PLAYWRIGHTS ON PARK Reading Series

is an exciting artistic endeavor for Playhouse on Park. Our mission is to develop and produce original plays and musicals, to foster emerging and established playwrights, and to become a leader in new play development. We aim to help establish the Greater Hartford Area as a premiere destination for the cultivation and exploration of innovative theatrical work.

A reading of a new play by professional actors; a talk back following the reading with with the playwright, the cast and the director; and opportunity for audiences members to complete a response card pertaining to the play/musical.


Next Reading:
April 24, 2018

MIRANDA FROM STORMVILLE

by Adam Bertocci

Miranda from Stormville is Shakespeare’s The Tempest loosely retold in a small town in the wilds of New Jersey. Miranda Milano is young and trapped in the middle of nowhere, caring for her protective father in his state of slow mental decline. When a violent storm brings soft-hearted Will Ferdinand to her doorstep, what they share in their few hours together will change both their lives forever.

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About the Playwright

ADAM BERTOCCI is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. His work has been praised by Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, The New Republic, GQ, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Back Stage, Broadway World, E!, Maxim, IGN, Wired, Film Threat and more. His first play was the worldwide viral sensation Two Gentlemen of Lebowski, now published by Simon & Schuster, which received acclaim from the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Folger Shakespeare Library; AOL Pop Eater hailed Bertocci as “a Shakespeare adaptation expert”. Miranda from Stormville marks his debut as a dramatic playwright and his long-awaited return to the work of the Bard.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

We will accept year-round submissions for the Playwrights on Park Reading Series. Throughout each season, there will a presentation of the selected works. The plays will receive a cast of professional actors and a director and will be presented as a staged reading for a public audience. After the reading, a moderated audience discussion with the actors, the director, and most importantly, the playwright, will give both the Playhouse on Park and the playwright constructive feedback to further develop the playwright's vision for the play.

HOW DO I SUBMIT A PLAY?

Playwrights on Park seeks to unveil the best new material from playwrights across the country. Submitted plays will be considered for our Playwrights on Park Reading Series. Most importantly it is intended as an experience for both the playwright and our audience. There are only a limited number of readings per season. As the playwright is the focus of our reading series, selected playwrights must be available to come to the Playhouse on Park for the staged reading of the play and the audience discussion that follows. The presence of the playwright is the cornerstone of Playwrights on Park reading series. We are happy to consider your play, provided you submit according to these guidelines: Please submit a FULL script and character breakdown (Please submit in PDF format).

  • Playwrights may submit their plays through a literary agent.
  • Playwrights who are not represented may submit their plays as well.
  • For musicals please submit the music on a CD or by mp3.
  • Include any production or workshop history, as well as biographies of the playwright, and any collaborators
  • Connecticut-based playwrights are strongly encouraged to submit
Electronic submissions are preferred but hardcopy can be mailed to: Sasha Brätt at the address above. Materials will be reviewed by our Literary Manager, as well as our Literary Committee. Plays recommended by this committee may be included in our Playwrights on Park Reading Series. Playwrights will receive a confirmation of receipt within a week of submission. Playwrights may also expect a response from the Literary Manager as to whether or not the play will be considered for the Playwrights on Park Reading Series within 2-4 months, after the play is reviewed by the Literary Committee in the order it was received.
Season 9 Playwrights On Park Dates

Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m
General Adm: $10


Sept 26, 2017

WHAT SCREAMS I HEAR ARE MINE
By Annalise Cain

Nov 7, 2017
DOG WHISTLE
By Michael Kimmel

Jan 23, 2018
ANATOMY OF LOVE
by Ted Malawer

Feb 27, 2018
WHEN COLOSSUS FALLS
By Eugenie Carabatsos

April 24, 2018
MIRANDA FROM STORMVILLE
By Adam Bertocci

June 26, 2018
TBD

Prior Plays That Have Been Presented:

This Living Hand by Richard Vetere
Collision by Dustin Sullivan
Kunstler by Jeffrey Sweet
What It Takes by Jack Rushen
Let It Come Down by Eve Lederman
Something Quiet by Gabriel Jason Dean
Super, or, How Clark Graves Learned to Fly
by Gina Femia

Honey LaBrea - The Lonely Thetan
by Jacques Lamarre
Community by Stephen Kaplan

Contact:
Sasha Brätt, Literary Manager