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Jake Mariani

Adaptation with Jake Mariani

640 433 Play Penn

What makes a modern theatrical adaptation electrifying?

This class pairs lively discussions of adaptations in the Western cannon with hands-on workshopping time for students’ own adaptations. Each week, students will be encouraged to write a new fragmented excerpt based on a different play read in class. By the end of class, students will have generated several different pieces that have potential to be expanded into full-length plays.

October 3, 10, 17, and 24; 7-9pm

Young Playwrights Independence Foundation Learning Lab (1219 Vine Street, 3rd Floor); Philadelphia, PA

Be ready to read some plays, watch some production videos, and write some fragments!

Jake Anthony Mariani has studied poetry with Kathleen Ossip at The New School; and playwriting with Kathleen Tolan, Madeleine George, Anne Washburn, Sarah DeLappe, and Lucas Hnath at Rutgers University (M.F.A in Playwriting). Their work has received readings at the Ensemble Studio Theater and has been performed at Dixon Place. They have contributed to the Poetry Magazine, Sink Review. They are a founding member of the performance group hotdogfuguestate.



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When you register for a PlayPenn class before September 25, 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 after September 25, along with a submission form.


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