Newsletter: December 2016



26.3 December 2016

PLAYWRIGHTS FORUM: Year 2017 Schedule … and Beyond

FORUM 1 This winter we will not be trudging through the snow or listening nervously to the weather report about an expected ice storm.

Our first session in 2017 for Forum 1 will be the Summer Session starting in mid-May. That will be followed by the Fall Session that will end in early December.

For those of you wishing a continued workshop experience. Alison Pruitt is arranging – encouraged by but independent of the Forum – bi-weekly meetings. You can contact her about this at


December 7. December 21 January 11, January 25  Re-continuing on…. March 15

*All meetings at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, at St. Mary’s Armenian Church.

AND BEYOND…. At the end of the session in December 2017, the Playwrights Forum will be taking down its shingle and welcoming its long-planned retirement.

Of course, I will continue to be reachable throughout this coming year at Please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Sixth Edition

The Learning Environment. Your guide to getting the most from the full range of Playwrights Forum activities.

The Craft. The PF methodology, along with expert advice and handy tips from “How do I start?” to third-draft woes.

The Market. The “how-to” from letters of inquiry to surfing the up-to-theminute guides to today’s playmarketing.

_______YES! I want my copy of PLAYWRIGHTS FORUM HANDBOOK 6. I’ve enclosed _____ $7.50 for the e-mailed copy Send it to: Name _________________________________________________ E-mail Address ______________________________________________________________________ *Make check to Playwrights Forum. Mail to: Playwrights Forum, PO Box 5322, Rockville, MD 20848



January 9 Uncle Julie by Sidra Rausch. Directed by Catherine O’Connor. 7 p.m. Monday. St. John’s Episcopal Church/Norwood Parish.

February 6 Princess Georgie, the musical by Adrian Verkouteren. Directed by Scott Sedar. 7 p.m. Monday. St. John’s Episcopal Church/Norwood Parish In-house.

December 12 Saturday the Child Was Lost by Thomas Mason, Jr. Directed by Angela Pirko. 7 p.m. Monday. St. Mary’s Armenian Church.

January 23 Into The World of What-Ifs by Ernie Joselovitz. Directed by Lynn Spears. 7 p.m. Monday. St. Mary’s Armenian Church.

March 13 Keeper of the Flame by Art Luby. Director TBA. 7 p.m. Monday. Lawton Community Recreation Center.

Frequent addresses for meetings and readings… 

  • St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church, 4125 Fessenden St NW, Washington, DC 20016.
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church, 6701 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815.
  • Iona Senior Services Center, 4125 Albemarle Street NW, Washington, DC 20016.
  • Round House Theatre’s Education Center. 925 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
  • Twinbrook Recreation Center. 12920 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville, MD 20851.
  • MetroStage. 1201 North Royal Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.
  • Centro Nia. 1420 Columbia Rd., NW, Washington DC 20009
  • Lawton Community Recreation Center. 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815.
  • DC Arts Center. 2438 18 Street NW, Washington, DC 20009 th


Pipeline Playwrights

Is building a new community to support original work by local playwrights. “We believe theatre should reflect the reality of our daily lives while exploring the infinite variety of our experiences as women. And we want you to join us. So we’re having a launch party! Meet the playwrights, hear excerpts from the upcoming plays, and become a part of our community. Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

National Arts Education Association 901 Prince Street, Alexandria, Virginia

And! Its upcoming play readings:

  • February 27: A Very Present Presence by Ann Timmons
  • March 20: The Men My Mother Loved by Soo-Jin Lee (member, Forum 2)
  • April 3: Around the Snake Turn by Patricia Connelly (member, Forum 2)
  • May 8: Unprotected by Jean Koppen Monday nights at 7:30 p.m.

MetroStage 1201 North Royal Street, Alexandria, Virginia

Former Forum 2’s Allyson Currin wrote the book for the musical Silver Belles, its world premier currently on display at Signature Theatre.

Dramatists Guild. The Legacy Project: Volume III. Now Available on YouTube The Legacy Project returns with ten original conversations with America’s most prominent and promising dramatic writers. Featuring the writers of Pulitzer, Tony, Grammy, and Oscar Award-winning works, each film provides intimate perspective to the plays and musicals we know and love. Includes interviews with Tony Kushner, Stephen Schwartz, Larry Kramer, among others.


Pronounced exactly as it’s spelled. Yiddish: to gush, to swell. Here is where you will find tidbits about Forum members and Associate members. Good things that have happened to our colleagues inside and outside the Playwrights Forum neighborhood. Send all kvelling directing to the Playwrights Forum at .

Marilyn Millstone (Forum 1) received her MFA last month from Spalding University (Louisville). Meanwhile, her ten-minute comedy, Compos Mentis, won third prize at the Fells Point Corner Theatre’s 10x10x10 Festival in June, and been selected for production at the Short and Sweet Festival 2017 in Sydney, Australia.

Barry Weinberg (Forum 2) was on a panel to discuss Playwriting with two other playwrights at the Indie Literary Festival at the Frostburg State University Center for Creative Writing, in October. He also had his play, It’s Your Funeral (A Loving Parody), produced by Potomac Players as part of an evening of one-act plays in September.

Duke Ryan (former long-time Forum 1 member) had a reading of his set of monologues, The Half-Smoke in Cambridge, England.

Karen Zacarias (Forum 2) is having productions of four of her plays around the country: a revival of Looking for Roberto Clemente at Imagination Stage, a new play, Native Gardens next year at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago, along with Destiny of Desire at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago and South Coast Repertory Theatre, Southern CA., another new play adaptation, Into the Beautiful North, co-produced at the San Diego Repertory Theatre and Central Works in Berkeley.

Tom Stephens’s Countdown to the Happy Day, a product of Playwrights Forum 2 development, will be presented May 25-June 25, 201,7 by the Detroit Repertory Theatre as part of its sixtieth-anniversary season.

Former member Jennie Berman Eng will see her play Ripe/Rotten given a public reading as part of Rose Theatre Company’s “First Draft” Series, in late January 2017.

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