Tuesdays at 5pm EST, beginning May 4th via Zoom
Over four sessions, participants will explore what is possible onstage, the many variations of theatrical writing that are available to them, and how to unlock the individual stories they want to tell. Each week, writers will read an assigned play on their own time and come into the workshop ready to dive into a series of exploratory writing exercises that offer different lenses on the theatrical. By the end of the class, each participant will have a rich and varied assortment of new writing to draw from if they wish to begin (or finish!) a new play. This is for people who want motivation to write and are encouraged by writing exercises – this is not a seminar or textual analysis class.
Playwrights, writers of other forms, and nonwriters all welcome.
Jen Silverman is a New York-based playwright and writer. Her plays include Witch, Collective Rage: A Play in Five Betties…, The Roommate, and The Moors, and have been produced off-Broadway, regionally, and internationally in countries including England, Australia, The Czech Republic, and Spain. Her plays are published with Samuel French/ Concord (US), Oberon Books (UK), and
S. Fischer Verlag (Germany). Jen is the author of The Island Dwellers, a collection of interlinked stories published by Random House and longlisted for the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards.
Her debut novel We Play Ourselves was recently published by Random House, featured in the NY Times, and selected by O Magazine as an “LGBTQ Book That Will Change the Literary Landscape.” Her work has appeared in Vogue, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, The Sun, and LitHub among others. Jen also writes for TV and film. Education: Brown, Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard. More info: www.jensilverman.com
Ticket price includes the cost of all 4 plays:
Max Posner’s The Treasurer
Caryl Churchill’s Far Away
Young Jean Lee’s Lear
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s An Octoroon