Anne Hamilton/Hamilton Dramaturgy


Anne Reads Her Poetry at the Cherry Lane
Just a reminder, WOMEN’S WORDS has been postponed to Wednesday, December 12th.   Hope to see you at the Cherry Lane at 7:00 This is a fund raiser for the League of Professional Theatre Women.  Seniors are $12 and General Admission is $20 at the box office.

WOMEN'S WORDS


Anne to Read Her Poetry at the Cherry Lane

http://offbroadway.broadwayworld.com/article/PJ-Gibson-Carol-Hall-More-Join-WOMENS-WORDS-at-Cherry-Lane-Theatre-1029-20121008

Please come hear me read some new poetry at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City on October 29th at 7:30pm. I’ll be joining some terrific colleagues in this performance, which is a League of Professional Theatre Women event.

Please read the Broadway World article, and come on along!



Anne To Read Her Poetry at the Cherry Lane

Thanks to a kind invitation from my friend Harriet Slaughter, I’ll be reading my new poetry at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City in September.

Harriet is a Retired Arts Administrator, the former Co- President of the League of Professional Theatre Women, and its 30th Anniversary Co-Chair. The poetry reading is an official selection of “30 Plays Celebrate 30 Years“. Everyone is welcome!

*Monday, September 10
Cherry Lane Theatre | 38 Commerce St., NY, NY
Curated by Harriet Slaughter
Women’s Words, poetry by Anne Hamilton, Dael Orlandersmith, Mira Spektor, Harriet Slaughter and other poets.



Anne Taught Screenwriting/Playwriting Workshop at Philadelphia Writer’s Conference

I had the pleasure of teaching a scriptwriting workshop at the Philadelphia Writer’s Conference from June 3rd through 5th.  One of the nation’s oldest writing conferences, past instructors have included the great novelist Pearl S. Buck. Close to 200 participants attended. I taught three one-hour sessions to about 25 class members on topics including: dramatic elements, the dramatic form, developing character and storyline, differences in formatting between screenplays and stage plays, the writer’s life, cultivating self-expression, and myths and truths about professional writers. I gave the students several writing exercises in free form expression and writing taglines. I discussed the opening from the screenplay WINTER’S BONE to demonstrate characterization, diction, and tone. Class members read roles in a scene from a terrific comedy written by another participant, and I taught them how to give feedback in an appropriate and constructive manner.  Finally, I read two excerpts from my own work to illustrate the use of imagery and high dramatic stakes – the opening of AND THEN I WENT INSIDE, Part II of  THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG – VOLUME I, and the monologue RED RIBBON TIE, which is part of ANOTHER WHITE SHIRT.

I will be looking for other opportunities to serve as a conference workshop leader. Thank you, PWC.

Here are testimonials from four of my students:

“I had the privilege of attending one of Anne Hamilton’s playwriting workshops at the 2011 Philadelphia Writer’s Conference. As an emerging playwright I found her workshop to be superbly instructive; submission formats and targets for submitting plays were particularly helpful. Her in-class writing exercises and prompts were excellent workshop fuel and her reading from her own piece about the 9/11 attacks was galvanizing. It’s good to know there is a resource like her out there as my portfolio of plays continues to evolve.”

-Lisa S. Lutwyche has a BFA in painting, a BA in Art History, and spent 28 years in corporate and residential architecture and design, teaching creative writing at a community arts center since 1992.  After attending AROHO (A Room of Her Own, a selective, bi-annual women’s writing retreat in New Mexico) in 2009, and a workshop there with playwright Ellen McLaughlin, Lisa started writing plays.  She had her first one-act play, THE FALL, produced in the 2010 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.  A poet, novelist, essayist and playwright, she is currently working on her MFA in Creative Writing through a low residency program at Goddard College in Vermont.

“Anne Hamilton provides an outstanding workshop for aspiring playwrights and screenwriters.  She speaks from a wealth of experience as a playwright and dramaturg and is able to impart her knowledge clearly and in a manner that is helpful to those on every level of proficiency.  Her handouts, which cover key elements of dramatic writing as well as formatting, are useful, plus she excels at establishing a warm, encouraging presence that infuses the insightful critiques of work submitted by members of the workshop.  I strongly recommend her.”

Diana Pazicky, Assistant Professor of English, Temple University

“Anne Hamilton’s recent Playwriting/Screenwriting Workshop at the 2011 Philadelphia Writer’s Conference was intriguing and informative. Her experience as a Dramaturge was put to good use in passing-on solid, technical information on Playwriting, together with “tricks-of-the trade” and some of her own powerful, inspirational writing.”

Nick Lutwyche has nearly 50 years of experience in military aviation engineering and operations,with 25 of those years in Royal Navy aviation including active service. He has had long time involvement in Community Theatre in the UK and the USA, which has helped preserve his sanity. His roles in many venues include  Actor/Back Stage/Front-of-House/Scenery/Construction/Trash-hauling/Lighting. One day he will write that play…

“I had the pleasure of taking Anne Hamilton’s screenwriting workshop at the Philadelphia Writers Conference. Ms. Hamilton offered a wonderful overview of techniques, examples of works and priceless information for breaking into the business. To be honest, I was on the fence as to whether or not I wanted to pursue screenwriting. However, Ms. Hamilton was so encouraging and inspiring that I applied to MFA programs that same day! Her workshop was truly an invaluable experience and easily my favorite of the three day conference.”

Porsha Addison, Aspiring Screenwriter/MFA Student



THE BREAD OF FORGETFULNESS to be read October 19th
October 16, 2010, 1:01 am
Filed under: About Anne, Anne Reads from Her Work, NO PASSPORT, NYC Theatre
  • I am a member of NO PASSPORT, I have read from my work in our monthly reading series featuring fine writers like Carida Svich, Midaglia Cruz, Alejandro Morales, and Randy Gener. If you’re in NYC, please come to our next event on October 19th. NoPassport Theatre Alliance & Press and INTAR, in collaboration with the Nuyorican Poets Café, will present HIBERNATING RATTLESNAKES: DEMONIOS – An Evening of Demons, Chupacabras . . . and things that go HISS in the night. I will read my play THE BREAD OF FORGETFULNESS. Description: A bakery, a Memory Haunting and a writer’s imagination collide over a Pan De Muerto on the Day of the Dead. Please join us at 7pm at the Nuyorican Poets Café, 236. E. 3rd Street (Avenues B/C) in NYC (www.nuyorican. org).Suggested admission is $5. Bring Friends!


Recent Successes – Autumn 2010

Playwrighting

  • My play THE DELIVERY appeared in the 2010 Emerging Female Voices Festival on October 11th. This festival features 21 original works and is being produced by the Manhattan Shakespeare Project. The short comedy features a subway car, a maternity ward, and one determined little girl. Lori Wolter-Hudson directed.
  • I am a member of NO PASSPORT, I have read from my work in our monthly reading series featuring fine writers like Carida Svich, Midaglia Cruz, Alejandro Morales, and Randy Gener. If you’re in NYC, please come to our next event on October 19th. NoPassport Theatre Alliance & Press and INTAR, in collaboration with the Nuyorican Poets Café, will present HIBERNATING RATTLESNAKES: DEMONIOS – An Evening of Demons, Chupacabras . . . and things that go HISS in the night. I will read my play THE BREAD OF FORGETFULNESS. Description: A bakery, a Memory Haunting and a writer’s imagination collide over a Pan De Muerto on the Day of the Dead. Please join us at 7pm at the Nuyorican Poets Café, 236. E. 3rd Street (Avenues B/C) in NYC (www.nuyorican. org).Suggested admission is $5. Bring Friends!
  • On December 14th, I will direct a reading of my play THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG – VOLUME I at Julia’s Reading Room in NYC. Held at the home of legendary producer Julia Miles, JRR is a program of the League of Professional Theatre Women. As a special treat, I will also direct and present a performance of my clown play BOUDOIR BENCH, which introduces a new archetype: the beautiful female clown.

Anne On the Air

  • On July 24th, I served as a guest commentator for the L.A. Theatreworks audio presentation of Lee Blessing’s GOING TO ST. IVES. The topic was Mothers and Sons in THE GLASS MENAGERIE, A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE and ALL MY SONS. The segment was aired nationwide on NPR as a companion piece to the broadcast of the play. An audio of the play and segment can be ordered at http://audio-sales1.amazonwebstore.com/Going-to-St.-Ives-Library-Edition/M/1580812791.htm

L.A. Theatreworks has a large catalog of audio recordings of important plays performed by leading actors. Its website is a terrific resource at www.latw.org.

  • Season One of my audio podcast series TheatreNow!, an oral history of leading American female theatre artists is complete. You can find it at https://hamiltondramaturgy.wordpress.com . The inaugural segment features playwright and librettist Quiara Allegria Hudes, who wrote ELIOTT, A SOLDIER’S FUGUE, and the libretto for IN THE HEIGHTS (2008 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, and 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama nominee). Please listen to additional guests already online including: Ruth Margraff, Claire Lautier, Valentina Fratti, and Catherine Filloux, Yvette Heyliger and Yvonne Farrow. Yvette Heyliger speaks about her play WWJD?, which has been nominated for nine Audelco Awards. (www.twinbiz.com). Listen to more Interviews and Features on Catherine Filloux at http://www.catherinefilloux.com/links.html .

Dramaturgy

  • I am currently approaching theatres hoping to locate a producer for Warren Bodow’s drama FRONTING THE ORDER, which I also dramaturged. The five character ensemble piece explores the ethics and practicality of using deception to gain a short term profit, and we see a premonition of the conflicts of our 21st century information age. Please send all inquiries to me at: hamiltonlit@hotmail.com . Warren is the retired President of radio stations WQXR and WQEW and received great reviews from The New York Times for RACE MUSIC last year on Theatre Row. He presented a very well-received staged reading at the Abingdon Theatre on September 29th.
  • Tom Cavanaugh, a long-time client, was given a staged reading of his play BEHOLD at the Utah Shakespearean Festival this summer. The drama, about a family’s disintegration after its son/brother was killed in a Columbine-type school shooting. Its plot hinges upon the very topical subject of peer bullying and violence. The play was very well received. Please contact me at hamiltonlit@hotmail.com for a press packet and copy of the script.
  • Broadway legend George Marcy performed his musical play THE BALLAD OF GEORGIE PORGIE (co-written with Bob Goldstone, who also serves as Musical Director) on September 12th at Don’t Tell Mama in NYC. Here are his comments: “Anne Hamilton, with her insight, creativity and knowledge, is responsible for guiding THE BALLAD OF GEORGIE PORGIE to where it is today.” Bravo, George!
  • I still serve on the LPTW’s Mentoring Committee under Chairwoman Margery Klain. The committee is dedicated to providing mentoring opportunities to female theatre artists who are members of the League. Please see www.theatrewomen.org for an application.
  • Two plays which I dramaturged in the past appeared as readings in NYC this fall: Carrie Robbins’ THE DEATH & LIFE OF DR. CUTTER, and Cheryl L. Davis’ SWIMMING UPTOWN (at the Abingdon Theatre’s 2010-2011 Staged Reading Series).

Publications

  • The Bucks County Women’s Journal published my article, “Advocacy for Women Playwrights” in my Page & Stage column (October/November). In the July/August issue I completed my profile of Quiara Alegría Hudes, the Pulitzer-Prize nominated playwright.
  • The Open to Hope Foundation published four of my articles on Healing Through the Arts on its website www.opentohope.com. The series, on Maintaining Emotional Fluency Through Artistic Expression, revealed my healing journeys as a writer. “Writing Poetry Helps Thirty Years After Friend’s Death”, discusses how I discovered my internal soul-shift while writing the poem “Summer Storm”.

Public Workshops

  • I’ve been invited to teach a workshop of playwrighting and screenwriting at the Philadelphia Writer’s Conference next June. Please sign up at: http://www.pwcwriters.org/index.html


THE DELIVERY read in the 2010 Emerging Voices Fest/NYC
October 11, 2010, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Anne Reads from Her Work, NYC Theatre, Recent Successes, Works by Women
  • My play THE DELIVERY appeared in the 2010 Emerging Female Voices Festival on October 11th. This festival features 21 original works and is being produced by the Manhattan Shakespeare Project through November 22nd. The short comedy features a subway car, a maternity ward, and one determined little girl. Lori Wolter-Hudson directed.


ScriptForward! #22 – A Specialty Newsletter for Scriptwriting Professionals

Greetings!

Click here to read Hamilton Dramaturgy’s ScriptForward! #22

Welcome to the June issue of ScriptForward!, a specialty E-newsletter prepared for professional and aspiring scriptwriters by Hamilton Dramaturgy. With nineteen years of experience in New York, across the nation, and internationally, I offer this newsletter as a means of support and information to the worldwide scriptwriting community.

This month’s features:
Two of my plays and a poem have been selected for the juried exhibition TRANSITIONS at Pen and Brush, Inc. in NYC. ANOTHER WHITE SHIRT (play), THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG – VOLUME I (play) and GONDOLIER (poem) are appearing in the virtual exhibit at http://www.penandbrush.org through September 3rd.

Anne Hamilton Reads a Monologue from ANOTHER WHITE SHIRT

Ludovica Villar-Hauser, a director/dramaturg, writes an article about Works by Women, a new theatre-going advocacy group she created in New York City.

My audio podcast series TheatreNow!, an oral history of leading American female theatre artists, is available at
https://hamiltondramaturgy.wordpress.com. Guests include: Quiara Alegria Hudes, Ruth Margraff, Kristin Marting, Catherine Filloux, Yvette Heyliger and Yvonne Heyliger, Valentina Fratti, and Claire Lautier.

My Burning An[swer] segment features advice on how a college student can train to become a dramaturg.

My “Recent Successes” section features many new collaborations!- Tina Andrews, George Marcy, Bob Goldstone, and Warren Bodow.

I hope that this issue of ScriptForward! will be useful to you and I welcome your feedback



Anne to Read a New Short Play at Hibernating Rattlesnakes June 14th, 7pm

Hibernating Rattlesnakes: An Evening of Excerpts from and Short Works for Performance at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe (236 E 3rd Street between Avenue B/C in NYC) – Monday, June 14th, 7pm. $5 cover charge.

Anne will read her new short play TYRONE’S SLIDE RIDE in one of the city’s coolest new play events.

It’s midnight in DUMBO and Tyrone is minding his own business. When a chance meeting develops the potential to turn violent, will he go along for the ride, or put the pedal to the metal? Take a ride with Tyrone and Hippo (real name withheld) as they bring a whole new meaning to the term “gentrification”. Based on a true incident.

  • Hosted by MC Ephraim Lopez
  • Featuring Dacyl Acevedo, Maria Alexandria Beech, Bernardo Cubria, Ricardo Gamboa, Jason Grote, Anne Hamilton, Lanna Joffrey, Alejandro Morales, Carmen Pelaez & Saviana Stanescu
  • Presented by NoPassport Theater Alliance & Press
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  • $5
  • HIBERNATING RATTLESNAKES: An Evening of Excerpts from and Short Works for Performance with MC Ephraim Lopez. Written and read by Dacyl Acevedo, Maria Alexandria Beech, Bernardo Cubria, Ricardo Gamboa, Jason Grote, Anne Hamilton, Lanna Joffrey, Alejandro Morales, Carmen Pelaez & Saviana Stanescu. NoPassport is an unincorporated Pan-American theatre alliance & press devoted to expressions of diversity and difference in the arts. For enquiries about NoPassport contact NoPassportPress@aol.com. NoPassport: Dreaming the Americas.
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Anne’s Plays and Poetry Win a Place in TRANSITIONS, Pen and Brush’s Juried Exhibition

ANNE READS EXCERPTS FROM HER WINNING PLAYS ON JUNE 9TH AT PEN AND BRUSH

Click into the Virtual Exhibit here: http://www.penandbrush.org.

Anne Hamilton’s plays and poetry have been selected for the juried exhibition TRANSITIONS at Pen and Brush, Inc. in NYC. ANOTHER WHITE SHIRT (play), THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG – VOLUME I (play) and GONDOLIER (poem) will appear in the Virtual Event at www.penandbrush.org from June 3rd through August 31st.

The exhibition had its real-time opening at the Pen and Brush studios on June 3rd between 6pm and 9pm at 16 East 10th Street near Washington Square Park in New York City. Anne read SHARON’s first monologue from ANOTHER WHITE SHIRT and STACY’s last monologue from THE STACY PLAY. She also read colleague Leah Kornfeld Friedman’s play I STOOD WITH MY SATCHEL. A previous Pen and Brush award-winner, Leah had a prior engagement and could not attend the opening.

AND THEN I WENT INSIDE starred Kathleen Chalfant at the Cherry Lane Theatre (NYC) in November, 2009. With Kathy’s encouragement, and with her voice in mind, Anne expanded the play into THE STACY PLAY – A LOVE SONG. In March, Anne performed AND THEN I WENT INSIDE (PART II of THE STACY PLAY) in Philadelphia at the Green Light Arts debut event, and read YOU ARE HERE – PART I, with Christopher Gliege as Jonathan, at the Hibernating Rattlesnakes event at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.