Emanuel Fried New Play Workshop
Deadline is NOON on Monday, January 6th, 2014.
Please read the following closely:
SEVEN slots will be guaranteed for the 2014 NPW. Additional slots may become available at the discretion of RLTP.
Composition of participating playwrights in the 2014 NPW will be at the discretion of RLTP, though all attempts will be made to compose the Workshop as follows:
* THREE (3) FIRST-TIME PARTICIPATING PLAYWRIGHTS
Writers who have never participated in the Workshop prior to 2014.
* TWO (2) RETURNING SECOND-YEAR PLAYWRIGHTS
Writers who participated in the previous year (2013) and either want to continue to develop their play from their previous year or want to return with a new play.
Note: Playwrights may apply for participation in two consecutive Workshops before being asked to take a one-year sabbatical.
* TWO (2) RETURNING FIRST-YEAR PLAYWRIGHTS
Writers who have participated in past Workshops (prior to 2014).
Criteria for acceptance into the New Play Workshop is as follows:
1.) The participating playwright must be developing an original theatrical text as a work-in-progress. Development is the essence of the Emanuel Fried New Play Workshop; please, no production-ready final drafts.
No, really. If you think your play is perfect, needs no revision, and is ready to be produced right now, Congratulations! However, the Emanuel Fried New Play Workshop is unable to assist you in any way with this play. We only support the development of works-in-progress.
2.) The participating playwright must reside in the Western New York area OR be able to reliably commute to each meeting
Please reflect carefully on this one. We have received applications in the past from locations like Jamestown and Rochester, and the applicants were willing to commit to commuting two or even three nights a month to Workshop meetings and readings (and they did indeed commute successfully). But it’s not an option – you have to show up. Please see #3:
3.) Attendance at each Workshop meeting and reading is mandatory.
Two or more unexcused absences are considered grounds for dismissal from the Workshop. The Workshop only functions if all participating playwrights support one another… in person.
4.) If accepted into the NPW, each participating playwright must be responsible for his or her own tuition. The fee is $100 – which is pretty cheap to begin with – and includes lots and lots of valuable free stuff (like tickets to shows & events) besides even the NPW experience. So it’s a good deal!
HOW TO APPLY:
1.) If you have already submitted a play in the past twelve months for consideration in the 2014 Workshop, please skip to step #2.
OTHERWISE: Please submit the following:
* One COMPLETED NPW application form (download below; please complete and attach in Word or PDF)
* One representative 10-page selection from your play
* 1 literary and/or theatrical resume (past participants of the NPW are exempt from this requirement)
All materials must be in Word or PDF.
All materials must be E-MAILED to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 6th, 2014.
No paper submissions are accepted.
2.) Beginning on Tuesday, January 7th, you may be asked to meet with the NPW Moderators to discuss your application. Regardless, by Monday, February 3rd, you will be notified if you have been accepted into the 2014 Workshop.
3.) All accepted applicants must then confirm their participation in the 2014 Workshop -and- submit a complete draft of the play they will be developing in the Workshop by Friday, February 14th, 2014. Failure to confirm your participation or submit a complete draft by February 14th will result in forfeiture of your slot in the 2014 Workshop. (So, yes, it is a good idea for you to have a complete draft prepared when you submit your sample.)
4.) The 2014 Emanuel Fried New Play Workshop will begin by March 2014. The Workshop generally meets every other Monday through the calendar year (specific dates are subject to change).
FINE PRINT/MISCELLANEOUS DISCLAIMERS:
All acceptance into the Workshop is at the discretion of the Moderators, within the guidelines outlined above. In the event that submissions do not fulfill the composition structure outlined above, open slots will be filled at the discretion of the Moderators. Maximum allowance is set at seven playwrights; however, moderators reserve the right to adjust this figure as circumstances dictate. Playwrights not accepted into the 2013 Workshop will be encouraged to resubmit for NPW 2015.
Please contact Jon Elston at email@example.com for more information.
Join the Proud… Join The Brave… Join the Few… THE 2014 EMANUEL FRIED NEW PLAY WORKSHOP.
Named for WNY’s legendary playwright, Emanuel “Manny” Fried, RLTP’s Emanuel Fried New Play Workshop supports the development of original dramatic works by local playwrights. Under the supervision of Workshop Director Kyle LoConti and Literary Manager/Resident Playwright Jon Elston, playwrights provide peer support to one another during the composition and revision of their original plays over a nine month period. RLTP then presents readings of these new plays to the public, directed by and featuring some of WNY’s finest theatrical talent. Audience members who attend these readings are invited to enjoy a glimpse of tomorrow’s world premiere productions and to offer their constructive feedback — an integral component of each playwright’s process.
The 2013 Emanuel Fried New Play Workshop includes the following participating playwrights:
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YES! Development readings are FREE to the public!
Emanuel Fried New Play Workshop Readings take place on Monday evenings at 7:30pm.
Following each reading, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback to the playwright.
FALL 2013 READING SCHEDULE:
MONDAYS @ 7:30 PM!
Road Less Traveled Theater @ MAFAC
9/23: GRAFFITI THEATRE by Susan Peters. Starring Dave Hayes, Stephanie Bax, Eliza Kittsley-Blake, Paul O’Hearn, Dana McKnight, and Karin Koszuta; directed by John Shotwell.
Walls can talk in this offbeat blend of theatre & spoken word, where a debate between the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and the proprietor of Nietzche’s, the timeless Allentown watering hole, takes place against a backdrop of bathroom free verse.
9/30: THE APOLOGY by Darryl Schneider. Starring Dan Walker, Christina Rausa, and Jon Elston; directed by Lisa Vitrano.
An outspoken American writer has spent years in hiding after his inflammatory political rhetoric nets him an international contract on his life. Now he must hastily consider what may be his last opportunity to make peace with his adversaries… at the cost, perhaps, of his reputation and his integrity. From the Artie Award winning author of Clean Break and War Room.
10/7: SAFE by Donna Hoke. Starring Kelly Jakiel, Kyle Baran, Michael Seitz, Beth Donahue, and Bobby Hall.
Simultaneously a victim and perpetrator of a nationally pervasive brand of fear and ignorance, a suburban housewife & mother is shocked from her complacency by a tragedy in her community and begins to struggle against the intolerance in her home and in her own heart… From the Artie Award winning author of Seeds.
Since 2004, the NPW has supported thirty-three local playwrights in the development of over forty original plays. Six of those plays have received world premiere productions by Road Less Traveled Productions; three of those – Darryl Schneider’s War Room, Annette Daniels Taylor’s A Little Bit Of Paradise, and Ibn Shabazz’ Insidious – have won the prestigious Artie Award for Best New Play, with two others receiving a nomination for the same award. In addition, multiple plays developed in the NPW have subsequently received world premiere productions outside of RLTP.
NPW PARTICIPATING PLAYWRIGHTS
• Eric Appleton (06/07)
• Dana Block (06/07, 2009)
• Frank Canino (05/06,06/07, 2011)
• Annette Daniels Taylor (05/06,06/07, 2010)
• Cindy Darling (05/06, 2009)
• Philip Durgan (2009)
• Michael Fanelli (05/06, 2008, 2010)
• Hunter Fernandez (2009)
• Rosa Fernandez (2011)
• Tom Paul Fox (2008)
• Billy Horn (2008)
• Donna Hoke (2008, 2009, 2011)
• April Jones (04/05)
• Justin Karcher (2009, 2010)
• Moira Keenan (2011)
• Aaron Krygier (2008)
• Christopher LaBanca (2008)
• Alex Livingston (2008, 2009, 2010)
• James Marzo (2010, 2011)
• Melissa Mawhinney (2009)
• Shaun McLaughlin (2011)
• Andrew Novell (04/05)
• Jose Rivera (2011)
• Gary Earl Ross (2008)
• Steve Roylance (2010, 2011)
• Vincent Scarsella (2010)
• Darryl Schneider (04/05, 05/06, 2010)
• Ibn Shabazz (2008)
• Lisa Vitrano (04/05)
• Melody Von Smith (06/07, 2008, 2010)
• Neil Wechsler (2010)
• Wendy Weinstein (2009)
• Mark Witteveen (2011)
• Jon Zelasko (2011)
The Emanuel Fried New Play Workshop is proudly sponsored by