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2012 Special Events



Date: July 22, Sunday
Time: 3-5pm
Venue: Thick House, 1695 18th Street, San Francisco

Playwrights Foundation invited Melpomene Katakalos, scenic designer and professor at Lehigh University and playwrights George Brant, Gordon Dahlquist, Aditi Kapil, Aaron Loeb, and Lauren Yee to discuss the perks and challenges of design and new play development. The panel discussed the importance of building trusting relationships that challenge both playwright and designer to expand their idea of the world of the play. Melpomene showed examples from her portfolio of how a dramaturgical approach to design to a new play can help execute fantastical stage directions. The playwrights discussed learning to be flexible while building the world of the play; Lauren Yee noted learning, “Not all places in [her] play are as important as others.” They also spoke of the fear of not being produced because of large or complicated scenic designs.

Watch the complete conversation on the Playwrights Foundation channel on New Play TV by clicking here.




Date: July 27, Friday
Time: 2pm-5pm
Venue: Thick House, 1695 18th Street, San Francisco

New Play Symposium for Theater Professionals and Aficionados
Form V.S. Content: Who’s Your Mama?

A lively conversation and showcase about theatrical aesthetics
With Lauren Gunderson leading a conversation with Mark Jackson, Abi Basch, Members of kInDeRdEuTsCh pRoJeKtS, Laura Hope and J.C, Lee

Playwrights Foundation and resident playwright Lauren Gunderson assembled a panel of artists of varying focuses and aesthetics to discuss the relationship between the form and content of a new play and how they influence the development of a new play. The diverse group of panelists covered everything from form purposefully interrupting content to the American attention span privileging plays without an intermission.

Ask yourself to face some of these challenging questions by watching the recorded conversation on New Play TV by clicking here.


Date: July 29, Sunday
Time: 11am-2pm
Venue: Thick House, 1695 18th Street, San Francisco

The interns and staff at Playwrights Foundation sent an open invitation to early career theater makers to meet, mix, and mingle. Interns, freelance theater practitioners, and young professionals of various focuses came from all parts of the bay and started a conversation about the upcoming generation’s contribution to the theater community. Discussion topics included: the power of residencies, effective marketing, and the importance of communication in the community beyond plugging programming. The event resulted in the creation of a Facebook group, and the dedication to grow the group and continue to meet to explore future possibilities for collaboration and the ability to support each other. Playwrights Foundation has agreed to support this new group with a meeting place as they expand a plan their revolution.

For more information on the event, please contact convening@playwrightsfoundation.org .