The Sixth Act is getting ready to launch its Spring 2013 programming and want to be sure you know what’s coming! We’ll be running Drama on Demand, hosting playwright Molly Smith Metzler, promoting cross-college conversation at VaPA’s production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and facilitating our annual Student Playwriting Competition. Please read below for more information, and please contact Maria Brandt at <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> if you have any questions, in particular about including any of these events in your curriculum.
Drama on Demand
Drama on Demand is an ongoing curriculum tool that brings student actors into literature classrooms, encouraging students to talk to each other across disciplines about dramatic texts. Scenes for the Spring semester must be requested by February 1.
Visiting Playwright: Molly Smith Metzler
Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m., Reading/Book-Signing, 8-200, Free and Open to the Public
Friday, March 15, 12 p.m., Playwriting Workshop, MCC Theater, Free and Open to the MCC Community
Molly Smith Metzler grew up Kingston, NY. She is the author of Elemeno Pea (South Coast Rep, Humana Festival), Close Up Space (Manhattan Theatre Club, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2012 finalist), Training Wisteria (SPF, Cherry Lane Mentor Project), and Carve. Her work has been developed by The O’Neill Theatre Center, Ars Nova, Playwrights Horizons, MTC 7@7, South Coast Rep, Chautauqua Theater Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Geva Thatre, hotINK, Tristan Bates Theatre (London), Boston Playwrights Theatre and many more. Her first play, Training Wisteria, was the winner of three Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) awards, including the Kennedy Center National Student Playwrighting Award. Molly is a member of EST, Primary Stages Writing Group and Ars Nova Play Group. She’s a graduate of SUNY Geneseo, Boston University, NYU Tisch, and The Juilliard School, where she was a two-time recipient of the Le Comte du Nouy Prize from Lincoln Center. Molly lives in Brooklyn and is currently working on several projects including a musical, a screenplay, and new play commissions for South Coast Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Manhattan Theatre Club. This event is supported by Creative Arts.
Sixth Act Night at Picasso at the Lapin Agile
Friday, April 12, 7:30 p.m., MCC Theater, Building 4
Tickets $8 (MCC) / $10 (General Public)
In collaboration with VaPA, The Sixth Act will develop curriculum-support materials and sponsor a post-show discussion for VaPA’s production of Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile. According to VaPA, “The year is 1904. The Place is the Paris bar Le Lapin Agile—a hangout for artists, writers, and other eccentrics who are leading the charge for the new century’s avant-garde. As a 25-year-old Albert Einstein awaits the arrival of a female friend, he runs into 23-year-old Pablo Picasso. Each man is on the verge of a professional breakthrough, but in 1904 they are still full of youthful passion and egotism. They commence debating, each sure he is the one who holds the key to the new century’s greatest idea. When a visitor from the future arrives, playwright Steve Martin adds a third major influence from the 20th century. The big question is which of the three will have the biggest impact on humanity—art, science, or pop culture?”
Sixth Annual Student Playwriting Competition
Staged Reading and Awards Ceremony
Thursday, May 9, 7 p.m., Black Box Theater
Free and Open to the Public, Reservations Required
This competition encourages MCC students to write plays for an audience, to provide MCC students a competitive venue for their scripts, and to offer winning playwrights the opportunity to see their scripts performed and to receive constructive feedback for future play development. Scripts will be accepted for consideration beginning in September. This event is supported by Creative Arts.
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