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Theatricality—Writing for the Stage w/ Mathilde Dratwa (On Zoom)
This event takes place on the following dates
2/23/2024 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
3/1/2024 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
3/8/2024 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
3/15/2024 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Class Description:
What makes a play different from a short story, a movie or a TV show? What does theatricality mean? How can a playwright really utilize the form to heighten story? How do genre and style impact theme? And what can the layout of a play tell us about tone? This is a class for playwrights and directors. We will be exploring the different kinds of stage magic — from big, grand gestures to magical realism, from metatheatricality to stripped-down intimacy, simplicity and transparency. And we will be looking at the role of the audience in giving meaning and lending their imagination to shared, unforgettable ephemeral moments.

Mathilde Dratwa (she/her) Plays include Milk and Gall (Theatre503, London), A Play about David Mamet Writing a Play about Harvey Weinstein, Dirty Laundry (Audible; Henley Rose Award), and Esther Perel Ruined my Life. Her work has been developed and presented by the Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, Rattlestick, LAByrinth Theater Company, the Playwrights’ Center, the Ojai Playwrights Conference, and in London at the Young Vic. She also writes for TV (Endeavor, FX, Sony/TryStar, Chernin & more). She has taught for the Shakespeare Society, Roundabout Theatre Company, the New Victory Theater, the Palace Theater, and Theatre503.

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A Note From Our Education Department:

Sharing your play with the world is an incredible rush—but it’s also unarguably terrifying. After an often isolating writing process, your work is exposed for everyone to see. We know just how vulnerable writers are in these moments, and we’re passionate about helping to navigate them.
Here at PlayPenn, we offer our students supportive opportunities to test out new work and hone their craft, providing them with a sense of camaraderie at all stages of their writing careers. Our PlayPenn classes encourage writers to bounce ideas off of one another, commiserate about industry challenges, and be inspired by the world-class writers and industry experts leading each course. We apply this same ethos to The Foundry, our intensive writers group for emerging Philadelphia playwrights; and to our public readings of our students’ works in progress throughout the year.
By taking a PlayPenn class, you become part of a welcoming community of experienced playwrights, avid playgoers, recent grads, and everyone in between. Please join us!