Playwriting Symposium of the Mid-America Theatre Conference

Країна: США

Місто: Kansas City

Тези до: 15.10.2014

Дати: 19.03.15 — 22.03.15

Область наук: Мистецтвознавство;

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Організатори: Mid-America Dramatists Lab


The Playwriting Symposium of the Mid-America Theatre Conference seeks submissions of new ten- minute plays by playwrights who wish to participate in our Mid-America Dramatists Lab. Staged readings of the selected plays will be performed at the conference during the Playwriting Symposium sessions or as part of our cutting-edge annual Fringe Festival.

In The Dramatic Imagination, Robert Edmond Jones writes, “There is no formula for inspiration. But to ask ourselves, why did that artist do that thing in that particular way instead of in some other way? is to take the first step towards true creation.” Inspiration reverberates through the physical and the ideological—it is simultaneously an act and an awakening. Combining the physical act of drawing breath into the lungs and the possibilities inherent in creative awakenings, the OED defines inspiration as “a breathing or infusion into the mind or soul.”

Founded at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas rivers in 1838, Kansas City has been a strategic site for westward expansion, a locus of bitter division over the issue of slavery, the “cradle of jazz,” and the home of slow-smoked, sweet Kansas City-style barbecue. Today Kansas City is a city of inspiration, dedicated to artistic and culinary creativity. For our 2015 meeting in Kansas City, the Mid-America Theatre Conference invites proposals of presentations, conversations, scripts, and workshops around the theme of “Inspiration.” What sparks creativity? How do we trace the genesis of theatrical vision as practitioners and scholars around the world? What does it mean for an individual, a community, a company, a society, a world, to be inspired? Who are our theatrical muses? What is the cost of inspiration? How is inspiration made tangible and what happens when that materiality fails to live up to the idea? Think big, think small—we encourage proposals that inspire!

We encourage playwrights to consider the above all-conference theme as a springboard to generate creative ideas. Submissions not directly related to the conference theme will be considered as well, as they may perhaps “inspire” great conversation and development. This is a juried event, and while we invite all playwrights to submit, the call for scripts is directed primarily at academic playwrights who are faculty members or graduate students and/or professionals in the field who seek the opportunity to present their work and receive feedback from their peers. The plays that are selected will be rehearsed and presented as staged readings at the conference with assigned teams of directors, dramaturgs, actors, and possibly scenographers. Each ten-minute play receives approximately two hours of rehearsal time at the conference. All participants assigned to a given project need to have the final script in hand prior to the start of the conference. Three to four additional plays will be selected to be presented as a part of our evening Fringe Festival Showcase.

All playwrights whose plays are selected must register for the conference, and playwrights are expected to attend rehearsals for their play and participate in a post-reading discussion. There is no funding from the conference for travel or lodging costs. All playwrights are strongly encouraged to attend the orientation session on Thursday afternoon, March 19.

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