Creating an Electrifying 10-Minute Play with Deborah Zoe Laufer

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Designed for short-form pros and novices alike!

Most successful ten-minute plays have all the elements of successful full-length plays – conflict, high stakes, suspense, complex characters with strong needs, a big unifying idea. And that all must take place within ten pages. In this class, we’ll examine the ten-minute play, and, through a series of exercises — some drawing from memory, some flights of fancy — we’ll write our own short plays! You’ll leave with two early drafts of 10-minute plays by the end of the weekend. We’ll also discuss where to send those plays once they’re polished, and what “polishing” entails. Deb will walk you through exercises to create new work and break out of your usual patterns.

February 23 and 24: 1 – 5pm

The Drake Downstairs Rehearsal Hall, 302 South Hicks Street, Philadelphia, PA

Deborah Zoe Laufer’s plays have been produced at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Portland Stage, and The Humana Festival. Informed Consent, was developed at PlayPenn in 2013. It was an Alfred P. Sloan/EST commission and appeared at The Duke Theatre in NYC in 2015 where it was a NYTimes Critic’s Pick. End Days won The ATCA Steinberg citation, and has received over 70 productions around the country, and in Germany, Russia and Australia. Other plays include Leveling Up, Out of Sterno, The Last Schwartz, Sirens, Meta, The Gulf of Westchester, Miniatures, Fortune, and Be Here Now. Deb is a recipient of the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award and the Lilly Award, a graduate of Juilliard, an alumna of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and a member of The Dramatists Guild.



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When you register for a PlayPenn class before January 15, 2018, you’ll be invited to submit your unproduced, full-length play for consideration for a professional staged reading. PlayPenn will produce one student’s play as a reading with a professional director, professional actors and a PlayPenn dramaturg in Philadelphia in the spring/summer of 2019. Only plays that have not had a professional production or reading will be considered. PlayPenn will cover the cost of the reading, but the student is responsible for their own housing and transportation. If you register for a class by the deadline, additional details will be emailed to you along with a submission form.

“PlayPenn instructors genuinely care about helping students improve their writing, and have the practical experience to back up what they teach.”

-Mark C., 2018 Student

“I was nervous, but excited before I took this class. And I was very excited when it was finished. I can’t wait to write!”

-Michelle P., 2018 Student