Play Cafe and Musical Cafe present
Workshops for Composers and Playwrights
Nov. 2 and 3, 2019
Language Studies International
2015 Center Street - Berkeley, CA
Read the offerings carefully before registering:
To ensure a spot in a particular class, reserve on-line. There will be limited availability at the door and the cost will be $5 more. Most classes are $45 each ($40 for Play Cafe members).
Full weekend passes are available for: $140 ($120 for Play Cafe members).
Play Cafe members, write to to request the discount code.
Saturday, Nov. 2
PLAYWRITING: NEW PAGES - LANGUAGE GENERATOR
An interactive workshop exploring language and how it can help you generate new work. The concept of "write what you know" will be re-imagined and you will be given some tools to find new ways to delve into generating new work.
INSTRUCTOR: GARRET JON GROENVELD
Garret Jon Groenveld is a Poet and Playwright and founding writer with PlayGround. His plays include, MISSIVES, THE EMPTY NESTERS and THE HUMMINGBIRDS. His play DISBELIEF with be at the Protrero Stage in May of 2020.
WRITING FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES
TYA Companies across the nation are commissioning new works at a rate that is unparalleled in the theatre industry. In this class, we will examine the different types of TYA scripts and discuss the needs of a script specifically designed for young audiences. We will also look at how playwrights can get their work in front of TYA Artistic Directors and what the commissioning process looks like.
INSTRUCTOR: NINA MEEHAN
Nina Meehan is a founding company member of Bay Area Children's Theatre where she is a proud champion of new works for TYA. She has commissioned and/or written more than 35 works for young audiences. Nina received her BS in Theatre from Northwestern University and her Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.
Noon – 1:30 FREE LUNCH (sandwich makings)
Opportunity to network: 60 seconds to pitch if looking for a collaborator.
1:30 – 4PM
LEGAL MATTERS FOR PLAYWRIGHTS AND COMPOSERS
The workshop will be dedicated to a discussion of laws and agreements that impact playwrights and composers, namely, copyright law in general and its application to the creation process, privacy, publicity and libel laws relating to writing about the living and the dead and the function and importance of collaboration agreements among co-authors/creators.
INSTRUCTORS: M.J. BOGATIN and MATTHEW A. TREJO
M.J. Bogatin is a founding member of the Law Firm of Bogatin, Corman & Gold, Bo’s practice emphasizes art, entertainment and intellectual property law. He has served as counsel to a dozen or more theatres and producers, and many Playwrights, Directors Designers and Actors. He has also served on the boards of directors of several Bay Area theatres and was the long-time President of California Lawyers for the Arts.
Matthew A. Trejo
Matt is an attorney with experience in intellectual property litigation and transactional matters. Matt graduated from UC Hastings, with a concentration in intellectual property. Matt is a panel attorney for California Lawyers for the Arts, where he helps artists, businesses and entertainers with their legal issues.
4:15PM - 5:15
THE PATH TO NYC – FESTIVALS, WORKSHOPS, SHOWCASES
Come learn what it takes to self-produce an AEA-showcase at a NYC musical theatre festival from a writer (and lawyer) who lived to tell the tale. We’ll dive into how much it will cost you – in time, money, blood, sweat and tears - if you are lucky (or unlucky?) enough to be offered a slot.
INSTRUCTOR: Stacy Kray
Stacy Kray is a singer-songwriter whose songs have received national AAA and college radio. She is a two-time KFOG Local Scene Artist, former SF board member of the Grammys, and the winner of multiple songwriting awards. Her musical, LOVE THE STRUGGLE, (co-written with Yair Evnine) was one of two musicals selected for the SheNYC festival in the summer of 2018.
Sunday, Nov. 3
Noon – 2PM CANCELLED
DRAMATURGY FOR MUSICAL THEATER
We’re in an exciting moment for musicals. Musicals of the 21st century are approaching the form with great imagination, tackling complex stories and envisioning shapes beyond traditional musical theatre structures. We will explore how dramaturgs can help composers, lyricists, and book writers as they generate and refine material collaboratively.
INSTRUCTOR: KATIE CRADDOCK
Katie is an artistic associate at Berkeley Rep, where her work includes supporting new play development at The Ground Floor (Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work), casting, program dramaturgy, and script review. Locally, she has dramaturged with Crowded Fire and Bay Area Children's Theatre.
2:15 - 5:15
MUSICAL THEATRE COMPOSITION AND LYRIC WRITING
Do you have a project that’s struggling to find its final form? Are you working out that perfect opening number, landing a comic showstopper, or polishing the ballad that will define your leading character? Do you need an experienced hand to help you balance the elements of your masterpiece? Then this session is for you!
INSTRUCTOR: RON LYTLE
Ron’s original musicals have been produced throughout the country and internationally. His works have included long runs (1000-plus performances) and have yielded two cast albums. His songs appear in film and television, video games, and the children’s toy market. His numerous awards for writing and composing include a commendation from the State of California.
Listen to the interview with KPFA's Program Director and host of Bauersfeld Playhouse, Kevin Cartwright and The Paper Raincoat writers Devon Copley, Amber Rubarth and Richard Jennings. May 26th, 2019
Congratulations to “THE PAPER RAINCOAT”
A New Musical in Concert Format
by Devon Copley, Amber Rubarth, Alex Wong
Musical Cafe's Next Stages Inaugural Production
A HUGE SUCCESS!
Thank you to everyone involved.
Excellent Houses, Standing Ovation! Great Feedback, A Strong Production.
Photos by Marc Sternberger
Videos by John Quick
WHAT WE DO
Musical Cafe is a musical theatre development and education program for Northern California-based writers and composers. Our prime offering, the Musical Cafe Showcase Series, alternates between San Francisco and the East Bay. Each Showcase is a public presentation of new, original, locally-sourced musical theatre works-in-progress. The creatives behind projects selected for the Showcase cast local actors and singers then collaborate with Musical Cafe to prepare and perform dramatic and musical material in front of an audience consisting of theatre professionals and friends of musical theatre.
WHO WE ARE
Musical Cafe is a program of Play Cafe, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help San Francisco Bay Area playwrights develop their work. The Musical Cafe team includes several production managers and a group of volunteers who sell concessions, usher, photograph, and make numerous other contributions of time and effort to ensure the success of each Showcase performance. Creatives and casts selected for a particular Showcase become an essential part of that team, and are encouraged to become part of our ongoing effort to make new, original, locally-sourced musical theatre in the Bay Area.
Many of the Bay Area's wonderful actors and singers have participated in Musical Cafe to date, and we are always looking for the newest, freshest actors and singers to audition for and perform with us.
Most importantly, our enthusiastic, energetic Musical Cafe audience members and behind-the-scene supporters have been and remain a key part of this program and whatever success we've achieved.