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Monday, June 11, 2018

Plays and Pizza at Lucky Jack's Bar and Lounge on June 18th

Please Join Us For The LAST Plays and Pizza Before Our Summer Break

It’s a FABULOUS evening of short plays, and our LAST show til September! With Stand-up Comedy LIVE Music, and FREE Pizza after the show! All for $7.00 at the web link below or $9 bucks at the door!
RESERVATIONS are HIGHLY recommended! Looks like we’re gonna be PACKED!


Date: Monday June 18th 2018 Time: 7:30pm
Lucky Jack’s Bar and Lounge, 129 Orchard St. NYC

In the lounge downstairs.

Rose Desena
Plays and Pizza 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Primary Previews: Discord

Primary Previews at Primary Stages ESPA gives theater artists and theater lovers the opportunity to read and discuss a new work, deconstruct the text, and discuss design and production elements.

This timely New York Premiere finds three of history’s most famous men, all of whom wrote their own version of the gospels, debating everything from religion to literature to marriage.
Instructor: Erin Daley (Artistic Associate, Primary Stages)
Guest Artist: Kimberly Senior (Director, ...Discord)
Tuesday, September 26 from 11:00am – 1:00pm
JOIN US for just $20!

We also invite you to join us for...
Session 2: Pride and Prejudice adapted by and featuring Kate Hamill on Monday, November 13 from 11:00am – 1:00pm.

Primary Stages ESPA is a home for all artists, in all stages of their careers. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Online Writing Classes at Primary Stages ESPA!

Open to writers in New York, New Mexico, New Zealand, and everywhere in between: Online playwriting classes at Primary Stages ESPA are an extension of our time-tested writing curriculum! You can create or polish a draft of your new play through weekly assignments and written lectures, providing the necessary structure and deadlines to those outside the tri-state area or with unpredictable schedules.

Instructor: Sarah Gancher (Writer, The Lucky Ones with The Bengsons at Ars Nova)
Begins September 19
New to Online Curriculum: If you're just stepping into the world of playwriting, welcome! Sarah Gancher will help you build a toolbox of the fundamentals, including discussions of structure, character, and dialogue, so your first play (and each play you write after that!) can be built on a strong foundation.

Instructor: Michele Lowe (Writer, String of Pearls and Motherhood Out Loud at Primary Stages)
Begins September 17
This class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines and constructive feedback that will encourage you to get your ideas on the page. As you meet your deadlines, you will receive feedback from Michele via email each week, giving you the tools necessary to tackle the next assignment.

Instructor: Caridad Svich (Writer, 2012 OBIE Winner for Lifetime Achievement)
Begins September 18
As soon as you finish your last line of dialogue, the need for rewrites begins. Open to new and returning students located anywhere in the world, this class will begin by establishing individualized writing goals to conquer over ten weeks.

For more information, see Online Classroom.

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere.

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The First Draft at Primary Stages ESPA!

Whether you’re writing your first play or your hundredth, it’s not always easy to set the creative wheels in motion. Write your next play this Fall at Primary Stages ESPA!

This 10-week class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines, constructive feedback, and a collaborative environment that will encourage you to get your ideas on the page. This class is geared toward all writers, from those just starting out in the world of playwriting to experienced playwrights looking for a chance to start a new piece. Writing can often be a solitary process, but this class will allow you the opportunity to strengthen your writing skills while building connections with your artistic peers.

Section B: Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes on at Primary Stages)
Starts September 17
Eddie's class is all about being a safe place to try things. One week you may bring in a scene that totally slays, the next week, not so much. But this is the room where you can try.

Section C: Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public Theater)
Starts September 19
Winter will seek for you to be an active participant in your own development as a writer and expect you to pay close attention to the puzzles and obstacles your fellow writers come up against, because the thing someone is trying to unlock may be a mirror for something your own play needs.

Section D: Joshua Harmon (Writer, Significant Other on Broadway, Bad Jews at Roundabout Theater Company)
Starts September 19  
Joshua's goal is to encourage you to write the play you want to write. He believes people write best when they are being built up, not torn down.

Section E: Leah Nanako Winkler (Writer, Kentucky at Ensemble Studio Theatre)
Starts September 21
This class will be a collaborative environment where you are encouraged to bring in unfiltered pages and give and receive feedback from classmates in a safe space. Leah views the first draft as a time to write and take risks without neurosis, and will urge you to write from the heart and let everything fall into place from there.

Section F: Crystal Skillman (Writer, Geek and Rain and Zoe Save the World)
Starts September 27
This is a class of the IMAGINATION. This class will be very much focused on what you are passionate to write a full length about and what is theatrical – and what must be a play.

This class is also available online! For more information, see Online Classroom.

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere.

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Fall Writing Classes at Primary Stages ESPA!


Fall 2017 classes at Primary Stages ESPA are now open for enrollment! Here are just some of the classes in our lineup of opportunities in the writing department:

Kara Lee Corthron (Writer, AliceGraceAnon at New Georges, "Kings" on NBC)
If you're just stepping into the world of playwriting, welcome! Whether you're a theater artist boldly crossing the line from one discipline to another, a novelist or poet searching for a new form, or a budding playwright who wants to get down to basics, this class was made for you.

This class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines, constructive feedback, and a collaborative environment that will encourage you to get your ideas on the page. Instructors include:
Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)
Winter Miller (Writer, In Darfur at The Public Theater)
Joshua Harmon (Writer, Significant Other on Broadway, Bad Jews at Roundabout Theater Company)
Leah Nanako Winkler (Writer, Kentucky at EST)
Crystal Skillman (Writer, Geek and Rain and Zoe Save the World)
Michael Walkup (Producing Artistic Director, Page 73)

Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River Theatre Company)
Whether you choose to embark on a rewrite of your entire play or focus on individual scenes, writing exercises and in-class discussion will inspire you to ask new questions of your play, look at it from various angles, and deconstruct it with your fellow writers. Writers will bring in 20 pages every other week, allowing you to really dive into the rhythm of your play.

Melissa Ross (Of Good Stock at MTC, Nice Girl at Labyrinth)
This class is for those with complete drafts who are ready to hear the play in full and embark on strategic rewrites. Over ten weeks, you will have the opportunity to hear your draft read aloud in its entirety twice. With your classmates and a company of Primary Stages ESPA actors, you’ll hear your draft read in the first half of the semester and then will have three weeks to revise your draft before the second reading.

Kate Wetherhead (Writer, Director, Creator of "Submissions Only"; Actor, Broadway's Legally Blonde and ...Spelling Bee)
Web series are short-form programming created especially for the internet and designed with the immediacy of the audience in mind. This digital marriage of screen and television writing is a platform for writers to do what they want, unrestricted by producers or censors and uniquely positioned to go viral for maximum exposure.

Martyna Majok (Writer, Cost of Living at MTC, Ironbound at Rattlestick/Women's Project)
This workshop will explore the ways in which "action" supports each of the essential building blocks of a play that summon a complete theatrical world. You will explore through exercises and discussion with the group how to effectively create dramatic action as it applies to the structure, pacing, and world of the play.

Adam Kraar (Writer, New World Rhapsody at MTC, Wild Terrain at EST)
This workshop will give you tools for navigating the landscape of new play development. You will learn strategies for setting workshop goals, tips for communicating about your play with collaborators and decision-makers, and the secrets of having a successful play reading.

Sasha Eden (Actor, Producer, and Co-Founder of WET Productions)
This workshop will guide you through each of the producing fundamentals: developing your concept, working with source material, participating in successful collaborations, merging entrepreneurial efforts with artistic inspiration, and the nuts and bolts of building a production company.

Click here for the full list of writing classes.

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere.

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Monday, July 24, 2017

MANHATTAN REPERTORY THEATRE'S FALL PLAY PRODUCTION PROGRAM

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We are making it possible for anyone with a good play, and for a nominal fee, to have their play produced at Manhattan Rep. We supply the director, the cast, the rehearsal space, set and props, and we bring your play to life in Midtown Manhattan where one can invite friends, family, producers and literary agents to come and see it. And it doesn't cost an arm and a leg!

Yes, you need to workshop your play to develop it further! This is a fantastic opportunity where you don't have to do the work.

Self-producing is challenging. Here is an opportunity to make it easy.

WE NOW HAVE SLOTS AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER THROUGH NOVEMBER 2017!

For a 10 minute play with 1 to 3 characters:
For Manhattan Rep to put up your production in one of our short play events the fee will be $695.00

For a 11 - 20 minute short play with 1 to 3 characters:
For Manhattan Rep to put up your production in one of our short play events the fee will be $895.00

For a 21 - 35 minute 1 act play with 1 to 4 characters:
For Manhattan Rep to put up your production in one of our short play events the fee will be $1195.00

For a Full - Length play with up to 6 characters:
Fee based on the play and production requirements.

(The fee for a full-length play is usually at least 4 to 6 times the amount of a shorter play due to rehearsal time, stand alone performance time and full-length plays get 3 - 8 performances depending upon what you want. Submit your play if you are interested, and we will send you a Budget/Fee.)

If you are interested in this program, please email your submission to:

manhattanrep@yahoo.com
Please include the complete play as a .pdf,
  • a synopsis of the play, 
  • the aprox. running time, 
  • set and lighting requirements, 
  • your contact email address, 
  • your mailing address, 
  • and your contact phone number. 
Please put "Play Production Program" in the subject heading.

We will get back to you in a day or so as to your acceptance to this program.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

CALLING ALL PLAYWRIGHTS OF MUSICAL AND PLAYS

NYWINTERFEST 2108 FESTIVAL COMPETITION - FIRST PRIZE $2,500

PLAY AND MUSICALS, FULL LENGTH, ONE ACT, SHORTS FESTIVAL COMPETITION.


Are you looking for a way to stage your writing? Do you want to see your production up and running, but know the enormous cost it takes to even put on a small reading? Are you looking to connect with other playwrights who are supportive and want the best for you and your production?

If you answered yes to one or all of these, the NYWinterfest 2018 is for you.

This is our 12th festival season in just 7 years, due to the commitment we give to our participants.

No other festival offers over $6000 in prizes honoring not only the Best Play or Musical, but your director, actors, singers, stage managers, set and lighting designers and score.

For an incredibly low participation fee you not only get 3 nights to perform your work in a state of the art 99 seat theatre, but we provide the following:

Extra long techs.

A professional lighting and sound system–with 92 professional lights in the plot including LED lights and color gels – that’s easy to use, even for non-techies. This includes a free tutorial on how to use the light/sound/projection system.

Storage for your props, costumes and set pieces during the entire run of your play. No other festival  offers this luxury.

74 set props, including varied pieces of real furniture. (http://newyorktheaterfestival.com/props/). 

2 projector – back stage that covers a 21×12 and stage right 14×8.

An 88 electric piano that all productions can use.

Free box office management.

We offer free tickets to all shows for the cast and crew of every production, participants to learn from your colleagues.

Guidance to help make your show a success. We answers to all questions in a matter of hours.

A knowledgeable staff to offer that personal touch.

We have a personal theatre expert who for a small fee will offer marketing, consultations and reviews.
An incredible website with a dedicated page/post where you can upload all you needs.

Above all, you will be treated with great respect, support and a real spirit of friendship.


Submissions Accepted from Everywhere in the US Shows from outside NY and NJ can only run if the entire cast and crew are from New York City. Submissions must be between 5 and 90 minutes long. 

Plays are considered on a first-come first-served basis. (The earlier you submit, the better your chances are of having your script invited to the festival.)

We know exactly what you need to make your show a success and we welcome you into our community of playwrights and theater innovators!

NYWINTERFEST THEATER FESTIVAL A NON-UNION AND EQUITY SHOWCASE. Each applicant is fully responsible for all elements of their production. These include directing, casting, stage-managing.

Friday, July 14, 2017

NYWINTERFEST 2018

CALLING ALL PLAYWRIGHTS OF MUSICAL AND PLAYS!

NYWINTERFEST 2018

PLAY AND MUSICALS , FULL LENGHT, ONE ACT, SHOTS FESTIVAL COMPETITION

To Submit: http://newyorktheaterfestival.com/summerfest-festivals/submission-rules-summerfest-playwrights-festivals/

Are you looking for a way to stage your writing? Do you want to see your production up and running, but know the enormous cost it takes to even put on a small reading? Are you looking to connect with other playwrights who are supportive and want the best for you and your production?

If you answered yes to one or all of these, the NYWinterfest 2018 is for you.

This is our 12th festival season in just 7 years, due to the commitment we give to our participants.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

NYSUMMERFEST PLAYWRIGHT/MUSICAL/ONE ACT/ SHORT FESTIVAL COMPETITION

ONLY SPOTS IN SEPTEMBER AVAILABLE

SUBMISSIONS WANTED

Welcome to the best and most supportive festival in US Play and Musicals between 5 and 90 minutes accepted

TO SUBMIT

http://newyorktheaterfestival.com/summerfest-festivals/submission-rules-summerfest-playwrights-festivals/

BEST PLAY OR MUSICAL $3,500

BEST DIRECTOR, ACTRESS, ACTOR, SINGER EACH $500 BEST STAGE MANAGER, SET DESIGNER AND LIGHTING DESIGNER EACH $200 BEST MUSIC SCORE $300 BEST ORIGINAL PLAY $200

NO FEES REQUIRED TO SUBMIT TO THIS FESTIVAL.

WHY YOU WILL NOT FIND ANY OTHER FESTIVAL EVER THAT OFFERS ALL WE OFFER

Submissions Accepted from Everywhere in the US Shows from outside NY and NJ can only run if the entire cast and crew are from New York City.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

NYSUMMERFEST PLAYWRIGHT/MUSICAL/ONE ACT/ SHORT FESTIVAL COMPETITION

ONLY SPOTS IN SEPTEMBER AVAILABLE

SUBMISSIONS WANTED

Welcome to the best and most supportive festival in US Play and Musicals between 5 and 90 minutes accepted

TO SUBMIT

http://newyorktheaterfestival.com/summerfest-festivals/submission-rules-summerfest-playwrights-festivals/

BEST PLAY OR MUSICAL $3,500

BEST DIRECTOR, ACTRESS, ACTOR, SINGER EACH $500 BEST STAGE MANAGER, SET DESIGNER AND LIGHTING DESIGNER EACH $200 BEST MUSIC SCORE $300 BEST ORIGINAL PLAY $200

NO FEES REQUIRED TO SUBMIT TO THIS FESTIVAL.

WHY YOU WILL NOT FIND ANY OTHER FESTIVAL EVER THAT OFFERS ALL WE OFFER

Submissions Accepted from Everywhere in the US Shows from outside NY and NJ can only run if the entire cast and crew are from New York City.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Screenwriting Class at Primary Stages ESPA!

Summer Screenwriting at Primary Stages ESPA is now open for enrollment!

Instructor: Kate Cortesi (Screenwriter, New Line Cinema)
Tuesdays from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Starts June 20
Screenwriting is a specialized craft with its own set of dramatic writing principles. Film allows writers to tell stories in an infinite range of styles, from special effects-charged blockbusters to the intimate indie projects. In this 8-week class, you will apply the concepts of character development, visual storytelling, theme, plot, and dialogue to your own original script. Class time will be devoted to the development and discussion of new stories as well as screenplays-in-progress, with assignments and feedback tailored to the needs of your project. Kate will also take special care to inspire you as a writer, and together you will explore techniques for maintaining that inspiration as you work through the challenges of this form. Regardless of prior experience, expect to leave this class with a solid foundation to tell your story on the silver screen.

Click here for the full list of Summer writing classes.

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere.

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x211 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Summer Writing Classes at Primary Stages ESPA!

Summer 2017 classes at Primary Stages ESPA are now open for enrollment! Here are just some of the classes in our lineup of opportunities in the writing department:

Kara Lee Corthron (Writer, AliceGraceAnon at New Georges, "Kings" on NBC)
If you're just stepping into the world of playwriting, welcome! Whether you're a theater artist boldly crossing the line from one discipline to another, a novelist or poet searching for a new form, or a budding playwright who wants to get down to basics, this class was made for you.

This class will guide you through the development of your first draft, providing concrete deadlines, constructive feedback, and a collaborative environment that will encourage you to get your ideas on the page. Instructors include:
Leah Nanako Winkler (Writer, Kentucky at EST)
Michael Walkup (Producing Artistic Director, Page 73)
Abe Koogler (Writer, Kill Floor at Lincoln Center Theater, upcoming Fulfillment Center at MTC)
Eddie Sanchez (Writer, Barefoot Boy with Shoes On at Primary Stages)

Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River Theatre Company)
Whether you choose to embark on a rewrite of your entire play or focus on individual scenes, writing exercises and in-class discussion will inspire you to ask new questions of your play, look at it from various angles, and deconstruct it with your fellow writers. Writers will bring in 20 pages every other week, allowing you to really dive into the rhythm of your play.

Crystal Skillman (Writer, Geek and Rain and Zoe Save the World)
Developing a strong portfolio of short plays is one of the fastest ways to become a produced or even published playwright. In this class, you’ll learn how not to waste a single word, cut mercilessly for the sake of the story, think outside of the box of structure, and have some fun.

Kate Cortesi (Screenwriter, New Line Cinema)
Screenwriting is a specialized craft with its own set of dramatic writing principles. In this 8-week class, you will apply the concepts of character development, visual storytelling, theme, plot, and dialogue to your own original script.

Cusi Cram (Writer, A Lifetime Burning at Primary Stages, Showtime's “The Big C")
How do you start a play? This two-day workshop is designed to get you writing, exploring a wide range of approaches and techniques, both mental and physical. Suitable for writers in all stages of their development.

Click here for the full list of writing classes.

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere.

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x211 or email espa@primarystages.org.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

NYSUMMERFEST PLAYWRIGHT/MUSICAL/ONE ACT/ SHORT FESTIVAL COMPETITION

ONLY SPOTS IN SEPTEMBER AVAILABLE

SUBMISSIONS WANTED

Welcome to the best and most supportive festival in US Play and Musicals between 5 and 90 minutes accepted

TO SUBMIT

http://newyorktheaterfestival.com/summerfest-festivals/submission-rules-summerfest-playwrights-festivals/

BEST PLAY OR MUSICAL $3,500

BEST DIRECTOR, ACTRESS, ACTOR, SINGER EACH $500 BEST STAGE MANAGER, SET DESIGNER AND LIGHTING DESIGNER EACH $200 BEST MUSIC SCORE $300 BEST ORIGINAL PLAY $200

NO FEES REQUIRED TO SUBMIT TO THIS FESTIVAL.

WHY YOU WILL NOT FIND ANY OTHER FESTIVAL EVER THAT OFFERS ALL WE OFFER

Submissions Accepted from Everywhere in the US Shows from outside NY and NJ can only run if the entire cast and crew are from New York City.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Six stage plays by Ronald Micci at Amazon

Theater Companies – Actors – Directors – Extra!  Extra!  
Sound the trumpets!  Alert the Burgermeister!  Six of my stage plays, battle-tested in New York Metropolitan venues, are now available for sample and purchase as Kindlebooks: The Gill People of Outerborough Queens (radio farce); Biff Bang, American Hero; Johnny Pepys, the Gangster Diaries; Breakers; The Arbor; and All the Wolves You Were (werewolf spoof).  Free PDF hard copies will be made available to all who purchase the Kindle versions.  Hey, check ‘em out.  Good, solid, professional stuff, not the usual amateur gunk.  I swear.  
(Posted by Ronald Micci.  Just input the name in Amazon.com)

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