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Reality Theft: Writing Reality Based Theatre w/ Danny Tejera (On Zoom)
This event takes place on the following dates
3/7/2024 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
3/14/2024 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
3/21/2024 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
3/28/2024 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The Kardashians. What The Constitution Means To Me. Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. From Reality TV to autofiction, from mumblecore to music sampling, reality-based techniques are ubiquitous in contemporary art and entertainment. In this class, we’ll use exercises to write our pieces of theater that start with something “real.” While considering ethical and craft questions, participants will be given the freedom to shamelessly “steal” from real life. How can we put the strangeness
and rawness of real life onstage? Is there a meaningful difference between “reality” and “fiction”?

Thursdays, March 7-28 6-8 pm EST

Danny Tejera is a playwright, performer, and teacher from Madrid. His play TOROS (Dir. Gaye Taylor Upchurch, Second Stage Uptown) was a NYTimes Critic’s Pick and on Theatrely’s Best Off-Broadway Theater of 2023 list. He is a member of EST/Youngblood and a Colt Coeur Resident Artist, and has received fellowships from MacDowell, Millay Arts, Stillwright, and Tofte Lake Center. He has received commissions from Second Stage Theater and EST/Sloan. Short plays include SCARY FACES HAPPY FACES (Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival, The Best 10 Minute Plays 2023) and TWO TWO WOMEN (Ensemble Studio Theatre). He has taught with The Bushwick Starr, UT-Austin, The School of the NYTimes, Breakthrough New York, and the Double Discovery Center at Columbia University. He got a B.A. from Columbia University and a Playwriting M.F.A. at Hunter College/UT-Austin, where he was mentored by Annie Baker and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. He’s represented by WME and 2AM.

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