Play Cafe and Musical Cafe present
Workshops for Composers and Playwrights
Nov. 2 and 3, 2019
Language Studies International, 2015 Center Street, Berkeley
 

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 programs@playcafe.org to request the discount code.

 

Class Schedule

Saturday, Nov. 2

10 AM

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.

 

10AM

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

M.J. Bogatin is a founding member of the Law Firm of Bogatin, Corman & Gold, http://bcgattorneys.com/.  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.  www.RonLytle.com

 

MUSICAL CAFE CREATIVE ALUMNI NEWS

Jon Rosen (Schrödinger’s Christmas, Winter 2015) is part of the team at Landmark Musical Theatre which presented the Bay Area premiere of THE BOY FROM OZ this spring in San Francisco.

 

Rita Abrams and Josie Brown (Pocket Pride and Prejudice, Spring 2015) presented their full-length version of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: THE MUSICAL in the Fall of 2016 in San Francisco. 

  

Min Kahng (The Four Immigrants Manga, Winter 2015) had a staged reading of THE FOUR IMMIGRANTS MANGA last fall at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, and a production of BAD KITTY with Bay Area Children's Theatre this spring in Berkeley. 

 

M. Graham Smith (director, The Paper Raincoat, Spring 2015) directed DEAL WITH THE DRAGON, his collaboration with Kevin Rolston, in San Francisco and at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival.

 

Chris Edgar (The Breakout, Spring 2015) wrapped production and distribution for the filmed version of THE BREAKOUT: A ROCK OPERA, with direction by Jenn Page. 

 

Patricia Cotter (Ladykillers, Fall 2015) recently completed a residency at the Djerassi Foundation in Woodside, California.

 

Andrew H. Klein (The Audit, Fall 2015) was a Bay Area Theatre Critics' Circle nominee for music direction for his work on INTO THE WOODS at Novato Theater Company.

 

Richard Jennings (THE CRICKET ON THE HEARTH Winter 2015; LORD ARTHUR'S CRIME, Spring 2015; NITWITS!Winter 2016, BACKSLIDE 2017)has composed music for five recent productions at The Altarena Theatre in Alameda. A new musical, NASTY!, written with Alison Luterman received at table reading at Play Cafe. A kid's musical LULU & SQUIRM, written by Pamela Winfrey received a developmental reading with Fogg Theatre. 

 

Paul Frantz (Lord Arthur's Crime, Spring 2015) had his songs performed at the recent cabaret performance "Composers Who Aren't Dead" and will have a repeat this spring at Society Cabaret's New-Fangled Friday.

 

Pam Winfrey (The Cricket on the Hearth, Winter 2015; Nitwits! Winter 2016) had a staged reading this spring with the SF Footlights program of the Dramatists Guild of her play IT'S A BOY.

 

Farah Dinga (director, Lefty and Liela Get It Right, Winter 2015; Young David Copperfield, Spring 2016) directed the SF Footlights/Dramatists Guild reading of Pam Winfrey's IT'S A BOY.

 

Jeff Freed (Castle Happy, Winter 2016) will have a production of CASTLE HAPPY in 2017 at the Altarena Theatre in Alameda.

 

 

 

 

 

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