Newsletter: October 2014

October 2014 24.5

WELCOME! To the Playwrights Forum’s Fall 2014 Session….

Forum 1’s continuing members: Ted Groll, David Epstein, Leon Levenson,
Adrian Verkouteren, Molly Schuchat, Mary Lee McIntyre, Barry Weinberg,
Marilyn Millstone, Ron Wood, Lorelei Kornell, John Tycko, Kaz Kazanjian,
Susan Kelly, Thomas Mason, Jr., Paul Handy, Patricia Fitzgerald, Graziella
Jackson, Joan Bellsey, Trish Rudder, Robert Griffin, Bucky Mitchell.
Returning members: Judy Rein, John Carter, Romina Nicaretta, Libby Heily.
Special welcome to new members Joyce Sampson, Jeryl Parade, and Maria
Forum 2’s active members: Jane Ross, Marilyn Millstone, Jason Ford, Tom
Stephens, Nicky Burton, Paula Stone, Diane Ney, Arthur Luby, Patricia

Fringe-run venue. Deadline, December 21
Find-your-own-venue. Deadline, March 6.
P.O. Box 50659, Washington, DC 20091. OR .

Theater Project Beltsville presents “Cold Shoulders”, an evening of one-acts.
Including Forum 2’s Nicky Burton’s Starman, Wish Me Luck.
Along with plays by Strindberg and Gerstenberg.
Produced & directed by Franklin Akers
Friday & Saturday October 24, 25 at 8; Sunday October 26 at 3; Saturday
November 1 at 8, Sunday November 2 at 3; Friday & Saturday November 7-8
at 8.
At Abiding Presence Lutheran Church (10774 Rhode Island Avenue,
Beltsville, Maryland 20705) Further information:

Former Forum member Dolores Whiskeyman Gregory’s informative blog: for articles about a wide variety of her social and
playwriting concerns, contacts with other playwrights and theatres.
“Resource Links: Resources From Across The Globe”.
DMOZ: Playwrights’ Resources.

Market opportunities.

October 1 Round table discussions
October 15 Round table discussions
October 29 Round table discussions
November 12 Round table discussions
December 3 Round table discussions
December 17 Round table discussions
*Note, the 3-weeks after November 12 because of Thanksgiving. th
All meetings are at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Armenian Church.


October 6 Swimming Up The Sun by Nicki Burton. Directed by Shirley Serotsky and
Patricia Connelly. 7p.m. Monday. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Chevy Chase.
October 20 Extricating Gussie, a musical by Adrian Verkouteren. Directed by Scott Sedar.
7 p.m. Monday. Iona Senior Services Center, D.C.
November 3 White Lies by Tricia Rudder. Directed by Mary Suib. 7 p.m. Monday. St.
John’s Episcopal Church, Chevy Chase.
November 10 Little Wars by Graziella Jackson. Directed by Laura Giannarelli. 7 p.m.
Monday. Iona Senior Services Center, D.C.
December 8 Ford vs. Ford 1846 by Jason Ford. Directed by Brian Mac Ian. 7 p.m. Monday.
Iona Senior Services Center, D.C.

December 1 The Seventh Most Popular by Jon Tycko. Directed by Andy Wassenich. 7 p.m.
Monday. St. Mary’s Armenian Church, D.C.

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 200096
Lawton Community Recreation Center. 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 20815.
DC Arts Center. 2438 18 Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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 direct to the Playwrights Forum at

Past Forum 2 member Ellen Byerrum, having turned to writing novels, has just completed her
10 “Crime of Fashion” mystery, Lethal Black Dress, available on Amazon September 16.
Embarking on a new genre, she’s most recently written a book for youngsters, The Children
Didn’t See Anything, soon to be in paperback.

Past Forum 1’s Elaine Hutchinson saw her latest play, developed with us, The View From The
Tunnel, produced locally.
One of our steadfast directors and occasional playwright, Mary Suib, was at the DCShorts
Screenplay competition as an actor. The script she read won the $2000 competition for the

Past Forum 2’s Karen Zacarias, along with friend John Strand, are two of the many writers of
Arena Stage’s National Civil War Project Theatrical Event, Our War, to be presented October 21
to November 9.

Capital Fringe 2014 included Forum participants: Bethesda by Jennie Berman Eng, Breast in
Show, music composed by Joan Cushing, Dracula: A Love Story by Tim Treanor, Sage of
Blackwell by Arthur Luby, Size Doesn’t Matter, including short works by friend Renee Calarco
and Associate member John Morogiello, and Song Of Myself: The Whitman Project, featuring
Robert Michael Oliver.

by Tom Stephens

“Getting a good quote,” admits former newspaper reporter Trish Rudder, “was the most satisfying aspect of my story writing.” Now one of Playwrights Forum’s out-of-town epistolary members, she expands her love for the spoken word through dramatic form.

Since January, Rudder—who lives in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia—has been laboring from afar, person-to-person, with Ernie Joselovitz to develop her play, White Lies. The play was given an in-house Playwrights Forum reading several months ago.

In Berkeley Springs, Rudder has enjoyed playwriting encouragement and support from the Ice House Theatre and its directors. There, White Lies and another of her plays, Lucas, Are You Dead? have had cold and rehearsed readings. It was an actor from an Ice House reading of White Lies, Rudder tells, who suggested she get in touch with Ernie for additional guidance with the play.

Her love for theatre and her determination “to learn the basic structure of a stage play” led Rudder earlier to undertake coursework with the Writer’s Center in Bethesda. Long distancing with Playwrights Forum followed.

Working via e-mail with Ernie through a “dreadful” winter of snow and ice, while at the same time convalescing from a broken ankle, “was a wise choice,” Rudder avers. She adds, “And still is.”

Her play, White Lies, focuses on the consequences of what happens, Rudder says, “when a family member’s death is hidden” due to shame, guilt, or societal norms.

“Ernie’s expertise,” she observes, “has helped me to maintain focus and to flesh out my characters. He has helped me to delve deeper into the story to make it a better play. I respect his opinions and I’m comfortable with working one-on-one with him.”

When not writing plays, Rudder—who holds a B.A. in Communications—is engaged in completing a novel, The Azalea Quartet. Excerpts from the work were published in The Green Rolling Hills, an anthology of stories by West Virginia writers.

Playwrights Forum’s public reading of Trish Rudder’s White Lies will be held Monday, 7 p.m., November 3 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Chevy Chase.