE TICKET GIVE-AWAY ***
by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Christopher Romero Wilson
September 28- October 1, 2016
September 28, 2016 | 6:30 pm
October 1, 2016 | 5:00 pm
An adaptation of Williams’ play about a brother-sister acting duo, who’s theatre company abandons them with nothing but a few set pieces and their imaginations. The play explores identity, fear, and consciousness, by delving into the minds of these two outlandish characters. The cast includes Saima Huq and Vishaal Reddy, in the role of Felice and Claire Devoto, respectively.
If you would like tickets, contact Vishaal Reddy at firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate the date of the performance you want, and how many tickets.
*** DISCOUNT TICKETS: A DAY BY THE SEA ***
A DAY BY THE SEA
By N.C. Hunter
Directed by Austin Pendleton
The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row – 410 West 42nd Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues
A Day by the Sea is a warm, human and often humorous depiction of the "crisis" of middle age. Julian Anson, a once-promising Foreign Service employee, confronts professional disappointment and personal failure while picnicking along the English seaside. Jolted into the realization that maybe it’s not too late - he seizes an opportunity to correct his past mistakes and start fresh - but will the results be any different?
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*** PRIMARY STAGES - ARTISTIC STATEMENT WORKSHOP ***
November 12-13: ARTISTIC STATEMENT WORKSHOP: In this 2-day workshop at Primary Stages ESPA, JILL RAFSON (Director of New Play Development at Roundabout, who personally shepherded the original commission and development of the Tony-winning/Pulitzer-nominated THE HUMANS) will help you conquer the overwhelming task of writing about yourself and your work. She will share practical tips on how to articulate what makes your work vital and provide a font of knowledge about how to make your statement—and your application as a whole, including log lines and plot synopses—more competitive. Use code DEPOSIT to secure your spot for just $50.
Payment plans available.
*** NYWINTERFEST THEATER COMPETITION ***
NYWINTERFEST THEATER COMPETITION
BEST PLAY $2,500
Best Director, Actress, Actor and Singer $500 each
Best Musical Score $300
Best Original Play, Stage Manager and Set Designer $200.
All genres are welcome, including MUSICALS.
PLAYS OR MUSICALS BETWEEN 10 AND 90 MINUTES
ONE ACT PLAY WELCOME
Our 10th Festival Season
There is no question why NYWINTERFEST has taken the world of playwrighting festivals by storm, becoming one of the largest festival in the country in just 6 years.
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*** PLAYWRIGHTS OPPORTUNITIES ***
M. T. Pockets Theatre 4th Annual One-Act Play Contest
Limit TWO entries per playwright.
Each entry must:
▪ be unpublished, with 3 or less productions
▪ (excluding readings, self-productions and/or contest productions);
▪ require two to four (2 to 4) characters
▪ be no more than 10 minutes in running time
▪ require minimal props and costumes
▪ excluding the title and cast pages, be no more than ten (10) pages long.
The University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance is excited to announce our third annual 10-Minute Play Festival for spring of 2017. We will begin accepting submissions for this festival on August 15, 2016; the submission period closes on October 31, 2016. Nine selected 10-minute plays will receive productions as part of a multi-evening festival, produced in the newly upgraded José Quintero Theatre on the University of Houston campus. This festival is open to all applicants, amateur or professional.
Rover Dramawerks announces our third annual 10-Minute Play Contest! We are seeking 10-minute comedies or farces to be a part of our Seventeenth Season.
Submissions will be accepted from September 20 to October 20.
Only the first 300 10-minute plays will be accepted.
Plays may have been produced previously but not in the DFW Metroplex.
Plays may not be published.
Playwrights may submit only one 10-minute play. Additional plays submitted by a single person will result in disqualification.
*** FOR MORE INFORMATION about these and other playwrights opportunities see the web site at http://www.nycplaywrights.org ***
*** PLAYING THE WIFE~GIRLFRIEND~MOTHER ***
Why are you so often cast as wives and mothers?
Amy Ryan: There’s just not a lot of variety. Wives. Ex-wives. Ex-wives who are understanding. I’m bored of the wifey-poos. I’d like to see the reverse. Let the men hold the laundry basket, listen to the problems and be the sounding board.
Margot Robbie rose to national prominence in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street, where she played the perfectly coiffed trophy wife to Leonardo DiCaprio’s charismatic stockbroker lizard man. Since then, she’s had a certain tendency to take major film roles—Focus, Z For Zachariah—where her characters were largely defined by their relationships with men. (Even her big superhero vehicle, this summer’s Suicide Squad, sees Harley Quinn potentially overshadowed by her creepy, used condom-mailing ex-boyfriend.)
…Hindi film heroines still get little chance to take on the burden of a film and end up playing wife, girlfriend or love interest, says actor-producer Lara Dutta, explaining that the name of her production company Bhigi Basanti is a tongue-in-cheek take on how they are viewed in Bollywood. 'Basanti obviously came from Sholay and it's also a typical Hindi film heroine name. I think Bhigi Basanti is a very quintessential, typical image of a Hindi film heroine that has been in cinema across time. For me, it was a little bit of a tongue-in-cheek take also on how heroines are viewed in the Hindi film industry,' said Lara.
Study Finds Fewer Lead Roles for Women in Hollywood
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I,” “Gone Girl” and “Maleficent” are powered by indelible female protagonists and rank among the biggest films of last year, but women are still treated like second-class citizens when it comes to most Hollywood movies, according to a new study.
They’re the girlfriend, the mother or the wife. Their value is determined in relation to the people they bed, marry or birth.
The gender gap is documented in new research by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University that found that females comprised a paltry 12% of protagonists in the top-grossing films of 2014. Over the past decade, the situation has gotten worse, not better. The latest figures represent a drop of three percentage points from 2013 and a fall of four percentage points from 2002.
Seventy-nine percent of television shows studied featured casts of characters where men outnumbered women. Casts where woman comprised the majority made up a meager 16 percent of the programs reviewed; casts featuring equal numbers of men and women appeared in only 5. But women don’t just appear less frequently than men—they also hold fewer prominent roles. Thirty-nine percent of the speaking characters studied were women, a percentage which indicates a marginal decrease from previous years. Women—when they’re actually on-screen—also continue to be portrayed in line with gender stereotypes: Female characters were more likely to be concerned with romantic relationships and caregiving and less likely to be shown in work environments or depicted as possessing work-related goals.
Keira Knightley: “It’s very rare that I get offered interesting roles”
…Explaining why she was happy to take a pay-cut, Knightley told The Hollywood Reporter: “It’s very rare that I get offered interesting roles; there are very, very few out there for women.”
In the production, Knightley plays Therese, a woman who escapes an unhappy marriage through a murder plot with a new lover.
“When something like this comes along, you go, ‘I can sink my teeth into it and not just be the supportive girlfriend or wife,’ which can get rather boring,” she said.
Knightley had previously been offered the role in two other adaptations of the play, but turned them down.
Trying to predict who’ll win an Oscar this year?
Well, this should make it easier.
Ever since the Academy Awards launched in 1929, most Best Actress awards have gone to women who played the roles of wife, widow or prostitute.
When the new season of True Detective kicks off June 21, Rachel McAdams will be playing one of the leads. But don't expect her character to have much in common with the types she plays in movies – or, for that matter, with female characters in the first season of the show.
"I love that she's not the girlfriend or the wife," McAdams, 36, says in the June issue of Marie Claire about her character, a Ventura, California, police officer named Ani Bezzerides. "She doesn't really care what everyone thinks; she feels no responsibility for other people's feelings. She's not trying to be charming, which isn't always the case with a leading lady."
Women’s stories need to be told – and we need more female acting roles available to be able to do that properly. According to some researchers, only one out of three acting roles in theatrical productions go to women – despite the fact that theatre audiences are almost always overwhelmingly female.
As actresses, we always face greater competition at auditions than our male counterparts do – and part of the reason for this is an abundance of plays where the number of male roles far outweighs the number of female roles. We can all tell stories of being cast in a show, and rehearsals can’t start for a couple of weeks because the director is still having trouble finding enough men for the male roles.
In addition, we often run into the issue that, when there are female roles available, they are very stereotypical, one-dimensional roles. Part of the fun of acting is finding a “meaty,” challenging role to sink our teeth into. We actresses are so tired of playing “the girlfriend,” who has no relevance to the plot and no personality of her own outside of being the male character’s arm candy.
Reese Witherspoon revealed the day she decided to stop chasing "awful roles" and become more selective about the movies she makes – even if that meant making fewer movies.
"About four years ago I got sent an awful terrible script," she explained. "And this male star was starring in it, and there was a girlfriend part. And I thought, 'You've got to be kidding me. No, I'm not interested.' "
Without naming the movie, the actress, 39, goes on to explain that the filmmakers tried to pursue her by telling her that "three Oscar winners and two huge box office leading ladies" were also going for the role.
But instead of motivating her to take the part, it opened Witherspoon's eyes to a more alarming problem for women in Hollywood.
"I thought, 'Oh, that's where we're at? You're fighting to be the girlfriend in a dumb comedy? For what?' "
Diverse and well-defined parts such as the ones Theron enjoys—a ruthless killer in one film, a dying woman in love in another—aren’t offered to Viola Davis, nor are well-paid endorsement deals with Christian Dior. In the world Davis lives in, you take a role like the one of Aibileen in The Help because you’ve long given up on the notion that more balanced, nuanced parts about women who look like you are on the horizon. You understand that even in major films that feature African-American male stars, you may not get to costar as the wife, girlfriend, or partner because big studios get more “bang for their buck” when the female is of another race.
The Women Nominated For 2016 Emmy Awards Are Playing More Than Just Wives
If you're a woman looking to get a Best Actress Oscar nomination, you should probably play a wife. In a study from earlier this year, Fusion looked at every Best Actress Oscar winner over the Academy Awards' 88-year history and found that 16 percent of women who took home the statue did so for playing wives. A role that could be a complicated one, but in most cases, meant these women were defined by their relationship to their husbands, who were the real stars of the film. (Only two Best Actor winners were playing husbands.) But, if you're a woman looking to win an Emmy, you have a lot more options. Looking at the 2016 Emmy nominees for Best Actress in Drama and in Comedy, you may notice "wife" is not the only word that would be used to define any of this year's 12 nominees.