Playwrights Local Presents the 3rd Annual Cleveland Playwrights Festival on September 23
Free plays, workshops, and special events presented September 23 at Waterloo Arts.
Playwrights Local announces the 3rd Annual Cleveland Playwrights Festival, the latest staging of this free, annual celebration of dramatic writing in Northeast Ohio. Presented on Saturday, September 23, the Festival features open class and craft talk sessions, new plays by local authors, a special video screening, networking opportunities, and much more. Sessions run from noon to midnight at the Creative Space at Waterloo Arts in North Collinwood (397 E. 156th Street, Cleveland, OH 44110). All offerings are open to the public, and tickets or reservations are not required. The Festival is intended for adults and teens.
Featured staged readings in the 3rd Annual Cleveland Playwrights Festival include Vickie L. Williams’ Axe Under the Bed and Stuart Hoffman's Broken Wings. Additional new works also will be presented by playwrights Daniel McNamara, David Ritchey, Daniel Telford, Craig A. Webb, Brian Zoldessy, and Rachel Zake. The festival kicks off with a class led by established local dramatist Eric Schmiedl entitled The Art of Adapting Works for the Stage. Other highlights include a craft talk on Working with New Plays with directors Sarah Greywitt and Dale Heinen. A complete schedule can be found online at Playwrights Local’s website: http://playwrightslocal.org/. Additional information is available by calling (216) 302-8856.
“We’re glad to be bringing back events that have been successful in our previous festivals, such as our afternoon classes and talks,” says David Todd, Artistic Director of Playwrights Local. “We’re also excited about first-time programs like our Newcomers’ Reading, which presents plays by six writers who are making their debuts with us. As always, we’re thrilled to have so many teachers, directors, and actors participate in this event. It’s great being able to bring so many theater artists together and show off the work being created here in Northeast Ohio.”
Partnered events in the 3rd Annual Cleveland Playwrights Festival include a presentation with the Bessemer Project, a local writing collective. Also planned is a screening of filmed monologues from Cleveland playwright Michael Oatman’s webseries Mama Said: Stories of Life, Love, and Triumph. The afternoon class and craft talk will be co-presented with the Ohio region of the Dramatists Guild, a national organization dedicated to the rights of playwrights.
“One goal of this festival is to increase awareness of the playwriting community in the Cleveland area,” says Todd. “Partnerships with related companies help expand that community and make sure these groups are connected. Ultimately, we hope such crossover strengthens this scene, which is full of amazing playwrights.”
Playwrights Local is a theater company based in Cleveland. Billed as a playwrights’ center, the organization’s goal is to provide a home base for novice and experienced dramatic writers in Northeast Ohio. They offer classes and workshops, produce original plays, provide professional development opportunities, and engage the community through site-specific projects. Tax-deductible contributions to this 501(c)(3) group can be made at Playwrights Local’s website: http://playwrightslocal.org/donate/.
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Playwrights Local is a theater company based in North Collinwood. Our specialization is the development and production of new plays by writers from Greater Cleveland.