The PG Evolution: Volume 82
Oct
22
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 82

Featured Playwrights: A.Jacks, Blair Ingenthron, Marie Elena O’Brien, Marina Barry, Maura Kelley, Mrinalini Kamath

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PLEASE SELECT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VOLUME. By filling this out, you are letting us know would like to be considered for casting for this Volume and ARE AVAILABLE for the ENTIRE Timeline of the Volume.

Featured Actors: TBD

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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Drop and Give Me 10 VI: Trick or Treat?
Oct
28
5:00 PM17:00

Drop and Give Me 10 VI: Trick or Treat?

A PG Experience "FUN"draiser

DROP AND GIVE ME 10

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Time to exercise your creative muscles. 

1. Playwrights will be assigned PlayGround Experiment Actors and writing prompts.

2.   Playwrights have one week to  write the first 10 minutes of their newest play with those actors in mind. 

3. Actors read this new work created for them as we celebrate the birth of this new work over food and wine.

5 Criteria:

1. First 10 minutes of a new play  

2. Must have a “Trick” in the scene (literal/metaphorical/symbolic)   

3. Setting Outside United States

4. Set on October 31st(Any Year)

5.  Unusual use of profanity 

TEAMS

(Playwrights in Bold)

Alisha Smith -Jayson Kerr, Mario Soto

David Gill-Heather Peterson, Marta Rymer

David M. Kirby-Adam Parrish, Helene Galek, Natalie Neckyfarow

Jordan Silver-Kendall Lloyd, Marie Elena O’Brien

Maura Kelley-Catherine Overfelt, Sonia Lopes

Mickey Johnson-Lily Fryburg, Paeton Chavis

Prudence Holmes-Denise Ivanoff, Marina Barry

Solomon LeBlanc-Graceann Dorse, Khalid Rivera, Topher Payne

Tashi Thomas-A. Jacks, Michael Markham

Tianshu Zhao- George Copeland, Mandy Murphy

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Snacks/Beverages/Wine will be a plenty.

$10 Fundraising Contribution.

Onlookers encouraged to attend.

 

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Conversations Between Artists #19
Nov
5
7:00 PM19:00

Conversations Between Artists #19

Politics in Theatre
Getting an MFA from the Electoral College

Topics To be Conversed:

  •  What does the phrase “Political Theatre” mean to you?

  • What role does/should politics play in the making of Theatre?

  • Is there a specific genre/genres that are more conducive to this type of storytelling?

  • What are some examples of good, impactful, effective political theatre? (i.e. Shakespeare, Brecht, Caryl Churchill etc.)

  • Are there examples of bad and ineffective political theatre?

  • Is left leaning/right leaning Political Theatre merely preaching to the choir? What ways can we create work that resonates beyond Political Partisanship?

  • Is there a line between Political Messaging and Political Agenda?

  • What role does an actor’s / playwright’s personal politics play in Theatre?

  • In a heated Political Climate, how do we as individual artists use our art, skills, voice to respond, educate, empathize, love, and inspire?

This is our chance to talk with each other about topics that we as artists, creatives and humans need to have. The key is we talk to and with each other. There is no panel or special guest that is smarter on a topic. We are the collective smarter panel.

Seating Extremely Limited Only 20 Spots

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Nov
12
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 83

Featured Playwrights: Brad Makarowski, Jona Tarlin, Jonathan Calindas, Kit Goldstein Grant, Mandy Murphy, Prudence Wright Holmes

Featured Actors: TBD

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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Nov
17
12:00 PM12:00

The PG Evolution: First Reads Festival #7

The First Reads Festival is a marathon of readings of full plays written by our playwrights and selected to be a part of The PG Evolution a development process.  Scenes from these plays have been featured throughout the Volumes. Prior to this table read all the plays were a part of Required Reading and now we are presenting them to be heard for the first time in full.  

Actors from our casting pool have been cast and will sit around a table and read the plays for the benefit of the playwright.  The audience will be invited to observe this  process  and be an active participant by filling out The PG Evolution Play Analysis Questionnaire to help the playwright continue to develop their work

WE REQUEST A MINIMUM SUGGESTED DONATION OF $10,

TO HELP SUPPORT THIS AND OTHER PGE PROGRAMS

SNACKS AND BEVERAGES WILL BE PROVIDED.

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Nov
26
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 84

Featured Playwrights: Andy Halliday, Christopher Buchanan, David Gill, Gabrielle Wagner, Robin Fusco, Tim Lorge

Featured Actors: TBD

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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Dec
3
7:00 PM19:00

Conversations Between Artists #20

Taboos in Theatre
Nudity, Violence, Profanity, etc.. Fun times? Or Theatre No-No’s?

 

This is our chance to talk with each other about topics that we as artists, creatives and humans need to have. The key is we talk to and with each other. There is no panel or special guest that is smarter on a topic. We are the collective smarter panel.

Seating Extremely Limited Only 20 Spots

RSVP REQUIRED

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Dec
10
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 85

Featured Playwrights: Laurel Lockhart, Leif Meneke, Matt Silver, Natalie Neckyfarow, Noemi de la Puente, Pete Casanave

Featured Actors: TBD

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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The PG Evolution: Required Reading #7
Oct
13
2:00 PM14:00

The PG Evolution: Required Reading #7

Read these 4 plays in the comfort of your home and then meet with the playwrights to discuss in a fun, safe, environment.  If you are attending you are required to read all 4 plays and have read The PG Evolution Play Analysis Questionaire which will be used. You will receive the plays 10 days prior to event.

PLAYS/PLAYWRIGHTS:

Swipe Right- Adam Parrish

The Thanksgiving About Children-Erin Moughon 

The Day the President Died- Olivia Reevell 

An Eclipse comes to Manor on the Hill- Thomas Dieter

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YOU WILL RECEIVE ALL FOUR PLAYS BY September 17TH 

Only 20 Spots Available

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The PG Evolution: Volume 81
Oct
8
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 81

Featured Playwrights: Aaron Johnson, Danielle Winston, Evan Edwards, Mario Soto, Matt Hardy, Nilsa Reyna

Featured Actors: TBD

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PLEASE SELECT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VOLUME. By filling this out, you are letting us know would like to be considered for casting for this Volume and ARE AVAILABLE for the ENTIRE Timeline of the Volume.

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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Conversations Between Artists #18
Oct
1
7:00 PM19:00

Conversations Between Artists #18

TALKING TO THE PGE

As we begin planning for 2019 we’d love to have a conversation about who we are, where we are going and answer any questions you might have. Come chat with PGE founder/curator Mike Lesser.

TOPICS TO BE CONVERSED:

  • Who are you? What do you do? How long have you been a part of The PGE?

  • What had been your best / most useful experience at PGE to date?

  • Is the PG Evolution: a development process clearly defined?

  • As a playwright, how can we ensure you’re getting what you need from the development process? 

  • As an Actor, what are the benefits from being a part of the development process?

  • Do you benefit from the PGE Play Analysis Questionnaire?  

  • Do The PG Experience/PG Education programing feel in line with the mission of The PGE?

  • Have you ever had a difficult experience at a PGE Event? What was it? How can we make sure it doesn’t happen again?

  • What is a program you feel the PGE should have, but currently doesn’t?

  • What more do you need from PGE, (except money of course)?

  • What do you think is the next step for the PGE to continued success?

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This is our chance to talk with each other about topics that we as artists, creatives and humans need to have. The key is we talk to and with each other. There is no panel or special guest that is smarter on a topic. We are the collective smarter panel.

Seating Extremely Limited Only 20 Spots

RSVP REQUIRED

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The PG Evolution: Volume 80
Sep
24
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 80

Featured Playwrights: Jeanette Bonner, Laurel Lockhart,  Matt Silver, Noemi de la Puente, Robin Fusco, Thomas Dieter

Featured Actors: TBD

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PLEASE SELECT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VOLUME. By filling this out, you are letting us know would like to be considered for casting for this Volume and ARE AVAILABLE for the ENTIRE Timeline of the Volume.

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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The PG Evolution: Volume 79
Sep
10
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 79

Featured Playwrights: Ariel Estrada, David Davila, David Michael Kirby, Jim Cairl, Ollie Fielding, Peter Macklin

Featured Actors: TBD

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PLEASE SELECT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VOLUME. By filling this out, you are letting us know would like to be considered for casting for this Volume and ARE AVAILABLE for the ENTIRE Timeline of the Volume.

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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The PG Evolution: Stage Experiments #3
Sep
8
2:00 PM14:00

The PG Evolution: Stage Experiments #3

Step 4 of The PG Evolution: Stage Experiments

Two plays continue the development process by adding directors, rehearsal and a little time.   Guests are requested to partake in  a short moderated talk back based on questions provided prior to reading.

2pm Tomorrow We Love by Jeffrey Vause dir.  Grant Neale

Stage Manager: Thomas Dieter

Cast : Andrew Griffin, Jeffrey Vause, Jimmy Moon, Jon McCormick, Mandy Murphy, Priyanka Krishnan, Spencer Aste

Passion! Deception! MURDER? In the sleepy hamlet of Noble Bay, California circa 1960, divorcee Lanie Fairbanks lives, loves...and endures! This is TOMORROW WE LOVE, a gender-bending melodramatic homage to classic romantic films!

7:00pm The Walk Up by Emily Comisar dir. Topher Payne

Stage Manager: Taylor Hilt Mitchell

Cast : Annie Keris, Brad Makarowski, Carla Briscoe, Jasmine Spiess, Jeanette Bonner, Maria Peyramaure, Michael Markham, Peter Macklin, Taylor Hilt Mitchell

Sometimes you choose the family you choose and sometimes they choose a family for you. Sometimes when there's nothing left to lose, a sledgehammer will be what gets you through.

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What play Are you seeing? *

Admission/Snacks are Free!    Wine $5    Raffle Prizes TBA

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The PG Evolution: Volume 78
Aug
27
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 78

Featured Playwrights: A. Jacks, Jonathan Calindas, Mandy Murphy, Marina Barry, Natalie Neckyfarow, Pete Casanave

Featured Actors: Annie Keris, Betty Hudson, Charlie Wilson, David Michael Kirby, Donna Roesel, Jasmine Spiess, Jayson Kerr, Jeffrey Vause, Joy Jacobs, Katherine Puma, Kirsten Hopkins, Lily Fryburg, Mario X. Soto, Marta Rymer, Nick Locilento, Nick Ortiz, Paul Pakler, Paul Peglar, Peyton Edwards, Priyanka Krishnan, Robin Fusco, Sharlene Hartman, Taylor Hilt Mitchell, Topher Payne, Veronica Dang

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PLEASE SELECT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VOLUME. By filling this out, you are letting us know would like to be considered for casting for this Volume and ARE AVAILABLE for the ENTIRE Timeline of the Volume.

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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The PG Evolution: Volume 77
Aug
13
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 77

Featured Playwrights:  Andy Halliday, Christopher Buchanan, Heidi Armbruster, Marie Elena' O'Brien, Maura Kelley, Mike Lesser

Featured Actors: Andrew Griffin, Brad Makarowski, Brendan Daugherty, Dave Droxler, David Michael Kirby, Evan Edwards, Gabrielle Wagner, Jayson Kerr, Jeffrey Vause, Julia Botero, Katherine Puma, Kevin Jones, Kirsten Hopkins, Kyle Minshew, Lily Fryburg, Luis Alberto Quintero, Marie Eléna O'Brien, Mario X. Soto, Marta Rymer, Matthew Menendez, Monica Rounds, Nick Locilento, Patrena Murray, Paul Pakler, Rhonda Dodd, Rob Maitner, Robin Fusco, Taylor Hilt Mitchell, Tomike Lee Ogugua, Thomas Dieter, Topher Payne

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PLEASE SELECT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VOLUME. By filling this out, you are letting us know would like to be considered for casting for this Volume and ARE AVAILABLE for the ENTIRE Timeline of the Volume.

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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Aug
6
7:00 PM19:00

Conversations Between Artists #17

Diversity/Representation in The Artistic Process
We're Here We’re Queer+

Talking Points:

  • Who are you? What do you do?What does LGBTQIA+ theatre mean? 
  • What are some of the plays that were/are game changers?
  • How has LGBTQIA+ theatre become more mainstream? If it hasn’t, why do you feel that way?
  •  Are all LGBTQIA+ represented in theatre effectively?  
  • What are the most common stereotypical pitfalls for actors? For writers?
  • How has can we avoid those pitfalls?
  • What are the do’s and don’t of casting for LGBTQIA + characters? What are the rules when dealing with an actor’s orientation or preferred gender?
  •  How can playwright/actor allies to the LGBTQIA+ community support their peers?
  • What do you think is next for LGBTQIA+ Theatre?

 

 

This is our chance to talk with each other about topics that we as artists, creatives and humans need to have. The key is we talk to and with each other. There is no panel or special guest that is smarter on a topic. We are the collective smarter panel.

Seating Extremely Limited Only 20 Spots

RSVP REQUIRED

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Aug
4
2:00 PM14:00

The PG Evolution: Stage Experiments #2

Step 4 of The PG Evolution: Stage Experiments 

Two plays continue the development process by adding directors, rehearsal and a little time.   Guests are requested to partake in  a short moderated talk back based on questions provided prior to reading.

2:00pm Let There Be Love by Mrinalini Kamath directed by Kat Yen

Stage Manager: Marina Barry 

Cast : David Adam Gill, Joy Jacobs, Kirsten Hopkins, Monica Rounds, Paul Peglar, Sarah Teed, Vedant Gokhale

A mash-up of D.H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers, the Greek myth Eros and Psyche, and online dating and modern matchmaking, featuring a mother-son matchmaking service, a potential client, and a self-described "algorithm automechanic."

7:30pm Members Of the Choir by Evan Edwards directed by Rick Hamilton

Stage Manager: Chris Lemme

Cast : Gregory Omar Osborne, James Edward Becton, Jason Nadal, Jayson Kerr, John Racioppo,  Kelvyn Mitchell, Michael Flood, Nick Ortiz, Peter Macklin

While attending a milestone birthday party, a group of gay friends attempt to navigate the complexities of their relationships when unexpected events force each man to confront what he has and fight for what he wants.

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What Play Are You Seeing? *

 

Admission/Snacks are Free!    Wine $5    Raffle Prizes TBA

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Jul
23
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 76

Featured Playwrights: Adam Parrish, Blair Ingenthron,  Brad Makarowski, David A. Gill , Erin Moughon, Ilene Fischer

Featured Actors: Aaron Johnson, Danielle Clare, David Michael Kirby, Doug Rossi, Gabrielle Wagner, Jasmine Spiess, Jeffrey Vause, Julia Botero, Kari Seward, Kirsten Hopkins, Leah Rabinowitz, Mandy Murphy, Marie Eléna O'Brien, Marta Rymer, Michael Flood, Monica Rounds, Paul Pakler, Paul Peglar, Peyton Edwards, Randall Rodriguez, Rhonda Dodd, Topher Payne 

 

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PLEASE SELECT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VOLUME. By filling this out, you are letting us know would like to be considered for casting for this Volume and ARE AVAILABLE for the ENTIRE Timeline of the Volume.

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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Jul
13
6:00 PM18:00

The PG Education: Big Picture Brand Bootcamp

Your web presence is currently working for (or against) you—24/7 and around-the-world.

  Led by Tony Howell

Led by Tony Howell

In this exclusive workshop with digital guru Tony Howell, you will:
• Strategize a "big picture" plan for your brand, life and career.
• Learn how to balance online and offline, as well as personal and professional.
• Discover the simple secrets to successful photo and video shoots.
• End your website shame, confusion and fears.
• Get the formulas to achieve real results on social media.
• Stop the #1 mistake of Apple users everywhere.
• Start to love the power and possibilities provided by digital technology!

Whether you're an established presence or an emerging brand, do not miss this inspiring and informative workshop. You'll leave with a deeper sense of purpose, power and a more professionally polished presence!

No need to bring anything except a pen or a pencil—though smart phones and social media are welcomed and encouraged.


Tony Howell is a brand and digital strategist for Emmy, Grammy, Tony, Oscar, and Olivieraward-winning artists. Featured by Google, SAG-AFTRA Foundation, Actors’ EquityAssociation, and more, his writing also appears regularly in Backstage. Before becoming anentrepreneur, he was an actor performing on Broadway, Off-Broadway, The Kennedy Center,National Tours, and more. His new job (and joy) is to #DesignYourFuture—building your brand and business to change the world. In additionto offering scholarships to his paid programs,Tony donates 100% of all the profits from his book, Artists to Artist to the ACLU, and apercentage of annual profits to The Actors Fund. 

$20 plus wine/snacks

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Jul
9
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 75

Featured Playwrights: Danielle Winston, Mario Soto, Nilsa Reyna, Olivia Reevell, Sarah Young, Tim Lorge

Featured Actors: TBD

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PLEASE SELECT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VOLUME. By filling this out, you are letting us know would like to be considered for casting for this Volume and ARE AVAILABLE for the ENTIRE Timeline of the Volume.

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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Jul
7
1:00 PM13:00

The PG Evolution: First Reads Festival #6

PLAYS/PLAYWRIGHTS:

1pm Joshua by Ollie Fielding

Featuring: Arthur Gregory Pugh, George Pappas, Jasmine Spiess, Monica Rounds, Nilsa Reyna

Is Joshua Bowden the #secondcoming? In a divided time when social media controls our lives, Joshua has the attention of the world and the belief of his flock, but can he earn the faith of his daughter?

3pm The Swinging Nuns by Marina Barry

Featuring:  Annie Keris, Betty Hudson, Claire Shiell, Sue Barrett, Topher Payne

Prayers received. Prayers answered. The Lord sure works in mysterious and comical ways in getting the nuns of Our Lady of Perpetual Motion Catholic High School out of their financial woes. Can they do-sa-do out of the red and into the black?

 

5:30pm Threaded in the Air by David Michael Kirby

Featuring: Catherine Overfelt, Laura Johnston, Madeleine Maby, Peter Macklin, Vaylyn Peterson

"To mend each tattered Faith/ There is a needle fair..."
One devastating loss after another has torn the young Edwards family apart. Will a haunting midnight journey through relationships past and present restore their love, their faith, their family?

7:30pm Into His Hand by Mandy Murphy

Featuring: A. Jacks,  Bryn Packard, Nicole Orabona, Paul Peglar

Welcome to the arena, where bull-riders are Kings and women can only watch. Meet Jessica Jackson, a rider’s gal, who's got everything she’s supposed to want. Will she be able to withstand the jolts and lurches of her life or will she be bucked off?

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Which play are you attending? *
Come to 1, 2, 3 or all 4.
Please bring a friend or 12.

 

Full Casts to be announced shortly.

TO HELP SUPPORT THIS AND OTHER PGE PROGRAMS

SUGGESTED DONATION OF $10,

SNACKS AND BEVERAGES WILL BE PROVIDED.

The First Reads Festival is a marathon of readings of full plays written by our playwrights and selected to be a part of The PG Evolution a development process.  Scenes from these plays have been featured throughout the Volumes. Prior to this table read all the plays were a part of Required Reading and now we are presenting them to be heard for the first time in full.  

Actors from our casting pool have been cast and will sit around a table and read the plays for the benefit of the playwright.  The audience will be invited to observe this  process  and be an active participant by filling out The PG Evolution Play Analysis Questionnaire to help the playwright continue to develop their work

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Jul
2
7:00 PM19:00

Conversations Between Artists #16

Enter pursued by Director
Enhancing The Director/ Playwright/Actor Dialogue

TALKING POINTS:

  • Who are you? What do you do? What are the qualities in a director you want to work with?
  • What are your expectations of the first day of rehearsal?
  • How does communication play a part in making that experience positive?
  • What are the tools that directors can use to foster a safe, creative environment? 
  • Under what circumstances might a director & playwright or director & actor relationship break down?
  • Directors: what are the behaviors of actors & playwrights that drive you crazy?    
  • Actors and Playwrights: What behaviors would label a director as difficult?
  • What are some common misconceptions about the director's job?
  • Should there be a conversation about "process"? When, and by whom?
  • When do directors have the right to make adjustments to the scripts?
  • How do you balance your own creative process needs with the needs of the other creatives? Should you be willing to compromise? If so, when and on what?

Seating Extremely Limited Only 20 Spots

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What Best Describes You! SELECT ONLY ONE!

 

RSVP REQUIRED

This is our chance to talk with each other about topics that we as artists, creatives and humans need to have. The key is we talk to and with each other. There is no panel or special guest that is smarter on a topic. We are the collective smarter panel.

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Jun
29
6:00 PM18:00

The PG Education: The Art and Science of Auditioning

$20 to cover costs

PLEASE RSVP BELOW

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  Led by   LAURA STANCZYK, C.S.A.

Led by LAURA STANCZYK, C.S.A.

Laura Stanczyk is a Producer and an award winning Casting Director.
On Broadway, Off-Broadway & Nationally, she has cast SIDE SHOW, AFTER
MIDNIGHT, A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN, FOLLIES, LOMBARDI,
RAGTIME, IMPRESSIONISM, THE SEAFARER, RADIO GOLF, CORAM
BOY, TRANSLATIONS, DAMN YANKEES, DIRTY DANCING, CAREFREE,
POISON (Origin), THE GLORIOUS ONES (Lincoln Center Theatre), THE
CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN (Atlantic & International Tour), THE BROTHER
SISTER PLAYS (The Public), TRYST, FLIGHT, URINETOWN, WONDERFUL
TOWN and WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF (with Kathleen Turner and
Bill Iriwn – also West End). Other theatre includes: BROADWAY CENTER
STAGE (The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts), GHOST BROTHERS OF
DARKLAND COUNTY (John Mellencamp/Stephen King and T. Bone Burnett),
ARE YOU THERE MCPHEE (John Guare), COTTON CLUB PARADE
(Encores! with Jazz at Lincoln Center), HARPS AND ANGELS (Taper,) ME
MYSELF & I, FETCH CLAY MAKE MAN, GRUESOME PLAYGROUND
INJURIES (World Premier, Alley Theatre), THE GUARDSMAN (adapted by
Richard Nelson) (Kennedy Center), MASTER CLASS, THE LISBON
TRAVIATA , RAGTIME & BROADWAY THREE GENERATIONS (Kennedy
Center), GOLDEN AGE (Philadelphia Theatre Company), DON’T DRESS FOR
DINNER (Royal George, Chicago), THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (Gaiety
Theatre, Dublin / West End), GATE/BECKETT (Lincoln Center Festival), LONG
DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (Druid Theatre Company, Galway and Dublin
Theatre Festival), THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Rough Magic,
Dublin). She regularly casts for Hartford Stage Company, Chicago Shakespeare
Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre of Washington D.C., The Alley Theatre, The

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Jun
25
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 74

Featured Playwrights:  A. Jacks, David Davila, Kit Goldstein-Grant, Matt Silver, Peter Macklin, Ryan Ramirez

Featured Actors: TBD

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PLEASE SELECT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VOLUME. By filling this out, you are letting us know would like to be considered for casting for this Volume and ARE AVAILABLE for the ENTIRE Timeline of the Volume.

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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Jun
17
5:00 PM17:00

Drop and Give Me 10 V: Who's Your Daddy?

A PG Experience "FUN"draiser

DROP AND GIVE ME 10 V: Who's Your Daddy?

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Time to exercise your creative muscles. 

1. Playwrights will be assigned PlayGround Experiment Actors and writing prompts.

2.   Playwrights have one week to  write the first 10 minutes of their newest play with those actors in mind. 

3. Actors read this new work created for them as we celebrate the birth of this new work over food and wine.

Writing Prompts ARE: 

1. First 10 minutes of a new play  

2. Something must “Drop”  (literal/metaphorical/symbolic)   

3. Must be a familial relationship in the scene.

4. Must takes place near water

5.  Something must be eaten during the scene.

TEAMS ARE: (Playwright in Bold)

Adam Parrish- Mandy Murphy, Rhonda Dodd

Erin Moughon-Kelsey Pressnall, Sevrin Anne Mason

Laurel Lockhart-Denise Ivanoff, Natalie Neckyfarow

Leif Meneke- Andrea Steiner, Jim Cairl, Marie Elena O’Brien

Mario Soto- Catherine Overfelt, Evan Edwards, Sonia Lopes  

Maura Kelley-Christine Smith, David Michael Kirby, Helene Galek

Mike  Lesser- Matt Silver, Prudence Wright Holmes

Nicholas Cocks-Danielle Clare, Paul Peglar

Solomon LeBlanc- David A. Gill. Lily Fryburg

Stuart Green- Jake Golliher, Matthew Menendez, Taylor Mitchell

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If you RSVP as an Actor we may ask you to read Stage Directions for one of the 10 play that are being read.

Snacks/Beverages/Wine will be a plenty.

$10 Fundraising Contribution.

Onlookers encouraged to attend.

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Jun
11
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 73

Featured Playwrights: Aaron Johnson, Andy Halliday, Angela Hsu, Erin Moughon, Laurel Lockhart, Mike Lesser

Featured Actors: Amanda Shi, Andrew Griffen, Anne Newhall, Annie Kerris, Ari Rossen, Catherine Overfelt, Charlie Wilson, David A. Gill, Doug Rossi, Graceann Dorse, Imran Sheikh, Jason Nadal, Jayson Kerr, Jeffrey Vause, Jimmy Moon,
Khalid Rivera, Kirsten Hopkins, Kyle Minshew, Madeleine Maby, Maria Rojas, Marie Elena O'Brien, Mario Soto, Paul Pakler, Starr Kirkland, Topher Payne

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PLEASE SELECT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VOLUME. By filling this out, you are letting us know would like to be considered for casting for this Volume and ARE AVAILABLE for the ENTIRE Timeline of the Volume.

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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Jun
4
7:00 PM19:00

Conversations Between Artists #15

Diversity/Representation in The Artistic Process
Ethnicity

Special Guest Moderator: Ariel Estrada

TOPICS To be Conversed: 

  • Who are you? What do you do? What do you want to take away from this experience?
  • How do we define diversity / equity / inclusion? What does diversity actually look like on stage?
  •  What are some positive examples of racially inclusive theater? Are there specific actors or writers who consistently nail it?
  • Which is more impactful: producing plays about diverse communities or casting roles more diversely? 
  • What are stereotypes? When is it justified to use them, if ever? 
  • How do we get actors of color to show up to calls that are not traditionally thought of as their type? How do we get theaters to cast outside of their comfort zone?
  • Who should have the final say in casting when diversity is involved? Playwright? Director? Producer? 
  •  If you're white, then what should the role/responsibility be, if any, in working towards more racially diverse theater? Where is the balance between not doing enough and taking over the cause?
  • What can we do, as an artistic community, to promote inclusion from the earliest stages of development that can influence professional levels?  

This is our chance to talk with each other about topics that we as artists, creatives and humans need to have. The key is we talk to and with each other. There is no panel or special guest that is smarter on a topic. We are the collective smarter panel.

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Select the one that best describes you!

Seating Extremely Limited Only 20 Spots

RSVP REQUIRED

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Jun
2
1:00 PM13:00

The PG Evolution: Required Reading #6

Read these 4 plays in the comfort of your home and then meet with the playwrights to discuss in a fun, safe, environment.  If you are attending you are required to read all 4 plays and have read The PG Evolution Play Analysis Questionaire which will be used. You will receive the plays 4 weeks prior to event.

Plays/Playwrights:

Threaded in the Air- David Michael Kirby

Cutter-Mandy Murphy

The Swinging Nuns- Marina Barry

Joshua- Ollie Fielding

You will receive all four plays By May 7th 

EVENT IS SOLD OUT! 

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The PG Evolution: Volume 72
May
28
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 72

Featured Playwrights: Christopher Buchanan Jenny Crakes, Marie Elena O'Brien, Pete Casanave, Prudence Holmes, Stuart Green

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PLEASE SELECT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VOLUME. By filling this out, you are letting us know would like to be considered for casting for this Volume and ARE AVAILABLE for the ENTIRE Timeline of the Volume.

Featured Actors: Arthur Gregory Pugh, Ashley Jackson, Charlie Wilson, Daniel Hidalgo, Dave Droxler, David Sitler, Diane Quinn, Evan Edwards, James Edward Becton, Jasmine Spiess, Jayson Kerr, Kirsten Hopkins, Kyle Minshew, Leah Rabinowitz, Lily Fryburg, Lindsay Rootare, Mandy Murphy, Maria Isabella Rojas, Marie Eléna O'Brien, Michael Flood, Perryn Pomatto, Peter Macklin, Peyton Michelle Edwards, Sonia Lopes

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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The PG Evolution: Volume 71
May
14
6:30 PM18:30

The PG Evolution: Volume 71

Featured Playwrights: Adam Parrish, Danielle Winston, Evan Edwards, Kirsten Hopkins, Noemi de la Puente,  Thomas Dieter

Featured Actors: TBD

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PLEASE SELECT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VOLUME. By filling this out, you are letting us know would like to be considered for casting for this Volume and ARE AVAILABLE for the ENTIRE Timeline of the Volume.

VOLUME TIME LINE- PLEASE book your time to be present for all scenes being read

6:00pm-6:30pm Actor/Playwright work session

6:30pm-7:00pm Audience/Actor/Playwright Meet, Greet and Eat!

7:00pm-9:00 pm Reading of 6 Scenes

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May
7
7:00 PM19:00

Conversations Between Artists #14

Life as An Artist:
Strategies for Surviving, Striving and Thriving

Talking Points:

·     What does your life as an Artist look like currently?

·     Describe a perfect day where you felt like an accomplished artist.

·     What are the best jobs / industries / gigs to keep your artistic life moving forward? 

·     What are your best tips/tricks for keeping artistic momentum?

·     What are your signs that you are in a slump?

·     What is the difference between taking a mental break vs. procrastinating? 

·     What questions do you ask yourself when deciding whether a gig/show/job is financially viable?

·     What resources do you use for news/auditions/submissions that keep you in the know and the mix?

·     How do you keep yourself artistically healthy?  Both physically and mentally? 

·     Is there something you learned tonight that you can implement to make success feel closer and accessible? 

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DICIPLINE! *
SELECT THE ONE THAT BEST SUITS YOU!

 

This is our chance to talk with each other about topics that we as artists, creatives and humans need to have. The key is we talk to and with each other. There is no panel or special guest that is smarter on a topic. We are the collective smarter panel.

Seating Extremely Limited Only 20 Spots

RSVP REQUIRED

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May
4
6:00 PM18:00

The PG Education: Taxes/Budget for the Artist

Now that tax season is done, learn about how to budget, prepare for next year with new tax laws and how to think about the money you are gonna make. 

$20 to cover costs

PLEASE RSVP BELOW

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  Led by Sandra Karas

Led by Sandra Karas

Sandra Karas is an attorney, tax accountant and estate/retirement planner with background in the arts, theatre, music and education.  She lectures regularly on tax, estate planning, debt management, budget and finances to myriad professional, labor and arts organizations.  Her philosophy and approach to her practice is to empower each client with the tools needed to navigate the unpredictable seas of his/her own financial and professional life.  With information comes understanding and the confidence to set attainable goals and manage the vagaries of life.  Sandra treats each client with the utmost of respect and values a mutually beneficial relationship.  She is proud of the many long-term associations she has cultivated and always welcomes a new member to the practice.  An avid volunteer, she also serves on the governing boards of 2 performing arts unions:  Actors’ Equity Association as its Secretary-Treasurer and SAG-AFTRA as a New York Local Board Member.  Among other duties, she is Director of VITA, an all-volunteer, pro bono tax assistance program.  Sandra earned her BFA from Ithaca College, her MA from Schiller International University in Berlin, Germany, her MFA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her JD from Syracuse University College of Law.  She is admitted in all New York State Courts, Federal District Court, United States Tax Court and the United States Supreme Court.  Sandra is married to Andrew Karas and they have two children:  Christina, an Environmental Scientist who lives in Maine and Alexander, a Mechanical Engineer who lives in New York.

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