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NEW BOOKS!!! SWEATIN' IT WITH PROFESSIONAL PLAYWRIGHTS

2nd Edition now available.

Michael Wright's

PLAYWRITING MASTER CLASS

(THINKING & WORKING THEATRICALLY)

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PLAYWRITING IN PROCESS

 (THE PERSONALITY OF PROCESS AND THE ART OF REWRITING)


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PLAYWRITING MASTER CLASS
(The Personality of Process and the Art of Rewriting)

Eight playwrights commissioned by Editor Michael Wright to write a ten-minute play AND to keep a journal about their process of writing/rewriting that play, framed with Michael Wright's insightful analysis connecting the writers to each other, the world around them, and to their own creative impulses, their sources of inspiration, and provides a helpful toolkit of ideas about rewriting. In a unique twist, the book also contains the responses from a post-writing questionnaire administered to the playwrights one year after the writing of their ten-minute play. The writers include: David Crespy, Elena Carrillo, Gary Garrison, Velina Hasu Houston, Aaron Carter, Guillermo Reyes, Julie Jensen and Elizabeth Wong.

About Playwriting Master Class:

"This book is like an archeological dig: it reveals much of what usually remains buried about the most personal aspects of the act of writing." -- Moises Kaufman, writer/director of Tectonic Theatre Project.

"This book ain't just your garden-variety stuffy ol' textbook. Michael's unique approach puts the reader inside the head of the writer. Truly voyeuristic, and sheds some insight on the sneaky naughty often elusive process of tapping that creative muse! -- Elizabeth Wong



PLAYWRITING IN PROCESS
THINKING AND WORKING THEATRICALLY


A broad compendium of exercises that can be assigned to students with varying needs and levels, something students can carry with them beyond the classroom. A series of exercises, gleaned from professional playwrights and theatre professionals, all grouped by their application to certain aspects of playwriting such as character and plot. In each exercise, there is also a discussion of how that exercise helps AND most exercises are cross referenced to others in the book encouraging the reader to look at another angle on the same process.

What people are saying about "Playwriting in Process" --
"We don't need another how-to on playwriting textbook. We need a book of exercises like this one -- one that encourages creativity through hands-on writing experiences." -- David Mark Cohen, Head of Playwriting, University of Texas at Austin.




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"I love that my former NYU professor/mentor Mac Wellman writes an anti-exercise essay that follows my exercise. Mac, I still have your reading list!!!" Elizabeth Wong

From Editors Michael Bigelow Dixon and Liz Engelman....


THE PLAYWRIGHT'S WORKOUT

A collection of prompts and writing exercises from professional playwrights, including:

Janet Allard, Lee Blessing, Constance Congdon, Kia Corthron, Lisa D'Amour, Dan Dietz, Jordan Harrison, Jeffrey Hatcher, Naomi Iiuzuka, Jon Jory, Arthur Kopit, Sherry Kramer, Carson Kreitzer, Carter Lewis, Romulus Linney, Craig Lucas, Edwardo Machado, Emily Mann, Melanie Marnich, Ellen McLaughlin, Marsha Norman, Kira Obolensky, Jose Rivera, Sarah Ruhl, Caridad Svich, C. Denby Swanson, Kathleen Tolan, Alice Tuan, Mac Wellman...and bringing up the rear
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ELIZABETH WONG.

"The exercises are put in alphabetical order, so once again I'm sitting at the back of the class...and I can't see the chalkboard!!!! But I'm happy to precede the anti-exercise of my former NYU teacher and mentor Mac Wellman. Mac, I still have your reading list and I did read CHAOS by James Gleick thanks to you!!!"
-- Elizabeth Wong.

"I had just finished a two-month long artist residency at State University of New York, Albany where I was directing my play LETTERS TO A STUDENT REVOLUTIONARY and teaching Diversity in American Contemporary Drama (A special quarter-long course emphasizing Sexuality, Gender and Political Issues in Asian American Drama)...when Michael approached me to contribute to his new book. Students in my class reported fascinating and life-threatening results when I had sent them out onto campus to eavesdrop on their fellow classmates, so of course, it was a natural to chronicle this exercise and offer it up to Michael."

"Hopefully the lessons of my eavesdropping exercise far outweight the dangers.
Just don't get caught. And if you are be sure to run like hell!!!"
--Elizabeth Wong



COMING UP SOON ON SPOTLIGHT ...
WITNESS TO HISTORY -- "LETTERS TO A STUDENT REVOLUTIONARY" POST PLAY DISCUSSION ON THE TIANANMEN SQUARE MASSACRE
(LEFT TO RIGHT) Producer and panel moderator Edward Gunawan, who also performed in the play; Playwright Elizabeth Wong; Ann Lau, "Letters" produceer, Visual Arts Guild; James Zimmerman, Amnesty International, and Catherine Bauknight, photographer who was in the square. CHECK BACK SOON!
Thanks to Peter Kuo for this moving production and for organizing the candlelight vigil. Job Well Done!!!! Nice color programs and posters too!!!
This commemorative June 4 performance is an encore of performances that took place February 28 and March 1 also at Democracy Forum in the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, and was produced by Addword Productions, in association with Metamorphosis Theatre and Visual Arts Guild.

PROMO VIDEO:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RO2UFO0HWHs

NBC FEATURE: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/station/tv_channels/Tianamen_Square_Inspired_Play_Los_Angeles.html

Many Thanks to the LETTERS Cast:

Carin Chea ~ Julia Cho ~ Henry Chu ~ Joon Lee
Nghia Luu ~ Julian Song ~ Simmin Yu ~ Tina Tong


CHINA DOLL Winner of the Petersen New Play Award/Fellowship