The Playwrights' Center is in its 44th year of working with playwrights to develop new plays. They have a number of Core Writers (of which Lee Blessing is one), as well as Fellows that come in for a year or so (read more about them here). They hold about 60 workshops a year, some of which have public readings, some of which do not. I'm ashamed to say that this is the first PWC reading I have attended. My excuse has been that it's hard to get to these one or two night readings of new plays when my schedule is chock full of full productions at the 70+ theaters in town. No more will I make that excuse, because new work is important and also really fun to be a part of (check out the Events tab on their website for a list of public readings, many of which are free). This spring, three plays developed at PWC are making their world premieres on stages around the Twin Cities: Kira Obolensky's The Changelings (Ten Thousand Things - closing this weekend!), Christina Ham's Scapegoat (Pillsbury House Theatre through June 26), and Philip Dawkins' Le Switch (opening at Jungle Theater on June 17). Obviously, their method works.
|post-show discussion with Lee Blessing and TCTB
(photo by Tracy Blowers)
Thanks to Jessica and the Playwrights' Center for hosting us (and providing the yummy vegan Glam Doll donuts), to Lee for sticking around to chat with us, to my fellow blogger Kendra at Artfully Engaging for successfully stalking them, and to my fellow bloggers at Minnesota Theater Love, One Girl, Two Cities, Play Off the Page*, and Tracy Blowers for attending and being my best theater pals. See you at the theater!
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