The Shop Talk Series is a newly developed program created by Patrick Hill, our Director of Special Programming, focusing on developing plays at day-long, intensive workshops. In our present theatre culture the playwright is commonly an ignored player in the rehearsal room, giving them little to no opportunities to explore their work once it's gone into rehearsals.
Because of this, the star of these workshops will be the playwright. The point of this series is not to turn out a high-quality production but to give the playwright a stress-free, open environment to create and explore his or her own work.
The product of the workshops will vary depending on what the playwright wants to gain from the experience: they may lead to a staged reading open to the public at the end of the day, or could be presented as a closed reading for an invited audience. There is even the possibility that there will be no official showing of the play at all. The point is not to turn out something to the public in order to make a bottom line, it's to create an environment where playwrights and actors are allowed to try anything because anything is possible.
If you are a playwright and would like to submit your work to be considered for a workshop, please send your script and a detailed description of what about it you'd like to work on to Patrick Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shop Talk series