Join Soho Rep. for the ultimate open house.
You’re invited to become a creator and collaborator at our home on Walker Street during WRITE WITH US, a weeklong festival of free workshops led by Writer/ Director Lab alumni. Each playwright will share their unique creative process with you, and beginners are welcome.
All workshops are free and open to the public. Classes are open to 50 participants (Anne Washburn’s for 25 participants).
Please note: All WRITE WITH US classes have now sold out. Fifteen minutes prior to each workshop, any tickets that are returned will become available. Due to the unique configuration of our performance space, those waiting for rush tickets must form a line outside of the theater and will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Each individual may request a single ticket.
For more information, email Raphael Martin, Director of New Work & FEED, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday February 18th
We will take inventory of the scattered items clanking around in our brains. We will write quickly and make lists. We will take inventory of the many speaking voices we encounter and possess. From these lists, we will each begin writing a play.
Max Posner’s plays include THE THING ABOUT AIR TRAVEL, THE FAMISHED, SNORE, GUN LOGISTICS and JUDY. They have been produced or developed at Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Page 73, Soho Rep, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Hangar Theatre, Curious Theatre Company and Production Workshop. Max was the recipient of the 2012 P73 Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and the 2011 Heideman Award from Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. He is a current member of Ars Nova’s Playgroup and is working on a commission from South Coast Rep. Max is a graduate of Brown University where he studied under Erik Ehn, Lisa D’Amour and Paula Vogel. He is a Lila Acheson Wallace Fellowship at The Juilliard School and an alum of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. He was born and raised in Denver and lives in Brooklyn.
Wednesday February 19th
Learn techniques to jumpstart the writing process. This workshop embraces writers at any stage. As writers, we are constantly borrowing and stealing from people and work that has come before. Whether you’re struggling with getting started or the setting of a play, working with a found text — with something that was written by someone else — can help unlock your play. By working outside your usual thought process, you can surprise yourself with solutions that were not initially apparent. Sylvan has collected and used these very techniques in writing his recent plays.
Sylvan Oswald is a transgender theater artist originally from Philadelphia. He creates plays, texts, and publications. Sylvan’s plays include Profanity, Nightlands, Sun Ra, Pony, and Vendetta Chrome. He is a resident playwright at New Dramatists where he also serves on the board of directors. Sylvan is the recipient of a Six Points Fellowship, the Dorothy B. Strelsin Playwriting Fellow at Soho Rep, a Jerome Fellowship from the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, a Thurber House Playwriting Fellowship, and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, The Millay Colony for the Arts, the Dramatists Guild, and a New Voices fellowship from The Ensemble Studio Theater. Sylvan’s play Profanity premieres at The Undermain Theater in Dallas in Fall 2013. Pony premiered at About Face Theatre andNightlands premiered at New Georges in 2011. Other plays have been developed and presented at Playwrights Horizons, The Foundry Theater, The Hangar Theater, The McCarter Theater, New York Theater Workshop, Portland Center Stage, Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab, P73’s I73 Writing Group, and Clubbed Thumb, where he is an affiliated artist. Sylvan is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Purchase College/SUNY where he coordinates the Playwriting/Screenwriting program.
Thursday February 20th
Jenny will lead exercises in which participants will write with strict “formal limitations” (like using only 3 words per line). We will explore how structural limitations can free your creativity.
Jenny Schwartz’s plays include God’s Ear, Somewhere Fun, and Cause For Alarm. Most recently, Somewhere Fun receive its world premiere at the Vineyard Theatre, directed by Anne Kauffman. God’s Ear was produced in New York by New Georges and the Vineyard Theatre, also directed by Anne Kauffman. God’s Ear has been produced nationally and internationally from Lisbon, Portugal to Boise, Idaho to Sydney, Australia. Jenny is the 2012 recipient of the Frederick Loewe Award for Musical Theatre for the development of her musical Iowa, which she is writing with composer Todd Almond. Iowa continued its development at Williamstown Theatre Festival and Sundance/MassMoCA. Other awards and honors include the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Benjamin H. Danks Award in Drama, a Kesselring honor, two Susan Smith Blackburn special commendations, two grants from Lincoln Center’s Lecomte du Nuoy Foundation, and Soho Rep’s Dorothy Streslin Playwriting Fellowship. This is her third season co-chairing the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab with director Ken Rus Schmoll. Jenny received an MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University and is a graduate of Juilliard’s playwriting program.
Saturday February 22nd
Note: This workshop is limited to those between the ages of 10 and 13.
Anne teaches a playwrighting class for tweens and early teens.
Anne Washburn‘s plays include Mr. Burns, The Internationalist, A Devil at Noon, Apparition, The Communist Dracula Pageant, I Have Loved Strangers,The Ladies, The Small and a transadaptation of Euripides’ Orestes. Her work has been produced by Playwrights Horizons, 13P, Actors Theater of Louisville, American Repertory Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, The Civilians, Dixon Place, Ensemble Studio Theater, The Folger, London’s Gate Theatre, NYC’s Soho Rep, DC’s Studio Theater, Two River Theater Company, NYC’s Vineyard and Woolly Mammoth. Awards include a Guggenheim, a NYFA Fellowship, a Time Warner Fellowship, Susan Smith Blackburn finalist, residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo, and an Artslink travel grant to Hungary to work with the playwright Peter Karpati. She is an associated artist with The Civilians, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, and is an alumna of New Dramatists and 13P. Currently commissioned by MTC, Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep, and Yale Rep.
Sunday February 23rd
Anxiety. Do you have anything you want to write down? Sure. But how do you bypass your inner judge? How do you share what you make best with yourself and others? What’s the difference between mere expression and deep communication? We’ll be inviting vibrancy and investigating value in your writing through music, movement, story, and theft.
EISA DAVIS was the 2012 Alpert Award winner in Theatre and a 2013 Obie Award winner for Sustained Excellence in Performance. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play Bulrusher, and wrote and starred in Angela’s Mixtape, named a best of 2009 by The New Yorker. Other plays include Ramp(Ruby Prize winner), The History of Light(Barrymore nomination),Paper Armor, Umkovu, Six Minutes, Warriors Don’t Cry, and the collaborations Active Ingredients and Hip Hop Anansi. Her most recent work is a music-theatre piece commissioned by Symphony Space, Flowers Are Sleeping. Eisa was a resident playwright at New Dramatists, where she won the Helen Merrill Award, and the Whitfield Cook Award, among others. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, Cave Canem, and the Van Lier and Mellon Foundations. As an actor, recent theatre work includes David Auburn’s new play Lost Lake (O’Neill), The Cradle Will Rock at Encores! Off-Center, Luck of the Irish at LCT3 (Lucille Lortel nomination), the world premieres of The Call and This at Playwrights Horizons, and her Obie Award-winning performance in the Broadway rock musical Passing Strange, captured on film by Spike Lee. Eisa is featured in the films Free Angela, Welcome to the Rileys (opposite James Gandolfini), Robot Stories, The Architect, Confess, Happenstance, Pretty Bird, Apparition of the Eternal Church, Brass Tacks, In The Family, The Letter, and the upcoming Jack Ryanand The Volunteer (Best Narrative Feature, Urbanworld). She was Bubbles’ sister on The Wire, has guest starred on Damages and Soul Food, and recurred on Smash and Hart of Dixie. She also contributes a storyline to the collaborative marketplace event Trade Practices and an episode to The Mysteries at the Flea. Eisa is a member of the Actors Studio, a Usual Suspect at New York Theater Workshop, and was an artist-in-residence at Symphony Space. As a singer-songwriter, her albums Something Else and Tinctures are available through iTunes and CDBaby. She sings her original music at venues including Joe’s Pub, BAMCafé, the Whitney Museum, and the Apollo. A graduate of Harvard, she is currently the 2013/14 Arthur Levitt Fellow at Williams College.