Playwriting for Playgoers with John Yearley

    640 433 Play Penn

      After taking this class you will never look at a play the same way again.

      Any theatregoer can tell you about a play they saw that they’ll never forget. But how much do even lifelong theatregoers know about the art of playwriting itself? Playwriting for Playgoers will mix the educational and the experiential so that students will really understand the practice and experience of playwriting. First, we will read and discuss a great play, breaking down how and why it works so well. Then we will do exercises to explore how you write for plays, how you write in the voice of other characters and create conflicts that reveal their deepest truths.

      July 10 and July 16, 6:30 – 9:30pm

      Bluver Theatre at the Drake, 302 S. Hicks Street

      Please read The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams in advance of class.

      John Yearley is the author of The Unrepeatable Moment (“Thought provoking…exhilarating…painfully hilarious” – New York Times, “Yearley is a master” – Huffington Post), Leap (Mickey Kaplan New American Play Prize), Ephemera (John Gassner Award), Another Girl (PlayPenn), and Bruno Hauptmann Kissed My Forehead (Abingdon Theatre). His latest play, Eight Minutes, Twenty Seconds, was workshopped by LABryinth Theatre Company and performed at Temple University. Work for young audiences include The Last Wish (Macy’s New Play Prize for Young Audiences) and an adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone. Short plays All in Little Pieces and A Low-Lying Fog are available through Samuel French. He currently writes for the animated TV show Treasure Trekkers. Previous TV/film work include the PBS Kids show Arthur, and a stint as a “script doctor” for New Line Cinema. He teaches playwriting and TV writing at Temple University, Drexel University, and the Barrow Group in NYC. Member of the Dramatists Guild, Writers Guild, and twice a MacDowell Fellow.

      $125

      Tuition

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      “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