30 Pages in 30 Days Playwriting Pre-Workshop

30 Pages in 30 Days, A Playwright Competition is a community engagement initiative organized by Prescott Park Arts Festival and funded for a second season by a New Hampshire Humanities Community Project Grant.

The organizers of Prescott Park Arts Festival (PPAF) believe that playwriting and performing can help bridge the gaps of understanding. Integral to the 30 Pages in 30 Days competition are workshops designed to focus aspiring playwrights on expressing the complexity of the human experience in relation to a chosen social issue – in other words – telling both sides.

To participate in this year’s competition in January, writers must choose one of two pre-writing workshops to be held at UNH in December: Tuesday evening, December 12, or Saturday morning, December 16. The workshops offer specific methods for developing scripts from the raw material of oral or written histories, news articles, and personal stories. Activities will include:
•          The fundamentals of playwriting
•          Transforming an issue into the basis for a play
•          Developing a workable story for a play
•          Transforming resource materials into dialogue
•          Creating compelling characters

(This is a mandatory workshop required for partcipation in the project)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017: 6-9pm
UNH Paul Creative Arts Center
Social Issue Focused Playwriting, led by David Kaye

An award-winning playwright, director, actor and designer, David is a Fulbright Scholar and the recipient of several awards, including the new Gland Theatre Conference Theatre Educator of the Year, UNH Outstanding Associate Professor, and Spotlight on the Arts Awards for Best Director and Best Supporting Actor. David is a graduate of the MFA professional theatre-training program at Brandeis University and has served as Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at UNH.

Saturday, December 16, 2017: 9am-12pm
UNH Paul Creative Arts Center
Social Issue Focused Playwriting, led by Nina Morrison

Nina Louise Morrison is a theatre generator: playwright, director, deviser, dramaturg, actor and teacher. She loves hearing new pages of new plays out loud for the first time, brainstorming on blackboards, and creating great reckonings in small rooms. She is a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow, Huntington Playwriting Fellow alumnus at the Huntington Theatre Company, and winner of the 2016 Boston Project commission at SpeakEasy Stage Company. She is a core member of Project: Project and Rhombus.

After attending a mandatory pre-writing workshop, participants will write a one-act play between January 2 and February 1, 2018, and playwrights will submit final versions on Feb. 1. Contact Prescott Park Arts Festival, 436-2848 or visit www.prescottpark.org/30in30. To register for one of the mandatory, free, playwriting workshops, please visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3179257