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: November 13, 2018

Mysteries of the Unknown (an analog comedy)

by Kristen Palmer

In the year 2000, in New York City, Suze and Charlie answer phones at the TimeLife Books office. They fill orders for CD sets and process requests for books of general knowledge. They are being phased out. A new digital age is on the horizon.

All the rules have changed and yet, the cute white guy always ends up winning. 

A comedy about privilege in a world before smart phones.

 

About the Playwright

KRISTEN PALMER'S plays include ONCE UPON A BRIDE THERE WAS A FOREST, THINGS YOU CAN DO, LOCAL STORY, DEPARTURES, and ALL THE GIRLS LOVE BOBBY KENNEDY.  Her writing has been produced and/or developed by Soho Rep, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Women’s Project/WP Theater, New Georges, Capital Rep, FLUX Ensemble, The Brick, Live Girls! Theater, and Circle X among others. Awards include a Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights Center, the Goldberg and Zarkower Prizes at Hunter College, and a CT State Artist Award. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College, an MA from the Gallatin School at NYU, a BA from Bretton Hall College of the University of Leeds, and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.  kristenpalmerplaywright.com


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 25, 2018

Nov 13, 2018

Jan 29, 2019

March 5, 2019

April 30, 2019

July 9, 2019

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