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Manhattan Project: Cleveland Lab

April 10th, 2013 No comments

Manhattan Project Oak Ridge

Manhattan Project Oak Ridge

My good friend Peter Roth did something quite exceptional yesterday, well, he had probably been working on it and thinking about it for a bit longer, nevertheless, yesterday evening he convened the first meeting of the Manhattan Project.

By his own description:

Between 1942 and 1945, J. Robert Oppenheimer gathered the most brilliant minds of the age at Los Alamos, New Mexico to create something magnificent and terrifying. The Manhattan Project – Cleveland Lab seeks to do the same for the Cleveland stage.

Based on the Theatre Lab model taught at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama and inspired by The Brooklyn Generator in New York, The Manhattan Project wants to introduce Cleveland actors and playwrights to each other by organizing a monthly production of brand new 10-minute plays.

Participating artists will meet early in the month and will be broken into teams, each with one playwright. The playwright will then be given a writing prompt to write a new 10-minute play based on the prompt and including all the team’s actors. The rest of the evening the team members will get to know each other and get a feel for each other’s skills and voices.

The teams will reconvene later in the month to perform these plays for each other.

These 10-minute plays are not an end in themselves. Through these small collaborations we hope to build relationships between the two most vulnerable artists in theatre; the actors who put themselves on stage and the playwrights who pour themselves onto the page. Perhaps these 10-minute plays will grow into longer works or maybe these collaborations will become partnerships on larger projects.

I am pleased that Peter invited me and that I am one of six inaugural writers. Upwards of twenty people showed up last night and all were enthusiastic. This is an exciting project and will only grow with time.

If you want to participate, please RSVP at

The first performance will be Monday, May 6, at 8:00pm at Mahall’s on Madison Avenue, which is a kick-ass venue with a good beer selection.

Rock-on, Peter!

Dramatists Guild of America Event in Cleveland

October 11th, 2011 No comments

Upcoming Ohio Event – November 12

On Saturday, November 12, 2011, from 9 a.m. until 3:45 p.m., the Ohio Region is hosting DIY: SELF-PRODUCTION FOR PLAYWRIGHTS, LYRICISTS AND COMPOSERS – and those who advocate for them. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Dramatists Guild of America

Dramatists Guild of America

Event Location:

The event takes place at PlayhouseSquare, 14th Street Theatre, 2037 East 14th Street, Cleveland, OH 44115. Visit and click on “Plan Your Visit” for a map and directions.

The program includes:

* A two-hour “Self-Production Primer: Brass Tacks,” with Guild Director of Membership, Roland Tec. Fundamentals of budgeting and scheduling will be mapped out in simply, easy-to-digest terms by Tec, who draws on his 20-plus years of experience as a producer of independent theatre and film. It is meant as an introduction to the more hands-on, in-depth exploration of his all-day “Self Production Boot Camp,” offered every January in the Guild’s New York offices.

*David Faux, DG’s Director for Business Affairs, presents a session on “Author as a CEO.” Learn to maintain and protect your intellectual property portfolio through properly structured licensing agreements.

*David Faux also offers his “Review of the Dramatists Bill of Rights,” the distillation of the rights of all writers as set forth in the U.S. Constitution and the Copyright Act of 1976. These rights have been further defined and bolstered by case law and almost a century of industry practice. They express themselves in specific ways for dramatists. If you write for the stage, you need to know your rights. And this lecture presents them with a minimum of legalese.

About PlayhouseSquare:

PlayhouseSquare is the nation’s second largest performing arts center (after Lincoln Center). They have graciously offered to host the event, as well as conduct an optional tour of the complex following adjournment on Saturday afternoon. For a complete list of performances on the weekend of Nov. 11-13, consult

This DIY workshop is offered free of charge, but registration is essential and requested by November 10th. There is ample parking in adjacent lots and free street parking (for those who arrive early enough.) Coffee and snacks will be provided; lunch will be on your own.

For further information or to make a reservation, contact Faye Sholiton, DG Ohio Regional Representative at

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