Playwriting is a very different craft from writing prose - when one writes for actors, you need to understand the methods actors use to bring a playwright's words to life. In this class the student will learn the subtle techniques characters use to influence each other - and how to make situations exciting and filled with tension. Starting with the short dramatic or comic scene, we will expand towards writing a fuller work - either a one act or a full length. Students will also be given techniques of how to get over "page fright," the fear of getting started. Students will be expected to write every week and bring at least three pages to each three hour class. We will be exploring the tools of theater, including but not limited to: character, theatricality, dialogue, setting, images, actions and obstacles.
With each producing season a selection of these plays are cast with actors from Chelsea Repertory Company & LAB at the Studio and assigned a director, allowing each student playwright to go through the rehearsal process with their script in preparation for public readings and workshop productions at the Studio. Many plays are selected each year to be produced by Chelsea Rep LAB in their e-MERGING ARTISTS: One-act Play Festival every Fall.
Please note: Students should plan on spending three hours outside of class each week for reading and writing class assignments.Writers are urged to submit work and/or attend the monthly Chelsea Rep Playwriting LAB.
|Fall 2017||8 wks||Kareken||Sun||1:00-4:00 pm||Oct 15, 2017||$400||open|
|Winter 2018||8 wks||Kareken||Sun||1:00-4:00 pm||Jan 28, 2018||$400||open|
|Spring 2018||8 wks||Kareken||Sun||1:00-4:00 pm||Apr 8, 2018||$400||open|
|Summer 2018||8 wks||Kareken||Sun||1:00-4:00 pm||Jul 8, 2018||$400||open|