Cygnet Theatre and Playwrights Project are excited to announce a very special collaboration – Beyond The Page – a series of discussion forums surrounding the creation of new plays. These unique one-night events (hosted by Playwrights Project Program Producer and Manager Chelsea Whitmore and Playwrights Project Executive Director Cecelia Kouma and featuring distinguished guests and playwrights) will follow Wednesday night performances of Cygnet’s first World Premiere – Stephen Metcalfe’s The Tragedy of The Commons. Beyond The Page discussion forums are FREE to audience members attending the Wednesday, February 2nd, 9th and 16th performances of The Tragedy of The Commons at Cygnet Theatre in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.
The development of Cygnet’s first World Premiere has been a fascinating and thrilling new step for Artistic Director Sean Murray and Cygnet Theatre. The Tragedy of The Commons, created a buzz from its initial presentation as a staged-reading in Cygnet’s Playwrights in Process Series.
The Playwrights Project is a non-profit organization, founded in 1985, with the goals to advance literacy, creativity and communication through playwriting programs and theatre productions. They conduct the annual California Young Playwrights Contest, which includes professionally producing winning scripts and nurturing writers with educational programs. The Playwrights Project is solely dedicated to the development of new works and their program – Play by Play: Cultivating Emerging Playwrights –, which focuses on playwrights between the ages of 19 and 29. This program offers the playwrights the opportunity to workshop their current play with readings and one-on-one support from a theatre professional. The Playwrights Project is honored to have Stephen Metcalfe serving this program as a theatre professional and mentor.
To celebrate the playwrights’ process, Cygnet Theatre and Playwrights Project are presenting their Beyond the Page forums with a specific discussion topic for each scheduled date. Each of the events will be attended by writer of stage and screen, Stephen Metcalfe who will discuss the development of The Tragedy of The Commons (as well as his other works) and along with an exciting list of note-worthy guests.
February 2nd features: What Makes a Good Play?…What to Consider in Revising Your Script. Special guest panelists include Shirley Fishman (Director of Play Development at the La Jolla Playhouse), Allan Havis (Playwright and Provost at UCSD) and Deborah Salzar(Founder of Playwrights Project).
February 9th features: Getting Your New Play Produced. Special guest panelists include Seema Sueko (Executive Artistic Director of Mo’olelo and award-winning playwright), Ruff Yeager (Executive Artistic Director of Vox Nova and award-winning playwright), Tim West (playwright, Cygnet Resident Artist and COMMONS actor) and Chelsea Whitmore (Playwrights Project Program Producer and Manager).
February 16th features: The Possibilities and Pitfalls of Writing about Places You Know! The special guest panelists are yet to be announced.
Tickets for The Tragedy of The Commonscan be purchased by visiting Cygnet’s website at www.cygnettheatre.com or by calling the box office at 619-337-1525. Tickets can also be purchased in person by visiting Cygnet’s box office located at the Old Town Theatre, 4040 Twiggs St. in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.
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