By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News
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PORT TOWNSEND — Two playwriting workshops — one free and introductory, the other intensive with a fee — will take place next weekend as part of the Port Townsend Festival of New Plays, aka PlayFest.
Playwright and Rutgers University instructor Richard Dresser, whom Key City Public Theatre is bringing to town as the festival's guest artist, will teach the workshops at the Pope Marine Building, Water and Madison streets downtown.
First comes the free, public workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15. This class “is aimed at unleashing the imagination of aspiring writers,” Dresser said.
“The only requirements are a desire to write and a willingness to take chances.”
The second workshop, an intensive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16, is aimed at playwrights who want to go to the next level. The fee is $75 for the workshop, which will include writing exercises, critiques and a discussion of the practical aspects of working as a playwright. Scholarships are available from Key City Public Theatre.
Playwrights may choose to buy the PlayFest Writer's Pass, which includes Sunday's workshop as well as access to all festival events, for $95.
Both classes require participants to sign up in advance by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 360-379-0195. Details about the plays and other events during the festival are available.
PORT TOWNSEND — The first weekend of the Port Townsend Festival of New Plays, or PlayFest, has arrived, bringing a fresh set of one-act plays by local writers and a performance of monologues written by women around the world.
PlayFest, a Key City Public Theatre event in its 18th year, was formerly known as the Playwrights' Festival. New this year is Locals Weekend, when full productions of three one-act plays will come to the stage at 7:30 tonight and Saturday night and at 2:30 p.m. this Sunday at the Key City Playhouse, 419 Washington St.
Tickets are $15, and the plays are “Somebodies & Sylvia,” Deborah Daline's story of two women tackling the indignities of aging; “It's Just Coffee,” a dating-from-cyberspace tale by Henry Feldman; and “Field Guide,” D.D. Wigley's story of two 12-year-olds engaging in target practice in the woods.
Anything could happen out there, much like in live theater.
Saturday afternoon brings “Here, There and Everywhere,” Key City Public Theatre's sixth annual tribute to women playwrights. The 2:30 p.m. matinee, a celebration of International Women's Day, features readings such as “Honeypot” by London writer Julia Pascal and “Recycling” by Molly Best Tinsley of Oregon.
Tickets are $10 to “Here.” And for those who can't make it this Saturday, two more chances to see it will come at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 14, and 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15.
PlayFest also promises post-play discussions, workshops and an evening with guest artist Richard Dresser, an acclaimed playwright and Rutgers University instructor, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 14. Tickets are $20 and include a Dresser's play “One Hundred Years.”
For a festival calendar and abundant details about performances and other activities, see PlayFest.org. Tickets and information are also available at 360-385-KCPT (5278).