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Playwrights Local 4181 Launches New Playwrights’ Center for Northeast Ohio

October 7th, 2015 No comments

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Inaugural festival to be held November 6-7, 2015, at Waterloo Arts

(Cleveland, OH; October 7, 2015) — Playwrights Local 4181 announces its debut as Northeast Ohio’s first playwrights’ development and production center, marking its launch with a free festival on November 6 & 7, 2015. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Playwrights Local presents new plays written exclusively by area dramatists. It also offers classes and engages the community through site-specific projects. Playwrights Local is a home for novice and experienced dramatic writers to learn, create, and share their work.

“This type of organization has already succeeded in Chicago, Minneapolis, Atlanta, and Cincinnati,” said David Todd, Artistic Director of Playwrights Local. “We see this as a way of putting our under-recognized playwrights on the map, and of making their plays a bigger part of the arts conversation.”

Literary Manager Arwen Mitchell seconds the need for a space in Greater Cleveland dedicated to dramatic writing. “Other theaters support local playwrights to the extent that they can, but there’s no place focused on them exclusively,” Mitchell said. “Having an outlet like Playwrights Local is both amazing and essential.”

Playwrights Local 4181 welcomes the Northeast Ohio community to its inaugural Cleveland Playwrights Festival on November 6 & 7, 2015. All sessions in this event are free. (Online registration is recommended.) Dramatic writers of all skill levels can participate in workshops and discussions. Fans of live theater can attend staged readings of local works and take part in a recording of Mike Geither’s podcast play, Flame Puppy. Other offerings include a luncheon and post-show reception. The festival will be held at Waterloo Arts in Collinwood (15605 Waterloo Road, Cleveland, OH 44110).

Information on festival sessions and registration is available at www.playwrightslocal.org. Tax-deductible donations in support of this new, locally focused arts organization also may be made at the site.

Slings and Arrows — Raising $$

June 26th, 2011 No comments

Was watching this fantastic show last night and heard the following exchange:

Richard: We’ve lost 32% of our corporate sponsorship, our subscriber base is dying, the American tourists are staying away in droves, we got high-dollar, bad reviews. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do! Nobody will help us. I’ve been everywhere!

Donor: We’ll you’re just going to have to sell more tickets, hunh?

Richard: It’s not that easy. We’re talking about theater!

Donor: Richard, we sell people water. Something they can get out of a tap for free. You people in the arts have got to get your heads screwed on right, hunh? You’ve got to decide if you’re a business or a charity. If you’re a business: pick your market, sell your product. If you’re a charity, go to the government: that’s were the big money is.

Classic!

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