THEATERSPEAK will present an installation of more than 70 award-winning and emerging playwrights writing new plays in the storefront window of the Drama Book Shop during store hours, August 13th – September 1st, In each two-hour time slot, a different playwright will write their play on a laptop, while the screen shot of their computer is visible to the street, opening their process up to the passerby on the street. Below, check out a video promo for the event, featuring J.Stephen Brantley of Hard Sparks writing a play!
The participating playwrights are Stephen Adly Guirgis, Erika Sheffer, Dael Orlandersmith, Tommy Smith, Rob Askins, Cusi Cram, Chris Van Strander, Crystal Skillman, Krista Knight, Jon Caren, Lisa Lewis, Roland Tec, Kristina Poe, Richard Vetere, Robert Attenweiler, Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Ian August, Hilary Bettis, J.Stephen Brantley, Chloe Brown Carter, Ruben Carbajal, , David Caudle, Cecilia Copeland, Carl Cota-Robles, Jamie Cowperthwait, Stacy Davidowitz, Lawrence Dial, Nathan Dame, David Davila, Haydn Diaz, Bixby Elliot, Lynne Elson, Diane Exavier, Gina Femia, Darcy Fowler, Nick Gandiello, Charles Gershman, Sheri Graubert, , Paul Hagen, Laurel Haines, Chris Harcum, Jerron Hermon, Timothy Huang, Dean Imperial, Kait Kerrigan, Jeffrey James Keyes, Alessandro King, Felice Kuan, Larry Kunofsky, Judith Leora, Jerry Lieblich, Danielle Eliska Lyle, Dan McCabe, Erin Moughan, Micheline Auger, Kate Mulley, Lindsay Joy Murphy, Mel Nieves, Dan O'Neil, Nicole Pandolfo, Chana Porter, Tyler Rivenbark, Rob Rosiello, Alex Rubin, Sarah Shaefer, Diana Stahl, Michael Gabriel Torres, Josh Wilder, Natalie Wilson, Joseph Samuel Wright, Nathan Yungerberg.
WRITE OUT FRONT was created to bring awareness to the time, space, resources and support that playwrights need to work and grow. It celebrates the tenacity that playwrights possess in the face of challenging economic times which has accompanied the closing of many off-off Broadway theaters and performance spaces, traditionally the fertile ground where theater artists developed their craft. For more information on the installation visit the blog or Facebook.
The installation runs three weeks, Monday through Saturday, 11am – 7pm (8pm Thursdays) The Drama Book Shop is located at 250 W. 40th Street, across the street from the NYTimes Building August 13th - September 1st, 2012.
THEATERSPEAK was created by Micheline Auger in 2009 to support theater artists by the sharing of information and resources through interview and discourse. This is Theaterspeak's first installation event.