Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Plays and Playwrights Mega Celebration

Not long ago, I announced the eleven plays that are going to be included in Plays and Playwrights 2009. I am so excited about this book. It's the tenth one in our annual series of anthologies of new plays by never-before-published playwrights.

We're actually -- perhaps a bit uncharacteristically -- making a bit of a fuss about this particularly milestone. To mark the 10th Plays and Playwrights book, we're having a MEGA CELEBRATION, in fact. And it starts right now. And it continues until February 2009, when the new book is published.

From now until then, we're hoping to remind readers of the amazing artists that we've published and their even more amazing work.

One way we're doing this is a reading series. No. 11 Productions, a new and very enthusiastic theatre troupe made up of 4 Skidmore College grads, is presenting readings from each of the Plays and Playwrights books, from 2001 through 2008. There will be eight evenings, each devoted to one anthology. These evenings are going to be great: there will be a staged reading of one or more of the plays in that particular book, followed by a talkback discussion (moderated by yours truly) with the featured playwright(s) and members of the cast. Each evening will conclude with a giveaway: we'll give four lucky audience members a copy of the book. And there will also be a surprise guest at each of the readings -- someone who will be able to tell you more about what's coming up at NYTE Small Press.

One of the truly cool things about the reading series is that each evening will be at a different indie venue. We're going to be at eight terrific venues all over the city (three different boroughs are represented!) and I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to not only hear some wonderful plays but visit some excellent theatre spaces you may never have been to before.

The first reading is scheduled for Monday, October 20, at 7:30pm at Under St. Marks. I am so excited that we are starting at this downtown landmark, which is one of Horse Trade Theater Group's three venues. (Thanks to Erez and everyone at Horse Trade for supporting this project!)

The play being read is Out to Lunch by Joseph Langham, which is one of the pieces in Plays and Playwrights 2003. Joseph will be on hand for the talkback after the show. If you've never met Joseph, you should: he's a very smart and funny guy. Perhaps you know him better as a performer -- his creations Harburg Harrisbrandt and Gilligan Stump brought him a good deal of acclaim in NYC's indie theater scene during the last decade.

I hope we'll see many of you at the reading on October 20th!

I'll have more to say about the Plays and Playwrights Mega Celebration in upcoming blog posts!

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