Anne Hamilton/Hamilton Dramaturgy


Kia Corthron’s Great Plains Theatre Conference Speech

Playwright Kia Corthron gave a terrific speech as the Honored Playwright at the 2014 Great Plains Theatre Conference. We are privileged to post it here. It is a must-read! Thank you so much, Kia.

Download it here: Kia Corthron’s 2014 Great Plains Theatre Conference Speech

GPTC 2014 Honored Playwright Kia Corthron

GPTC 2014 Honored Playwright Kia Corthron

Kia Corthron was awarded a 2014 Windham Campbell Literature Prize. She is a contributing writer of Steel Hammer performed by Anne Bogart’s SITI Company, developed through ATL/Humana 2014 and premiering at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2015. Corthron’s Life by Asphyxiation, previously produced by Playwrights Horizons, inaugurated the Public Theater’s Public Forum Drama Club last October.

Other plays include A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick (Playwrights Horizons coproduction with The Play Company and the Culture Project), Trickle (Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Marathon), Moot the Messenger (Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival), Light Raise the Roof (New York Theatre Workshop), Snapshot Silhouette (Minneapolis’ Children’s Theatre), Slide Glide the Slippery Slope (ATL Humana, Mark Taper Forum), The Venus de Milo Is Armed (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Breath, Boom (London’s Royal Court Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Yale Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre and elsewhere), Force Continuum (Atlantic Theater Company), Splash Hatch on the E Going Down (New York Stage and Film, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Yale Rep, London’s Donmar Warehouse), Seeking the Genesis (Goodman Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club), Digging Eleven (Hartford Stage Company), Wake Up Lou Riser (Delaware Theatre Company), Come Down Burning (American Place Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre), Cage Rhythm (Sightlines/The Point in the Bronx).

Awards and fellowships include the 2012 Lee Reynolds Award (League of Professional Theatre Women), Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Creative Arts Residency (Italy), Dora Maar Residency (France), MacDowell Colony, Siena Arts Institute Visiting Artist (Italy), Playwrights Center’s McKnight National Residency, Masterwork Productions Award, the Wachtmeister Award, Columbia College/Goodman Theatre Fellowship, Barbara Barondess MacLean Foundation Award, AT&T On Stage Award, Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award, Mark Taper Forum’s Fadiman Award, National Endowment for the Arts/TCG, Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, New Professional Theatre Playwriting Award, Callaway Award, and in television a Writers Guild Outstanding Drama Series Award and Edgar Allan Poe Award for The Wire.

Most recently Kia has written two new plays, Megastasis and Slingshot, and a novel. She currently serves on the Council of the Dramatists Guild, is a member of the Writers Guild of America, and is an alumnus of New Dramatists.



BCWJ Article – Preparing for Theatre Conferences

Here is my latest article for my Page & Stage column in the Bucks County Women’s Journal. You may download the article here: BCWJ Article – Preparing for Theatre Conferences by Anne Hamilton

Preparing for Theatre Conferences

By Anne M. Hamilton, MFA

Every year I attend the Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. For a week, Metropolitan Community College hosts a multifaceted developmental program which includes productions, five MainStage readings, workshops, and more than twenty PlayLab readings.

The process starts when the conference puts out a call for play submissions in the fall. Plays come in from all over the world, are read and evaluated, and then the final plays are chosen. The process is similar for other play development conferences like Seven Devils, the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, and PlayPenn in Philadelphia.

When playwrights are looking to develop their work, they often send out their scripts to gain the widest range of experience. Having actors, directors and dramaturgs read the scripts in front of an audience allows the playwright to hear her work, and determine which areas are working, and which can be strengthened.

At Great Plains, a team of artists gathers for several rehearsals, and then presents the reading. A panel of professional playwrights, directors, educators and dramaturgs gives the playwright feedback, and then the playwright discusses the play with her assigned dramaturg. During the week, playwrights also take a variety of workshops, writing new work, and learning new approaches to creative inspiration.

As a Guest Artist, I really enjoy getting to know each new work, and then discussing the reading with its creator. Many scripts go on to great success with other festivals and conferences, as well as productions. It is a pleasure to continue a professional relationship with the playwrights, and to support them as they continue their submissions, and apply to professional training programs and graduate schools.

It is in every playwright’s best interest to actively research and submit to developmental workshops and conferences. The theatre starts with a rather level playing field in that every actor has to audition and learn to perform on stage, and every playwright has to submit and have her plays read and performed on stage. A conference can be a marvelous experience which pushes a writer’s career forward, and gives her a refreshing collaborative experience.

Anne Hamilton has 23 years of experience as a dramaturg. She is available for script consultations and career advising through hamiltonlit@hotmail.com. Season Three of Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow! launched with an interview with Kate Valk, The Wooster Group’s leading actress.

 

 



Great Plains Theatre Conference Announces Playwright Selections

Once again, I will attend the GPTC in Omaha, Nebraska as a Guest Artist, to give my dramaturgical feedback to the selected playwrights and their new works below. I will appear on panels with Kia Corthron, who is the 2014 Honored Playwright. My fellow dramaturg respondents are Walter Byongsok Chon and Heather Helinsky. The conference will take place from May 24th to May 31st.

MainStage

  • Matthew Bennett, The Cause — Salt Lake City, UT
  • Cody Daigle, In the Bones — Scott, LA
  • David Hilder, Drown — New York, NY
  • John Morogiello, Civilizing Lusby — Montgomery Village, MD
  • Josh Wilder, Leftovers — Minneapolis, MN

PlayLab

  • Tiffany Antone, Twigs and Bone — Waco, TX
  • Claudia Barnett, Witches Vanish — Lascassas, TN
  • Anne Bertram, The Good Fight — Minneapolis, MN
  • James Christy, Egyptian Song — Princeton, NJ
  • Murphi Cook, Birds of America — Pittsburgh, PA
  • Nancy Cooper Frank, Daniil Kharms: A Life in One Act and Several Dozen Eggs — San Francisco, CA
  • Jennifer Faletto, Bathroom Hate — Boulder, CO
  • Lindsey Ferrentino, Ugly Lies the Bone — Merritt Island, FL
  • Daniel Giles, Sea Change — Pittsburgh, PA
  • Jessica Lewis, Knock Off — Brooklyn, NY
  • Bonnie Metzgar, You Lost Me — Chicago, IL
  • Tira Palmquist, Two Degrees — Irvine, CA
  • Robert Plowman, The Route 19 Roadside Choir Of Dead Babies Invites You To Visit “The Fountain of Youth” Museum & Gift Shop — Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Dean Poynor, Together We are Making A Poem In Honor Of Life — New York, NY
  • Cecelia Raker, Skinwalking — Brighton, MA
  • Amy Schleunes, IHOP Is No Rent-A-Center — Granada, Nicaragua
  • Jordan Seavey, The Third Thing — Brooklyn, NY
  • Celine Song, The Feast — Brooklyn, NY
  • Eva Suter, We Only Go Home in Retrograde — Austin, TX
  • Michael Tooher, The Perfect Sameness of Our Days — Portland, ME
  • Evan Twohy, Permission — Brooklyn, NY
  • Jennie Webb, Crazy Bitch — Los Angeles, CA
  • Nia Witherspoon, The Messiah Complex — Tallahassee, FL
  • Michael Yichao, Goose — Burbank, CA


LIKE POETRY in the NYC Fringe Festival

LIKE POETRY by Kristian O'Hare at the FringeNYC

I would like to invite you to LIKE POETRY, written by a wonderful playwright I discovered at the Great Plains Theatre Conference. It is playing in the NYC Fringe Festival Aug. 10-14 at La MaMa.

LIKE POETRY was written by Kristian O’Hare, who now lives in San Francisco. It was given a staged reading at the GPTC in 2012. I had the privilege of dramaturging the play this summer as Kristian prepared to start rehearsals for the Fringe.

It is a lyrical, many-layered drama which allowed me to simply relax and enjoy the beautiful writing. Kristian is a master of tight construction and meaningful imagery, especially his weaving of insect descriptions, Walt Whitman’s appearances, and Stagger’s story of transformation. I have very high expectations for the success of this play. I hope that you can attend the performance. Kristian’s contact information is: kristianohare@gmail.com

Here is a short description: A new play in three acts, Like Poetry traces the metamorphosis of main character Stagger as he confronts issues of physical and emotional intimacy surrounding his homosexuality. By employing extensive knowledge of entomology, the poetry of Walt Whitman and unique therapies of a non-traditional doctor, Stagger gains the skills needed to confront the past and embrace his future.

Like Poetry
Ivy Theatre Company
Writer: Kristian O’Hare
Director: Audrey Alford
300mg Lavender for exhaustion. 500mg Kava Kava for anxiety. Stagger haphazardly follows Walt Whitman into an uncertain sexual underworld while memories of his best friend, Card, cling to him like a lyme-carrying tick. Pills, bugs, and sexuality collide like poetry.
www.IvyTheatre.com   IvyTheatre
VENUE #12: The Ellen Stewart Theatre – La MaMa      
SAT 10 @ 7:00  SUN 11 @ 1:30  MON 12 @ 4:45  TUE 13 @ 4:45  WED 14 @ 7:00



Great Plains Theatre Conference 2013

I just returned from ten days in Omaha, Nebraska, where I participated as a workshop leader for a Dramaturgy Intensive at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and gave dramaturgical feedback to ten playwrights whose works were given readings at the Great Plains Theatre Conference.

Walter Byongsok Chon designed the intensive, which was one offering included in a month-long course offered by Dr. Cindy Phanuef. He gave six lectures, and Heather Helinsky and I led one workshop each.

It was my second year as a dramaturgical respondent at the GPTC, and my first as a workshop leader at UNO. The plays and playwrights were absolutely terrific. I also enjoyed spending time with other Guest Artists such as Constance Congdon, Mac Wellman, Ruth Margraff, Kate Snodgrass, Elena Araoz, Justin Townsend, and Eliza Bent. Many thanks to Artistic Director Kevin Lawler for inviting me to participate again.

Here are the plays I was privileged to work on:

PlayLab Readings

Penny  Gets Bit by Molly Welsh

The  Singularity by Crystal Jackson

Ganglia:  Instructions for the Symbiogenesis by Peter Roth

Daughter by Elana Gartner

Silueta by  Diana Burbano, Christopher Shelton, Tom Shelton

Neverland  Industries by Danny Carroll

Irreversible by Jack Karp

Madame  Ho by Eugenie Chan

MainStage  Readings

William  & Judith by Cody Daigle

Mai  Dang Lao by  David Jacobi

Many congratulations to all of the playwrights, and best wishes for the continued development of their new work.



CONK AND BONE
October 1, 2012, 12:01 am
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Here is a message from Joe Musso, a playwright whom I met at this year’s Great Plains Theatre Festival. He’s one of my TALFs  (Theatre Artist I Love to Follow). His new play CONK AND BONE has two productions happening simultaneously in two different regions of the country. Congratulations, Joe.

Message from Joe Musso:

Below is a picture of the first rehearsal of the L.A. production my full-length play CONK AND BONE, which opens on October 19 and runs three weekends. The show is being produced by Mutineer Theatre Company and will be held at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre in the Pasadena Playhouse. Here is the website: http://www.mutineertheatre.com/2012/09/15/conk-and-bone/

You can follow Mutineer Theatre’s progress via Twitter at @mutineertheatre and/or #conkandbone. Rehearsal photos and productions shots will be posted.

Raconteur Theatre Company in Columbus, Ohio, is also producing the play on the same dates. Its production will be held in the Club Diversity theatre space. Here is the website: http://raconteurtheatre.com/.