ARVADA, CO – The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities and Red Rocks Community College’s Theatre Arts and Dance program are pleased to announce the guest artists and luminaries chosen for the Playwrights Showcase of the Western Region to be held at the Arvada Center on
August 13-15, 2004.
The Showcase is a unique partnership created to support the original work of playwrights living in 18 western states. The three-day event is designed for playwrights, producers, directors, actors, educators and the interested public. Each day includes day and evening sessions. Original play readings will be followed by critical discussions with a panel of nine theater luminaries and guest artists.
The highly acclaimed panel includes playwright Lee Blessing, whose plays have received numerous awards including the American Theatre Critics Award and the L.A. Drama Critics Award. He has also been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, as well as Tony and Olivier awards.Blessing’s play, “A Walk in the Woods,” was on Broadway and London’s West End, and his credits also include a host of Off-Broadway productions, world and regional premieres. Playwright Stephen Dietz’s 20-plus plays have been seen at over 100 regional theaters in the U.S., as well as Off-Broadway. His productions have also been performed internationally in parts of Europe, Asia, Australia and Russia. Dietz is a double recipient of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award, and has received the PEN USA West Award in Drama and the “Yomuiri Shimbun” Award (the Japanese “Tony”).
Playwright, screenwriter and director Terry Dodd was an original member of the Playwrights’ Unit at the Denver Center Theatre Company and currently teaches playwriting at the University of Denver. Awarded Best Director twice by the Denver Drama Critics Circle, he has directed for such theaters as the Arvada Center, Bas Bleu, Aurora Fox, Nomads, University of Denver and Colorado State University. Publisher and playwright Steven Fendrich taught creative writing at the Summer Arts Institute of Colorado Academy and is dedicated to developing new writers. As the publisher of Pioneer Drama Service, Inc. for 15 years, Fendrich has also written five top-selling plays and several popular musicals.
A Denver Center Theatre Company Associate Artist, playwright and director Nagle Jackson is the first American to garner an Onassis Foundation International Playwriting Award for his play, “The Elevation of Thieves.” Jackson was nominated for the American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award and six of his plays have been published by the Dramatists Play Service. Producing artistic director Douglas Love is dedicated to creating for the Walden Family Playhouse and is not only a playwright, but also a best-selling children’s author and television producer. He is the creator and executive producer of the award winning daily television series “Out of the Box” on the Disney Channel, and the ABC news magazine show, “Lifetime Live.”
Director Jane Page has directed over 70 productions in the region. She recently directed the regional premiere of “The Drawer Boy” for the Arvada Center and “Much Ado About Nothing” for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. She has also directed throughout the U.S., as well as in Scotland. Aoise Stratford’s plays have been performed in more than 30 productions throughout the United States, Italy and Australia. Since moving to the U.S. from Australia five years ago, she has won more than 10 national awards. She also has published short stories in literary journals, as well as received residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Byrdcliffe Arts Colony and the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony.
Playwright and actress, Edith Weiss recently starred as the Exercise Instructress in the Center’s popular production of “The Women.” She is the author of four published children’s plays and wrote adult plays for the Avenue Theater, Theatre on Broadway and the Mercury Café. Much of her writing time goes into her stand-up comedy routine, which has taken her all over the country and on three military tours overseas. (Full bios on each of the panel members are available upon request.)
The deadline for play submissions for the Showcase has now been extended from March 15 to March 31, 2004.The categories include Shorts, One-Acts, Full-Lengths and, divergent from many other festivals, also include Children’s plays. Approximately 25 scripts will be selected for presentation in staged readings.Submissions must be
original works that
have not had a professional equity production
by playwrights who reside in one of the western states being represented.Those selected will be notified by May 15, 2004.
To submit a play or for more information, call Pamela Jamruszka Mencher, Playwrights Showcase readings coordinator, at 303-914-6231 or visit the website www.rrcc.edu/playwrightshowcase
Directors and actors are also needed for the staging of scripts at the Playwrights Showcase. To sign up or for additional information on staging, contact Lorraine Scott at 303-779-1210 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
The Playwrights Showcase of the Western Region will be open to the general public.Attendees can purchase individual sessions for $15 each; one full day of sessions for $30; or the full three-day event for only $75.To register, call the Arvada Center box office at 720-898-7200 or visit the website www.rrcc.edu/playwrightshowcase
The Arvada Center and Red Rocks Community College Theatre Arts and Dance department express their deepest gratitude to Playwrights Showcase sponsors Pioneer Drama Services, Inc. and Foothills Lighting.
The Theatre Arts and Dance department at Red Rocks Community College encompasses basic training in all aspects of theatre including performance and technical theatre. Associate degrees and certificates in musical theatre, general theatre arts, theatre technology and costumes are available. For more information, contact Pamela Jamruszka Mencher at 303-914-6231.
The Arvada Center is generously supported by the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), a consistent source of unrestricted funding to scientific and cultural organizations created by Denver area voters in 1988.
The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is the metro area’s eighth largest cultural attraction, devoted to all aspects of the arts.Located two and a half miles north of Interstate 70 on Wadsworth, the Arvada Center is just a short 20-minute drive from downtown Denver. For more information call the Arvada Center box office at 720-898-7200 or visit the Center’s website at www.arvadacenter.org
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