2013 PlayTime Developmental Studio Playwrights Announced

November 22, 2013

Clockwise from top left: Barbara Hammond, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Susan Mosakowski, John Walch and Jenny Schwartz
Clockwise from top left: Barbara Hammond, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Susan Mosakowski, John Walch and Jenny Schwartz

New Dramatists, an artistic home and creative laboratory for talented, professional playwrights, is holding its twelfth 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 Barbara Hammond, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Susan Mosakowski, Jenny Schwartz and John Walch.

Time and space to explore, workshop, rethink, revise

PlayTime 2013 will begin on Monnday, 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 New Dramatists residents Carlos Murillo and Julie Marie Myatt will participate as resource playwrights, supporting the developmental process for the five PlayTime playwrights.

The acting company will join the lab on Wednesday, 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.

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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