2012 PlayTime Developmental Studio Playwrights Announced

November 21, 2012

Clockwise from Top Left: Eugenie Chan, Carlos Murillo, Julie Marie Myatt, Betty Shamieh & Carson Kreitzer
Clockwise from Top Left: Eugenie Chan, Carlos Murillo, Julie Marie Myatt, Betty Shamieh & Carson Kreitzer

New Dramatists, an artistic home and creative laboratory for talented, professional playwrights, is holding its eleventh annual PlayTime Developmental Studio. The PlayTime Developmental Studio is a two-week, in-house retreat for five New Dramatists resident playwrights designed to give them the time and space they need to explore, workshop, rethink, and revise in the company of fellow playwrights, artistic collaborators including directors, designers, and actors and New Dramatists staff. Set within the context of their seven-year residencies with New Dramatists, PlayTime offers these writers one of the most extended, intensive developmental processes possible within our year-round artistic program. PlayTime is part of New Dramatists’ commitment to giving its writers more workshop time to experiment and refine without the pressures of production. This year’s playwrights are: Eugenie Chan, Carlos Murillo, Julie Marie Myatt, Carson Kreitzer, and Betty Shamieh.

Time and space to explore, workshop, rethink, revise

PlayTime 2012 will begin on Sunday, December 2 with two days of play readings and preparatory discussion between the five playwrights, their primary collaborators, stage managers and ND’s artistic staff. Additionally two other New Dramatists playwrights participate as resource playwrights, supporting the developmental process for the five PlayTime playwrights. This year, we have Charise Castro Smith, one of New Dramatists’ three Van Lier Fellows, and Matthew Paul Olmos, the Princess Grace Fellow.

The acting company will join the lab on Tuesday, December 4. The five projects rehearse on a rotating schedule, with time off for rewrites. Surrounding the rehearsals are group events – meals, yoga classes, collaboration meetings, and daily artistic cross-pollinating tea-times – to foster community and exchange.

The Projects:

Letters From My Grandfather by Eugenie Chan

Runway 69 by Carson Kreitzer, Erin Kamler

Your Name Will Follow You Home by Carlos Murillo

Birder by Julie Marie Myatt

Veritas by Betty Shamieh

Final presentations will be held December 12 through December 14. Some readings may be open to the public. Please call 212-757-6960 for the schedule of readings, as reservations will be required.

PlayTime is made possible by major funding from Daryl Roth, The Ted Snowdon Foundation, Isobel Robins Konecky, Betsy and Alan Cohn, The DJ McManus Foundation, and the Robert E. and Judith O. Rubin Foundation.

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