Established in the early 90's, while Ensemble was still housed in The Civic, "Stagewrights" was originally the brainchild of Don Bianchi (one of the Founders of Dobama) and Park Goist (a professor of American Studies at Case Western Reserve University). The two gentleman hoped to create opportunity for local playwrights. The program was a FREE series of staged readings, that allowed local playwrights a platform to display their work.
In May of 2011, at a talkback and Masterclass after Ensemble's production of Huck and Holden, playwright Rajiv Joseph mentioned a group in NYC called Lark Play Development, whose purpose was not to produce plays but to provide playwrights with a supportive environment in which to write with their collaborators.
Ensemble established the inaugural Colombi New Plays Festival in March of 2012. This festival allowed a select number of playwrights to see a "festival" production of their work. With these "stages" of work in mind, Ensemble's current Stagewrights program has evolved to incorporate all three parts of this journey. From the FREE workshops where actors and playwrights bring pages to read, to the staged readings, and then festival productions, playwrights receive feedback from their peers, audiences, and local or visiting playwriting professionals like Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright Rajiv Joseph, or Distinguished Professor and Head of Ohio University's Graduate Playwriting program, Charles Smith. Although the workshop is year round and some staged readings happen through out the season, the festival brings focus to the month of March. Festival productions run on the weekends while staged readings supplement the performance schedules through out the month. A showcase of Cleveland artists all March long.
THE SCRIPT CHOSEN for the 2017 Colombi New Play's Festival is:
OCCUPATION DAD by Tyler Whidden.
March 17th-April 2nd. Fridays & Saturdays @8pm. Sundays @2pm.
directed by Aaron D. Elersich.
Starring: Abraham Adams, Valerie Young, Katie Atkinson, Darrell Starnick, Hope Wondowsky, & Becca Moseley.
*Some of the new works selected for production come from the workshop, WHICH IS FREE!
Join us if you have something to share, or if you would just like to help read for others to!
Weekly Workshop When & Where:
Where: At Ensemble. 2843 Washington Blvd. Cleveland Hts., OH 44118.
When: *EVERY Wednesday night from 7:00-9:00pm.
*(Some workshops may be canceled or postponed, so please call to confirm if it is your first visit!)
For more information: P: 216.321.2930 (or) E: firstname.lastname@example.org
CALL FOR SCRIPTS!
Ensemble is calling for scripts as part of our 2017 Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Project:
THE PRICE OF PROGRESS.
Ensemble Theatre (as well as other community organizations: i.e.: libraries, coffee shops, bars, and other theatre) will host a series of FREE STAGED READINGS surrounding our production of August Wilson's RADIO GOLF.
We are asking local playwrights to submit and script (or portion of a larger script) that is 10-30 minutes in length that address some of the themes that are prevalent in August Wilson's play RADIO. Some of these themes include RACE, GENTRIFICATION, ANCESTRY, THE COST OF RUNNING FOR A POLITICAL OFFICE (personally/financially/professionally), city development/planning, just to name a few. Please submit your piece for consideration by no later than JANUARY 22nd to email@example.com. Please include THE PRICE OF PROGRESS in the subject line of the email. Please include how you would like the title of your show to show up in press/print/web and the author's name. PLEASE SUBMIT IN PDF FORMAT ONLY. An ensemble staff member will contact you to inform you that your script has been selected and communicate reading instructions. Slots for readings will be selected by Ensemble Staff based on author availability. A complete list of possible dates will be posted shortly.
Please call us with ANY questions and we look forward to seeing you in our audiences.
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