tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-35552800232586605622013-04-08T07:20:45.772-04:00Ten Minute Play WorkshopJen Whitingnoreply@blogger.comBlogger83125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3555280023258660562.post-79542197358126492452013-04-07T20:11:00.003-04:002013-04-07T20:13:40.624-04:00TMPW Session #82: Brian Foster's "Future Box #400918"Brian Foster's "<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/scripts/Foster-Future%20Box%20%23400918.pdf">Future Box #400918</a>" is an incredibly creative notion that gives one pause. And during that pause, we consider if we'd really want to go there, if we'd really want to be a part of the world Foster creates. The script was immediately Randian and Orwellian in a way that caught me off guard and made me dive in head first.<br /><br />My thanks to Brian for sharing such a fantastic script and to John Gamel and Barry Ernst for workshopping it with me.<br /><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">You can&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;"><a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/audio/Session82.m4a" style="color: #3d85c6; text-decoration: none;">listen to the audio recording of the session</a></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;or catch it as an episode in the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ten-minute-play-workshop/id608075224" style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px; text-decoration: none;">Ten Minute Play Workshop podcast on iTunes</a><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">.</span>Jen Whitinghttps://plus.google.com/102229451646486962147noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3555280023258660562.post-73093632505355685172013-04-07T20:06:00.001-04:002013-04-07T20:06:12.851-04:00TMPW Session #81: Barry Ernst's "Ass Backwards"Barry Ernst's "<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/scripts/Ernst-Ass%20Backwards.pdf">Ass Backwards</a>" is a poignant script about teenagers witnessing and responding to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.<br /><br />The workshop was almost as intense as the script - give it a listen! My thanks to Barry for sharing his script with us, and to John Gamel, Elena Tabachnick, and Jefferson Navicky for workshopping it with me.<br /><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">You can&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;"><a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/audio/Session81.m4a" style="color: #3d85c6; text-decoration: none;">listen to the audio recording of the session</a></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;or catch it as an episode in the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ten-minute-play-workshop/id608075224" style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px; text-decoration: none;">Ten Minute Play Workshop podcast on iTunes</a><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">.</span>Jen Whitinghttps://plus.google.com/102229451646486962147noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3555280023258660562.post-56181435325944018352013-03-31T21:36:00.003-04:002013-03-31T21:42:44.137-04:00TMPW Session #80: Thomas Heine's "Man in the Mirror"With readers like Arthur Holden and Ellen Steves, we couldn't let this session go by! Thomas Heine's script, "<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/scripts/Heine-Man%20in%20the%20Mirror.pdf">Man in the Mirror</a>" was workshopped without Thomas (time zone mixup), but by the end of the piece, we knew we had to publish the workshop because the script was so fantastic! Not to mention how much fun it was to listen to Arthur and Ellen read the script!<br /><br />My thanks to Arthur and Ellen for reading and workshopping this piece with me.<br /><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">You can&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;"><a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/audio/Session80.m4a" style="color: #3d85c6; text-decoration: none;">listen to the audio recording of the session</a></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;or catch it as an episode in the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ten-minute-play-workshop/id608075224" style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px; text-decoration: none;">Ten Minute Play Workshop podcast on iTunes</a><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">.</span><br /><br /><br />Jen Whitinghttps://plus.google.com/102229451646486962147noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3555280023258660562.post-86158988384240948622013-03-31T21:26:00.002-04:002013-03-31T21:27:55.915-04:00TMPW Session #79: Ellen Steves' "Asking For It"If you want to hear the most&nbsp;controversial&nbsp;script we've done on TMPW to-date, and also listen to a rousing workshop, this is the session for you!<br /><br />Ellen Steves' "<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/scripts/Steves-Asking%20For%20It.pdf">Asking For It</a>" is a script with a notion of truth that can be seen as offensive, ludicrous, thought-provoking, intriguing, or just downright foreign (each responses that surfaced during the workshop).<br /><br />The script is tightly-written, has an amazing tempo and delivers a topic to the audience that is full of life, and questions, and... well... a sense of taboo.<br /><br />My thanks to Ellen for bringing this script to TMPW and to Aimee Valentine, Jefferson Navicky, Jean Yeager and John Gamel for workshopping it with me!<br /><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">You can&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;"><a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/audio/Session79.m4a" style="color: #3d85c6; text-decoration: none;">listen to the audio recording of the session</a></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;or catch it as an episode in the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ten-minute-play-workshop/id608075224" style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px; text-decoration: none;">Ten Minute Play Workshop podcast on iTunes</a><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">.</span>Jen Whitinghttps://plus.google.com/102229451646486962147noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3555280023258660562.post-45472610880050003252013-03-31T21:18:00.000-04:002013-03-31T21:18:04.043-04:00TMPW Session #78: Real Carpentier's Best Friend ForeverReal Carpentier's script, "<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/scripts/Carpentier-Best%20Friend%20Forever.pdf">Best Friend Forever</a>," takes one down a rocky, tough road of emotion, but the trip is well worth it.<br /><br />The script is an eloquent exchange of thoughts and emotions about terminal illness, with poignancy sprinkled throughout.<br /><br />My thanks to Real for charing his script with us and to John Gamel and Maddie Valentine for workshopping it with me.<br /><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">You can&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;"><a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/audio/Session78.m4a" style="color: #3d85c6; text-decoration: none;">listen to the audio recording of the session</a></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;or catch it as an episode in the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ten-minute-play-workshop/id608075224" style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px; text-decoration: none;">Ten Minute Play Workshop podcast on iTunes</a><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">.</span>Jen Whitinghttps://plus.google.com/102229451646486962147noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3555280023258660562.post-67921953270851884992013-03-24T21:36:00.002-04:002013-03-24T21:39:31.914-04:00TMPW Session #77: Stefan Lanfer's "Expected Value"Helicopters, dorm rooms, the sometimes-not-so-subtle nudge and presence of parents in our lives -- Stefan Lanfer's script, "<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/scripts/Stefan-Lanfer-Expected-Value.pdf">Expected Value</a>" brings it all together.<br /><br />This is a great read, and we had a lot of fun putting it through a workshop session. My internet connection was a bit weak tonight, so it introduced a delay in the audio, but this one is worth a read and a listen!<br /><br />My thanks to Stefan for sharing his script with us and to Tom Heine and Jean Yeager for workshopping it with me!<br /><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 20px;">You can&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #3d85c6; font-family: Trebuchet MS, Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 20px;"><a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/audio/Session77.m4a">listen to the audio recording of the session</a></span></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;or catch it as an episode in the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ten-minute-play-workshop/id608075224" style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 20px; text-decoration: none;">Ten Minute Play Workshop podcast on iTunes</a><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; line-height: 20px;">.</span>Jen Whitinghttps://plus.google.com/102229451646486962147noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3555280023258660562.post-17994036818343485672013-03-24T21:23:00.003-04:002013-03-24T21:25:00.191-04:00TMPW Session #75: Lynn-Steven Johanson's "The Collision of Venus and Mars"Lynn-Steven Johanson's "<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/scripts/Lynn-Johanson-VENUS%20%26%20MARS.pdf">The Collision of Venus and Mars</a>" is a hoot!<br /><br />Love, sex, the "what if" of the end of the world... it really has it all in there! We had a great time workshopping this script - my thanks to Lynn for sharing his script and to Tom Misuraca, Larry Rinkel and Tony Pezzula for workshopping it with me!<br /><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">You can&nbsp;</span><a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/audio/Session75.m4a">listen to the audio recording of the session</a><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;or catch it as an episode in the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ten-minute-play-workshop/id608075224" style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px; text-decoration: none;">Ten Minute Play Workshop podcast on iTunes</a><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">.</span>Jen Whitinghttps://plus.google.com/102229451646486962147noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3555280023258660562.post-71119953007895843122013-03-24T20:24:00.002-04:002013-03-24T20:24:49.722-04:00TMPW Session #72: Tom Misuraca's "Kiss My Astral Projection"Tom Misuraca has done it again! His script, "<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/scripts/Kiss_My_Astral_Projection-Misuraca.pdf">Kiss My Astral Projection</a>" is another fun and fast-paced script that tethers characters to each other in a way that makes me want to be a part of the cast!<br /><br />I'm going to keep this short, but encourage you to listen to the audio recording of the session to hear the piece for yourself!<br /><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">You can&nbsp;</span><a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/audio/Session72.m4a">listen to the audio recording of the session</a><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;or catch it as an episode in the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ten-minute-play-workshop/id608075224" style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px; text-decoration: none;">Ten Minute Play Workshop podcast on iTunes</a><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">.</span>Jen Whitinghttps://plus.google.com/102229451646486962147noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3555280023258660562.post-84457462414843027132013-03-17T21:32:00.001-04:002013-03-17T21:32:22.448-04:00TMPW Session #74: Larry Rinkel's "Counterpoint"Larry Rinkel's script, "<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/scripts/Rinkel-Counterpoint.pdf">Counterpoint</a>, will make you smarter!<br /><br />The focus of the script is classical music, young, future success and old, bitter failure, and by the end of the reading, I felt like I had gotten the first semester of classical music training young composers get (and even felt the highs and lows of putting creative work out for review... much like TMPW)! The character development is tight, and the tempo of the plot progression sweeps along. This was a fun read and a script that made me smarter from start to finish.<br /><br />We spent the workshop talking about if it is necessary to completely explain the music references, especially in relation to the title, and I had a blast working this script!<br /><br />My thank to Larry for sharing his script and to Alison Leshowitz, Michael Eichler, and Paul Handley for workshopping the script with me.<br /><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">You can&nbsp;</span><a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/audio/Session74.m4a">listen to the audio recording of the session</a><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;or catch it as an episode in the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ten-minute-play-workshop/id608075224" style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px; text-decoration: none;">Ten Minute Play Workshop podcast on iTunes</a><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">.</span>Jen Whitinghttps://plus.google.com/102229451646486962147noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3555280023258660562.post-31752443805202771142013-03-13T21:33:00.001-04:002013-03-13T21:33:31.768-04:00TMPW Session #73: Anthony Pezzula's "Manage the Two"If you are looking for a fun script that reads like butter, <a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/scripts/Pezzula-Manage%20The%20Two.pdf">read</a> or <a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/audio/Session73.m4a">listen</a> to Anthony Pezzula's "<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/scripts/Pezzula-Manage%20The%20Two.pdf">Manage the Two</a>."<div><br /></div><div>It is tight, it has rhythm, and it delighted us in workshop. And, of course, I can't give the ending away!</div><div><br /></div><div>My thanks to Tony for sharing his script and to Nick Kloppenberg and Lynn Johansen for reading and workshopping the piece with me.</div><div><br /></div><div><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">You can&nbsp;</span><a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/audio/Session73.m4a" style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px; text-decoration: none;">listen to the audio recording of the session</a><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;or catch it as an episode in the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ten-minute-play-workshop/id608075224" style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px; text-decoration: none;">Ten Minute Play Workshop podcast on iTunes</a><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">.</span></div>Jen Whitinghttps://plus.google.com/102229451646486962147noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3555280023258660562.post-52551957154806421292013-03-13T21:17:00.000-04:002013-03-13T21:49:19.971-04:00TMPW Session #70: Gene Griffith's "The Poet and The Frog"Coming to you live from the women's room of my local <a href="https://www.dunkindonuts.com/dunkindonuts/en.html">Dunkin Donuts</a> is TMPW Session #70! Tonight was a crazy Internet connection situation at my house, so I made my way to the nearest Internet I could think of (my local Dunkin Donuts), and ducked into the women's room to get as much quiet as possible. Can you imagine what the Dunkin Donuts staff members were thinking for the 90 minutes I was reading scripts aloud in the women's room?! My thanks to Dunkin Donuts for their hospitality... Arthur suggested that I write a ten-minute play about hosting a session from the women's room in Dunkin Donuts. I may have to title it "Pottie-casting!"<br /><br />But wait, let's get back to this session! Gene Griffith's script, <a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/scripts/the%20poet%20and%20the%20frog%20format-Griffith.pdf">The Poet and The Frog</a>, is a BLAST to read, hear and workshop! I can't say enough about what fun Gene's script is. And, Arthur Holden joined in a session again (he says, "Gene's title made me sign up!") and read three of the characters, and again, gave TMPW an all-star performance!<br /><br />There are eight characters (originally we counted seven, but an eighth snuck in mid-way through!) and I wouldn't trade the fun of this workshop for all the donuts in the store!<br /><br />Oh, and here's a link to the book I mention in the introductions: The Heart Specialist by Claire Holden Rothman (<a href="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/heart-specialist-claire-holden-rothman/1100219445?ean=9781569479452&amp;r=1%2c+1&amp;cm_mmc=AFFILIATES-_-Linkshare-_-GwEz7vxblVU-_-10%3a1&amp;">B&amp;N</a> | <a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Heart-Specialist-ebook/dp/B004J4X7IK">amazon.com</a>). I spent the weekend reading this and got behind in my writing assignments for my MFA program but this book is more than anything I have ever read before. If you want to plunge into a delicate telling of a most compelling story, read this book!<br /><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">You can&nbsp;</span><a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/audio/Session70.m4a" style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px; text-decoration: none;">listen to the audio recording of the session</a><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;or catch it as an episode in the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ten-minute-play-workshop/id608075224" style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px; text-decoration: none;">Ten Minute Play Workshop podcast on iTunes</a><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">.</span>Jen Whitinghttps://plus.google.com/102229451646486962147noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3555280023258660562.post-12295112587643418282013-03-10T21:30:00.000-04:002013-03-10T21:46:38.725-04:00TMPW Session 71: Dara Silverman's "Black Thursday"Wow - all I have to say is that doing a workshop with a seasoned workshopper/playwright (John Byrne, see his scripts in <a href="http://www.tenminuteplayworkshop.com/2012/10/session-23-john-byrnes-temptation-of.html">Session #23</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.tenminuteplayworkshop.com/2013/02/tmpw-session-59-john-byrnes-at-end-of.html">Session #59</a>) and two theater critics/playwrights (Rory Leahy from Chicago and Victor Wishna from Kansas City) is such fun I can't stand it!<br /><br />Dara Silverman offered up her script "<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/scripts/Black%20Thursday-Silverman.pdf">Black Thursday</a>," a piece that was born from the "Occupy" movement that was happening in her hometown a year ago.<br /><br />Silverman's script is tight and reflective and ironic all at the same time. She highlights historical anarchist theory while she moves modern-day anarchist characters into the light of humanism. This script was not only run to read, it was a blast to workshop.<br /><br />You can <a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/audio/Session71.m4a">listen to the audio recording of the session</a> or catch it as an episode in the&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ten-minute-play-workshop/id608075224">Ten Minute Play Workshop podcast on iTunes</a>.Jen Whitinghttps://plus.google.com/102229451646486962147noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3555280023258660562.post-81225245964976654362013-03-09T10:24:00.003-05:002013-03-09T10:24:49.858-05:00TMPW Session #69: Christopher Adams' "Adam's Apple"Christopher Adams' "<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/scripts/ADAM%E2%80%99S%20APPLE-Adams.pdf">Adam's Apple</a>" is one in a series of scripts Adams is working on. The series is a treatment of biblical stories re-told with modern twists.<br /><br />This script looks at the apple in the Garden of Eden from the perspective of a post-apocalyptic&nbsp;time when two lovers debate the worth of the apple, and the orchard it may produce. Adams' script has oodles of opportunities for analysis, and Tom Misuraca (see Tom's script "<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-fall-2012/scripts/Table%20for%20One.pdf">Table for One</a>" in <a href="http://www.tenminuteplayworkshop.com/2012/10/session-13-tom-misuracas-table-for-one.html">TMPW Session #13</a>) and I had a blast reading the script and working through the workshop.<br /><br />You can <a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/audio/Session69.m4a">listen to the audio recording</a> of the session or catch it as an episode in the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ten-minute-play-workshop/id608075224">Ten Minute Play Workshop podcast on iTunes</a>.Jen Whitinghttps://plus.google.com/102229451646486962147noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3555280023258660562.post-46974736416210460352013-03-03T20:44:00.002-05:002013-03-03T20:44:34.282-05:00TMPW Session #68: Author Scheduling ConflictSadly, Session #68 must have been a scheduling conflict for the author, so the session didn't run.<br /><br />My thanks to Max Gill and Steve Koppman for signing in, though, and having a nice chat.<br /><br />Enjoy your evening, everyone.Jen Whitinghttps://plus.google.com/102229451646486962147noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3555280023258660562.post-20857416404032828352013-02-27T21:02:00.002-05:002013-02-27T21:02:32.299-05:00TMPW Session #67: L. B. Londagin's "First Rodeo"Lori Londagin's "<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/scripts/First%20Rodeo-Londagin.pdf">First Rodeo</a>" is an insight into teenage girls, high school wrestling and the inner thoughts of girls as they come of age. And, it is a hoot to read!<br /><br />Read by John Byrne and C. J. Ehrlich, Lori and myself, the script gave us lots to chew on and absorb during the workshop. I loved the ebb and flow of the script, and how Londagin captures the dialogue of teenagers. Wrestling is as foreign to me as most other countries, but by the end of the script I felt like I could at least lurk at a wrestling match without looking foolish.<br /><br />John and C. J. and I spent most of the workshop working through what we wanted more of, and Londagin took it all in. This is a dynamic script!<br /><br />My thanks to Lori for sharing her script and to John and C. J. for workshopping it with me.<br /><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">You can&nbsp;</span><a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/audio/Session67.m4a">listen to the audio recording</a><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;of the session, or catch it within the next day or so in the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ten-minute-play-workshop/id608075224" style="background-color: white; color: #3d85c6; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px; text-decoration: initial;">TMPW Podcast</a><span style="background-color: white; color: #666666; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;on iTunes.</span>Jen Whitinghttps://plus.google.com/102229451646486962147noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3555280023258660562.post-51438266394961980572013-02-27T20:42:00.004-05:002013-02-27T21:14:50.677-05:00TMPW Session #66: Sam Graber's "College"Session #66 was the first time an author asked for a "Go, No Go" on a script. Sam Graber asked for this as we workshopped a play he had "dusted off from the attic" and wanted to know if we (and he) heard enough meat in the script for him to work it some more.<br /><br />"<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/scripts/Sam-Graber-College.pdf">College</a>" was a fun read, and we spent the workshop weighing the merits and the way it felt like two plots, almost, or two parts of a story that could become a longer piece.<br /><br />In the end, however, after listening to us weigh the pros and cons of his script, Graber himself declared it a "no go." Fascinating. It took us 66 sessions to get here, but here we are: the ultimate litmus test for an author who knows his writing well enough to be able to identify when the script isn't one he wants to continue developing. I love it!<br /><br />My thanks to Sam for, once again, being an amazing, ground-breaking author in a TMPW session (you can read/hear another of Graber's scripts, "Driving Herd," in <a href="http://www.tenminuteplayworkshop.com/2012/10/session-12-sam-grabers-driving-herd.html">TMPW Session #12</a>). Note: "Driving Herd" is being produced by Between Us Productions in NYC in the <a href="http://betweenusproductions.wix.com/take-ten">Take Ten Festival</a>, March 19-24, 2013.<br /><br />And, my thanks to Christopher Adams, Larry Rinkel and Samantha Oty for workshopping the piece with me!<br /><br />You can <a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/audio/Session66.m4a">listen to the audio recording</a> of the session, or catch it within the next day or so in the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ten-minute-play-workshop/id608075224">TMPW Podcast</a>&nbsp;on iTunes.Jen Whitinghttps://plus.google.com/102229451646486962147noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3555280023258660562.post-5868182415862755682013-02-24T19:34:00.002-05:002013-02-24T19:34:44.601-05:00TMPW Session #65: Stephen Baily's "Confessions of a Chat Room Romeo"Stephen Baily's script, "<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/scripts/ConfessionsofaChatRoomRomeo-Baily.pdf">Confessions of a Chat Room Romeo</a>," rides the rails of humor and sex and confessionals and the confluence of these three in - and about - online chat room sessions.<br /><br />The reading I got to do with Arthur Holden was the most fun I've ever had reading a script on TMPW. Holden is a Canadian voice actor and author and reading Baily's script with him was a blast!<br /><br />And the script itself was a poignant telling - and asking - of the questions the internet introduced into our lives and what we are to do with them. When I first read a script by Baily last fall ("A Dozen Roses" in <a href="http://www.tenminuteplayworkshop.com/2012/10/session-18-stephen-bailys-dozen-roses.html">TMPW Session #18</a>), I knew I liked his work, and tonight's session made me feel that way again!<br /><br />My thanks to Stephen for sharing his wonderful script with us, and to Merv Kaufman and Arthur Holden for reading and workshopping the script with me.<br /><br />You can <a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/audio/Session65.m4a">listen to the audio recording</a> of the session.Jen Whitinghttps://plus.google.com/102229451646486962147noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3555280023258660562.post-80181688588464320512013-02-20T19:58:00.000-05:002013-02-20T19:58:05.997-05:00TMPW Session #64: Libba Beaucham's "An Idle Fancy"Satire, Victorian dialogue and an exposé on love fill Libba Beaucham's script, "<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/scripts/Beaucham-An%20Idle%20Fancy.pdf">An Idle Fancy</a>."<br /><br />Beaucham's script is a hoot to read, and the reading that Catherine Weingarten and Elena Tabachnick did was fantastic! John Gamel and I joined Elena and Catherine for the workshop session, and the discussion focused on the tempo of the plot progression, stage direction of action and if there could/should be one more twist at the end. Take a <a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/audio/Session64.m4a">listen</a> to the script and decide for yourself!<br /><br />My thanks to Libba for her script, and to Elena, Catherine and John for workshopping it with me!<br /><br />You can <a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/audio/Session64.m4a">listen to the audio recording</a> of the session.Jen Whitinghttps://plus.google.com/102229451646486962147noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3555280023258660562.post-324070737594642142013-02-20T19:49:00.001-05:002013-02-20T19:49:08.945-05:00TMPW Session #63: John Gamel's "Trust"John Gamel's script, "<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/scripts/Gamel-Trust.pdf">Trust</a>," brought on one of the liveliest workshops we've ever done! First, the reading was such fun, and Arthur Holden, Cate Vincent and Christian Vincent did a wonderful job with John's characters.<div><br /></div><div>John's introduction of his script opened the workshop to the kind of response that is so much fun to be a part of: a mature, engaged author seeking solid responses, even if, as Gamel reveals in his opening lines of introduction, his wife thought the two female characters wouldn't interact the way his script portrays them. So, with that opening, we, too, got to test our notions of character-believability and plot progression.</div><div><br /></div><div>It was such a fun workshop, and the script is somewhat controversial, but I've learned that John is an author who is willing to push the edges, and enjoys the openness of TMPW as the mature author that he is. I love workshopping John's scripts; he is always ready for the analysis and critique that makes workshopping such fun! (You can experience more of John's work in <a href="http://www.tenminuteplayworkshop.com/2013/01/tmpw-session-51-john-gamels-feet-dreams.html">Session #51</a> and <a href="http://www.tenminuteplayworkshop.com/2013/01/tmpw-session-54-john-gamels-touch-of.html">Session #54</a>.)</div><div><br /></div><div>My thanks to John for sharing another one of his pieces, and to Arthur, Cate and Christian for workshopping the piece with me!</div><div><br /></div><div>You can <a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/audio/Session63.m4a">listen to the audio recording</a> of the session.</div>Jen Whitinghttps://plus.google.com/102229451646486962147noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3555280023258660562.post-2099112300882766512013-02-17T21:27:00.003-05:002013-02-17T21:27:51.407-05:00TMPW Session #62: Tommy Jamerson's "Christmas Cookies"Well, it's happened! TMPW has gone absurdist! And, I can thank Tommy Jamerson for&nbsp;proffering&nbsp;up the first absurdist script for workshopping! "<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/scripts/christmas%20cookies-jamerson.pdf">Christmas Cookies</a>" is as much about... well... it's absurdist, so what it's really about is in the eye of the beholder!<br /><br />If I were you, though, I'd take twenty minutes and have a <a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/scripts/christmas%20cookies-jamerson.pdf">read</a> and a <a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/audio/Session62.m4a">listen</a>; this one is a hoot! I was laughing so much I nearly missed several cues for my stage direction reading!<br /><br />My thank to Tommy for sharing his script with us and to Larry Rinkel and Aaron Sampson (<a href="http://www.tenminuteplayworkshop.com/2013/01/tmpw-session-53-aaron-sampsons.html">Session #53</a> features a script by Aaron) for joining in on the workshopping - what a session, gentlemen!<br /><br />You can <span id="goog_1178772623"></span><a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/audio/Session62.m4a">listen to the audio recording</a><span id="goog_1178772624"></span> of the session.Jen Whitinghttps://plus.google.com/102229451646486962147noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3555280023258660562.post-13940551006189856242013-02-15T12:44:00.000-05:002013-02-15T12:45:58.249-05:00Interested in an Online Workshopping Group for Your Full-Length Play?TMPW is such fun that I can only imagine what having a group of folks to workshop full-length plays would be like! John Gamel approached me about using the TMPW model of online workshopping to workshop a full-length play and, as we got to talking, I thought, "Why not?!" But, this will be a little different. We're thinking that we'd get a small group of playwrights (five or six folks, max)&nbsp;together who are all currently working on a play and meet online once/week for ten weeks (day and time to be determined by the group) to workshop through each person's work. Readings, workshopping, recordings -- the whole bit!<br /><br />If you're currently working on a full-length (one-act or multi-act) play and would like to be a member of a workshopping group that uses the GoToMeeting software to meet once/week online, drop me a note at <a href="mailto:jen@tenminuteplayworkshop.com">jen@tenminuteplayworkshop.com</a>.<br /><br />We can record the readings and the workshops, just like the ten-minute play sessions, but this would be a dedicated group of folks who workshop together once/week&nbsp;for ten weeks. Interested? Let me know. <br /><br />Jen Whiting<br /><a href="mailto:jen@tenminuteplayworkshop.com">jen@tenminuteplayworkshop.com</a>Jen Whitinghttps://plus.google.com/102229451646486962147noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3555280023258660562.post-21401530590713382682013-02-13T19:53:00.002-05:002013-02-13T19:53:38.814-05:00TMPW Session #61: Catherine Weingarten's "Recycling Sexy"First, I hope Catherine changes the title of her piece... because <i>I want that title!</i><br /><i><br /></i>"<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/scripts/weingarten-recycling-sexy.pdf">Recycling Sexy</a>" is a fun, satirical script about unrequited love. We had a full-house workshopping Weingarten's script and the audio recording of it is a hoot! Aaron Sampson, Libba Beachaum and John Gamel joined in the fun of this workshop.<br /><br />My thanks to Catherine for sharing her script (and I'm serious about your title - that is hot!), and to Libba, John and Aaron for workshopping the script with me.<br /><br />You can <a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/audio/Session61.m4a">listen to the audio recording</a> of the session.Jen Whitinghttps://plus.google.com/102229451646486962147noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3555280023258660562.post-30562622040712395572013-02-13T19:40:00.003-05:002013-02-13T19:40:37.506-05:00TMPW Session #60: Jeremy Carey's "Arete"Jeremy Carey's script, "<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/scripts/ARETE-Carey.pdf">Arete</a>," is full of life, conflict and, after the cold read of his script during this session, we all wanted more of it!<br /><br />Libba Beacham, John Gamel and Merv Kaufman joined in the session as we had a blast talking about the difference between making the conflict more focused and remaining a ten-minute play or allowing the multiple threads of conflict to unravel on themselves a bit more (and drawing us deeper into their web) if the script was expanded into a one-act or full-length script.<br /><br />Either way, I loved the dialogue and interactions between the characters in Carey's script and thank Jeremy for sharing his script with us. My thanks also go to Libba, John and Merv for such a poignant workshop session!<br /><br />You can <a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/audio/Session60.m4a">listen to the audio recording</a> of the session.Jen Whitinghttps://plus.google.com/102229451646486962147noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3555280023258660562.post-87139722459940903742013-02-11T18:54:00.002-05:002013-02-11T18:54:18.793-05:00TMPW Session #59: John Byrne's "At The End of The World"John Byrne is at it again!! His latest TMPW script is "<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/scripts/AT%20THE%20END%20OF%20THE%20WORLD%20-%20Byrne.pdf">At The End of The World</a>" and we had a blast workshopping it! I have loved workshopping John's writing (see another of his scripts in <a href="http://www.tenminuteplayworkshop.com/2012/10/session-23-john-byrnes-temptation-of.html">TMPW Session #23</a>), and this script was no exception!<br /><br />This workshop focused on the character development that John has in his script, and we had a strong discussion of the level of conflict between the characters and how to think about solving conflict with... more conflict!<br /><br />Workshopping this script with &nbsp;me were Lori Londagin, Greg Abbott (see his script in <a href="http://www.tenminuteplayworkshop.com/2013/02/tmpw-session-58-greg-abbotts-safety.html">TMPW Workshop #58</a>), and Dara Silverman.<br /><br />You can <a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/audio/Session59.m4a">listen to the audio recording</a> of the session.Jen Whitinghttps://plus.google.com/102229451646486962147noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3555280023258660562.post-30846298905356962702013-02-08T12:16:00.003-05:002013-02-08T12:16:43.421-05:00TMPW Session 58: Greg Abbott's "Safety First"I should probably start by posting a false address and identity. Greg Abbott's script, "<a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/scripts/SAFETY%20FIRST-Abbott.pdf">Safety First</a>," will either get us all tracked down by some agency or the web site shut down for some unknown reason!<br /><br />This script is provocative, political and what it leaves behind after all the words have been spoken is heavy-duty. I know that's a fragment, but I need it to be. I am still feeling the impact of the script, so yes, it's heavy-duty.<br /><br />The workshop was done by John Gamel and me, with Greg reading the stage direction. My facilitator skills were put to the test to keep the workshop about the script and not the politics of the piece; we'll know whether or not I succeeded if indeed the TMPW website stays up for more sessions!<br /><br />This script was originally written for a radio broadcast, and Greg was looking for input about transitioning it to the stage. I recommend reading along with the audio recording, as John and I hadn't rehearsed the timing of the lines, so you'll get the meaning more succinctly if you read the script, too.<br /><br />My thanks to Greg for sharing his amazing script and to John for becoming a true comrade-in-arms and TMPW'ing with me every week!<br /><br />You can <a href="https://dl.dropbox.com/u/65556969/tmpw-spring-2013/audio/Session58.m4a">listen to the audio recoding of the session</a>.Jen Whitinghttps://plus.google.com/102229451646486962147noreply@blogger.com0