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Writing Workshop: J.T. Rogers

Apr 12 2014 - 12:00pm -- 3:00pm

New Dramatists is excited to offer you a one-day only 3-hour writing workshop with Olivier Award Nominee and 2012 Guggenheim Fellow J.T. Rogers!

Please join us this SATURDAY, APRIL 12TH 12-3PM for PLAYWRITING NUTS & BOLTS. This workshop requires you to attach the first 10-15 pages of your select play with enrollment.

J.T.'s workshop is offered as part of New Dramatists' dual-service program which brings unique, low-cost writing classes (taught by our award-winning resident playwrights and distinguished alumni) to the general public. ALL PROCEEDS go toward an emergency fund provided for in-need writers who apply...

To enroll please write to us at ndworkshops@yahoo.com immediately. Placement is extremely limited.

Playwriting Nuts & Bolts
with J. T. Rogers

A unique writer's voice, the visiting of the muses on our shoulders, the pleasure shock of inspiration...none of these can be passed on from one writer to another. But what we can teach and learn and practice is our craft. And if we take care of the craft, the art will take care of itself. As Arthur Miller pointed out more than once, playwright is spelled like boatwright for a reason.

My own wrestlings with craft have taught me that almost every tangible nuts-and-bolts challenge playwriting presents its practitioners is there, staring us in the face, at the beginnings of our works. So for this afternoon's worth of a workshop we will look at the first 10-15 minutes of each other's plays, which you will submit a few weeks before we meet. Where you are in your practice or career is irrelevant; the problems are the same for the beginner as they are for Mr. Williams or Ms. Churchill.

Your pre-workshop assignment will be read each other's few opening pages so we can dive right in and learn together.

J.T. Rogers’s plays include BLOOD AND GIFTS (National Theatre, London; Lincoln Center Theater, Drama Desk Award Nominee and Lucille Lortel Award Nominee); THE OVERWHELMING (National Theatre; Roundabout Theatre); WHITE PEOPLE (Off Broadway with Starry Night Productions); and MADAGASCAR (SPF Festival in NYC; Melbourne Theatre Company). As one of the original playwrights for the Tricycle Theatre of London’s The Great Game: Afghanistan he was nominated for a 2009 Olivier Award. His works have been staged throughout the United States and in Germany, Canada, Australia, and Israel, and are published by Faber and Faber and Dramatists Play Service. He is a 2012 Guggenheim fellow in playwriting. Other recent awards include, NEA/TCG and NYFA fellowships, the Pinter Review Prize for Drama, the American Theatre Critics Association’s Osborne Award, and the William Inge Center for the Arts’ New Voices Award. Rogers serves on the board of the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund, is a member of New Dramatists, and holds an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Event Details
  • Location
    424 West 44th Street, New York, NY
  • Open to the Public
 
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