May
17
6:00 pm18:00

Pizza Social for PlayWrite Grads

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Visit our office in Portland's Hollywood neighborhood, hang out with other PlayWrite grads, eat pizza, and try some fun writing and art activities (coloring, anyone?) to get your creative brain in action. 

Event open to anyone who has completed a PlayWrite workshop. Please email elisabeth@playwriteinc.org to RSVP. Let us know you're coming so we know how much pizza to order!


Mar
12
1:00 pm13:00

Improv Workshop for PlayWrite Grads

 

Are you yearning to perform, but unsure where to begin?

Looking to add depth to your acting abilities?

Whether you're a total beginner or have previous stage experience, improvisation is a marvelous tool for building confidence, listening skills, open-mindedness, and a positive outlook. In a safe and supportive environment, you'll experience the fun and freedom of improvisational acting.

In this one-day workshop, open to all PlayWrite grads, you will:

·      Learn the value of "yes, and" in almost any situation

·      Play theatre games that will help you energize and focus

·      Learn how to use improv to strengthen communication skills

·      Understand the value of a playful attitude toward accepting new ideas

·      Create a short performance piece developed from improv with peers

·      Begin work on a field study character observation

You’ll leave class with specific techniques to help you shine on stage, and will take home an observation journal to help inspire and motivate you in your daily life.

This Improv Workshop is FREE and open to anyone who has completed a PlayWrite workshop. All materials (plus snacks) will be provided. You just need to bring your enthusiasm and willingness to play! 

SUNDAY, MARCH 12 1:00pm – 5:00pm

PlayWrite HQ: 1907 NE 45th Ave., Portland

Space is limited! Email elisabeth@playwriteinc.org to reserve your spot.

Narrative Techniques Graduate Workshop
Dec
17
10:00 am10:00

Narrative Techniques Graduate Workshop

  • PlayWrite

Narrative Strategies:

Turn Your Good Idea into a Good Story

Saturday 12/17 10am-2pm


Do you have an idea in your head that you just know would make a great story, but you’re not sure how to get started? Whether you want to write a book, screenplay, graphic novel, TV show, or another narrative work, this workshop will give you the tools you need to build the house of your story. 

In this one-day workshop, open to all PlayWrite grads, you will:

·      Practice pitching your idea to get it out of your head and into the world

·      Learn about specific narrative tools to use in constructing your story

·      View clips from film and TV shows that demonstrate effective narrative techniques

·      Do short, targeted writing exercises to practice these techniques

·      Spend dedicated time working on your own creative project, whatever it may be.

 You’ll leave class with a fine-tuned pitch for your project, the first full scene or page, and a plan for how to continue.

This Graduate Workshop is FREE and open to anyone who has completed a PlayWrite workshop. All materials (and a pizza lunch) will be provided. You just need to bring your idea and your enthusiasm to create!  

Space is limited;  email elisabeth@playwriteinc.org to reserve your spot.

Picnic + The Comedy of Errors at Laurelhurst Park
Aug
21
1:00 pm13:00

Picnic + The Comedy of Errors at Laurelhurst Park

  • Laurelhurst Park

Join us for Original Practice Shakespeare's outdoor performance of The Comedy of Errors, a hysterical farce full of slapstick and puns. Meet at 1 PM for a light picnic lunch provided by PlayWrite (feel free to bring additional snacks and beverages for yourself and/or to share). The show begins at 2 PM. 

Event is free to the public, so invite a friend! Bring a blanket or low lawn chair for seating.

Check out the Original Practice Shakespeare Festival on Facebook or the OPSFest website!

Clackamas Repertory Theatre: The Music Man
Aug
13
7:00 pm19:00

Clackamas Repertory Theatre: The Music Man

  • Clackamas Repertory Theatre

Clackamas Repertory Theatre presents, "The Music Man."

Written by: Meredith Willson

Directed by: David Smith-English

"Trouble? Right here? In Oregon City? When 'Professor' Harold Hill, the smooth-talking traveling salesman arrives in River City, Iowa, he quickly has everyone eating out of his hand. However, this time he meets his match in town librarian Marian Paroo. She steals his heart and the con man faces a tough choice: love or money. This classic American musical is full of songs you know and love: 'Till There was You,' 'Seventy-Six Trombones,' 'Goodnight My Someone' and many more."

Organized by PlayWrite's Graduate Engagement Team, graduates of our core workshop will gather together to attend "The Music Man" and further their engagement with the arts!

If you are a graduate and would like more information on attending, email us at elisabeth@playwriteinc.org. See more about the show at: Clackamas Repertory Theatre.

Bag & Baggage Productions: Shakespeare's Coriolanus
Jul
22
6:15 pm18:15

Bag & Baggage Productions: Shakespeare's Coriolanus

  • The Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza

Bag&Baggage Productions, Hillsboro’s resident professional theatre company, starts their 2016-2017 Season with an explosive, world-premiere adaptation of Shakespeare’s most political play, performed outdoors at Hillsboro’s Civic Center by an all-female cast.

PlayWrite graduates from June 2016's Bienestar workshop in Hillsboro will attend this outdoor production in the vein of "Shakespeare in the Park."  The show begins at 7:30 PM. Those who arrive at 6:15 will have the treat of a pre-show conversation with the play's director, Scott Palmer. As this is an outdoor production, no seating is provided. Audience members are strongly encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on!

Note: admission is free for all PlayWrite Graduates and youth under 18 years. If you're a graduate and would like more information or assistance with transit to Hillsboro, email us at elisabeth@playwriteinc.org. Let's make it happen!

More info: see Bag&Baggage Productions

 

John Morrison Poetry Workshop
May
10
Jun 7

John Morrison Poetry Workshop

  • PlayWrite

Poet John Morrison is partnering with PlayWrite for his fifth year. Over the course of five workshops, Morrison will guide writers through poetry exercises and readings. Come curious and ready to write! 

The workshop will take place on Tuesday evenings from
6-7:30 pm on the following dates:
May 10,  May 17, May 24, May 31, June 7.

In celebration of its writers, the John Morrison workshop poets will participate in an open mic reading at Sound Grounds cafe in Portland on June 9th.

Please email Julian at julian@playwriteinc.org to sign up!

Peter and the Starcatcher
Apr
27
7:30 pm19:30

Peter and the Starcatcher

  • Portland Playhouse

By Rick Elice, based on the Novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Music by Wayne Barker
Co-directed by Brian Weaver and Rebecca Lingafelter

A swashbuckling, family-friendly prequel to Peter Pan that takes the audience from the brig on a pirate ship to mermaids’ coves as we discover exactly who is the little boy who never grew up. A dozen professional actors play more than 100 characters in this musical adventure that is in turn hilarious and touching.

We have 10 tickets to see the show! 

Email Julian at julian@playwriteinc.org to get your ticket. 

Performance: Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play
May
14
7:30 pm19:30

Performance: Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play

  • Portland Playhouse

Yes, THAT Mr. Burns. Acclaimed playwright Anne Washburn leads us into an unlikely post-catastrophe, post-electricity future in which survivors pass the time recounting episodes from The Simpsons. As they are told, and told, and told again, these snippets from our pop culture become the stuff of epics, myths, and legends. Audiences in the hometown of Simpsons creator Matt Groening (and the city where playwright Washburn spent her college years) are in for a wacky, geeky, unapologetically original theatrical treat.

FREE to PlayWrite graduates, but tickets are limited. Email lyndsay@playwriteinc.org to reserve your seat.

Blazers Game
Apr
8
6:00 pm18:00

Blazers Game

  • Moda Center

Trailblazers vs. Timberwolves!

Please join PlayWrite, Inc. as we host our annual fundraising event with the Portland Trailblazers! Take advantage of a special ticket savings and sit with your family and friends when the Trail Blazers take on #1 overall pick, Andrew Wiggins, and the Minnesota Timberwolves this April.

Stick around during halftime when PlayWrite, Inc. and recent graduates of the program will be recognized in front of the entire crowd!

FREE to PlayWrite graduates, but tickets are limited. Email lyndsay@playwriteinc.org to reserve your seat.

Performance: Tribes
Feb
11
11:00 am11:00

Performance: Tribes

  • Artists Reperatory Theatre

A scintillating contemporary drama centered around Billy, the only deaf member of his family, whose search for family acceptance as he delves into the deaf community sparks often funny but fierce tensions at home. Grappling with the significance of language and the urge to belong, this Portland debut follows triumphant productions Off-Broadway, at London’s Royal Court and Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre. 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.

FREE to PlayWrite graduates, but tickets are limited. Email lyndsay@playwriteinc.org to reserve your seat.

 

 

How To End Poverty in 90 Minutes
Feb
5
7:30 pm19:30

How To End Poverty in 90 Minutes

  • Portland Playhouse

This is not a play; it is not a lecture; it is not an interactive workshop; it is not a physical theatre piece; it is not a public conversation. How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes is all of these things. Most significantly, it’s an opportunity to challenge a different audience every show with the question: how do you attack the problem of poverty in America, with a lens specifically focused on Multnomah County. Over the course of 90 minutes, the audience will listen, explore and ultimately choose how to spend $1,000 cash from ticket sales sitting onstage at each performance. A show by Sojourn Theater and produced by Portland Playhouse. 

FREE to PlayWrite graduates, but tickets are limited. Email lyndsay@playwriteinc.org to reserve your seat.

Performance: Blythe Spirits
Dec
10
10:45 am10:45

Performance: Blythe Spirits

  • Artists Reperatory Theatre

With ghosts who are decidedly not Dickensian, this comedic masterpiece will haunt our holiday season. Vana O’Brien takes on a role she was born to play as Madame Arcati, the eccentric clairvoyant who inadvertently summons the titular spirit from the beyond. This mischievous supernatural farce invokes hilarity perfect for escaping the yuletide madness.

FREE to PlayWrite graduates, but tickets are limited. Email lyndsay@playwriteinc.org to reserve your seat.

Workshop: Picture the Possibilities with Cinequest
Dec
8
Dec 13

Workshop: Picture the Possibilities with Cinequest

  • Rose City Park Community Church

Cinequest - Picture the Possibilites is a creative filmmaking workshop. Learn how to bring a picture from nothing into reality, and then learn to apply this creative process to other areas of your lives and dreams.

Monday, December 8th - Friday, December 12th
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Saturday, December 13th
9:00am - 5:00pm

Space is limited. Please sign up in advance. Email lyndsay@playwriteinc.org to reserve your spot.

Workshop: Cover Letters & Resumes
Nov
25
3:00 pm15:00

Workshop: Cover Letters & Resumes

  • Rose City Park Community Church

Writing a cover letter and resume can feel intimidating. In this 90 minute workshop, we will help you every step of the way, teaching you how a cover letter and resume should be formatted and how to best present your unique personality and experiences on paper. You will receive 20 high-quality copies of your cover letter and resume at the end of the workshop.

To sign up for your 90-minute work slot in advance - 3p, 4:30p, or 6p - email lyndsay@playwriteinc.org.

Hanging Out: An Evening of Readings @ the IPRC
Nov
7
6:45 pm18:45

Hanging Out: An Evening of Readings @ the IPRC

  • Independent Publishing Resource Center

Lidia Yuknavitch, Lance Olsen, and Trevor Dodge will hold center carpet at IPRC to read from their new and recently-published work. Yuknavitch is the author of a novel, Dora: A Headcase, a memoir, The Chronology of Water, three collections of short fiction, and a critical book on war and narrative, Allegories of Violence. Olsen is author of more than 20 books of and about innovative writing, whose publications just this year include the novel Theories of Forgetting, the fiction collection How to Unfeel the Dead, and the critifictional trash-diary [[there]], composed during Olsen’s five-month stay at the American Academy in Berlin. Dodge is author of a novella, Yellow #10, and two collections of flash fictions, The Laws of Average and Everyone I Know Lives on Roads.

This event is free and open to the public.