Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Check out PlayPenn

Do you love seeing how a new play unfolds? Then check out PlayPenn in Philadelphia. This annual two-week conference hosts playwrights from around the nation to develop their plays in a collaborative workshop environment with directors, writers, dramaturgs and writers.

Mother's Day Gift Idea

Mother's Day is just around the corner....May 10th to be exact. Wondering what to get mom this year? Why not treat her to dinner and theatre tickets? If you're not sure what show she'd like to attend, give her a gift certificate then she can choose the show, the date and the time and you can sit back and reap the benefits of being the kid that gave her the best Mother's Day gift!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Never Ending Story

Playwrights Theatre's stage manager, Danielle Constance, is currently performing in "The Never Ending Story" at The Growing Stage in Netcong. She is very, very funny especially as the gnome "Urgl"; has amazing puppetry skills as "Moria" the turtle and wears a beautiful set of fairy wings as the "Fairy Queen". It's a 90 minute production that is great for both kids and adults. Photo credit: Alex Sarian Photography

Script Frenzy

Script Frenzy is a month long international writing event where novice and experienced writers grabs their pens, paper, laptops and crank out 100 pages of scripted material during the month of April. What you write is up to you so long as it is a stage play, screen play, TV show, comic book, short film or graphic novel script. If you're feeling adventurous, there are two days left....could you write 100 pages in two days? It would seem that most folks have waited till now to dig in and get it done so you wouldn't be that far behind. If not, put it on your calendar for next year.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Playwrights Theatre Education Director to Receive Award

Jim DeVivo, Playwrights Theatre's Director of Education, will receive a New Jersey Governor's Award in Arts Education for Distinguished Service in Theatre Education by the Speech and Theatre Association of NJ. The Governor's Awards are sponsored by the NJ Department of Education and NJ Arts Education Partnership. In May, Jim also will be inducted into the Liverpool Central School District's Fine Arts Hall of Fame as an Alumnus of the district. Photo credit: Alex Sarian Photography

Friday, April 24, 2009

Need Headshots or a Website?

Playwrights Theatre's staff members are also playwrights, directors, actors and photographers. Alex Sarian who works in our Education Department is also a photographer and website designer. For more information on Alex, check out his webpage

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Recyle Your Books

If you love to read, but are running out of space to house your books....check out our "Take a Book, Leave a Book" shelf in the lobby. Bring some books to leave and pick up some to read while you are here. You'll be helping to spread good reading to others while you recycle. What's not to love about that?

We're located at 33 Green Village Road in Madison, NJ

26th Annual NJ Young Playwrights Festival Winners Announced

Playwrights Theatre is pleased to announce the winners of the 26th Annual New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest. From the nearly 370 plays submitted by young writers throughout the state, a panel of theatre professionals has selected four High School plays, four Junior High School plays and four Elementary Schools plays. The 26th Annual New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest Festival will be held on May 18 and May 19 as part of a partnership between Playwrights Theatre and Premiere Stages at Kean University.

The plays will be presented at the University Center's Little Theatre at Kean University on Monday, May 18 at 10am for the Elementary and Junior High Division winners and on Tuesday, May 19 at 10 am for the High School Division winners' plays. The readings will feature professional actors and directors and reservations can be made by calling Jim DeVivo at 973-514-1787 X14. Admission to the readings is free, but reservations are required, as seating is limited.