MINNEAPOLIS — The Playwrights’ Center announced Monday the plays and playwrights to be featured in its 2013 PlayLabs Festival and 2013-14 Ruth Easton New Play Series, the public components of the development work at the Center.
The Playwrights’ Center’s public season elevates the staged reading to an intimate art form all its own, featuring top local and national actors, incorporating design elements and giving adventurous theatergoers the chance to interact with the playwright who created the new work—for free. Previous seasons saw standing-room-only audiences eager to take part in the new play experience.
PlayLabs and the Ruth Easton New Play Series represent the Center’s most intensive play development opportunities for playwrights. Both programs allow Playwrights’ Center Core Writers to test and improve their scripts with help from teams of professional theater artists and, ultimately, a live audience.
“Twin Cities theatergoers have a real hunger for new work, and take pride in supporting the development of writers and works that will be electrifying stages around the country,” said Producing Artistic Director Jeremy B. Cohen.
“We’re so excited to dig into the development of this season’s diverse and creative plays with our collaborators and share them with the public. The playwrights who participate in our public season tell us they get so much out of the experience of seeing how a live audience interacts with their words, and audiences love the thrill of seeing this raw new work. These events also give us the opportunity to bring in major artistic leaders from around the country so they can experience the work of our talented writers firsthand.”
The Playwrights’ Center’s 30th Annual PlayLabs Festival, running October 21-27, will offer two readings each of three new plays. Participating playwrights receive a 30-hour workshop in the Playwrights’ Center’s Lab that includes writing time in between readings for the playwright to incorporate new insights into the play.
The Festival will also include a panel discussion on the idea of sustaining epic theater, featuring leading voices in the national theater field; a showcase of the Center’s playwriting fellows; and a huge celebration for the artists involved and thetheater community. All events are free and open to the public.
The 2013 PlayLabs Festival will feature Angel Fat by Trista Baldwin (local writer); Scapegoat by Christina Ham (local writer); and The Royal Society of Antarctica by Mat Smart.
RUTH EASTON NEW PLAY SERIES
The Ruth Easton New Play Series offers one-night-only readings one Monday a month between December and April. Participating playwrights receive 20-hour workshops in the Lab and often engage in a discussion with the audience following the reading.
The 2013-14 Ruth Easton New Play Series will feature Finding Fish by Carlyle Brown (local writer); The Crackatook by Playwrights’ Center founder Barbara Field (local writer); Goddess of Mercy by Jenny Connell Davis; Terminus by Gabriel Dean; and Seed by Winter Miller.