Times Staff Report
October 9, 2012
PRESTONSBURG — Eastern Kentucky playwrights are invited to attend the Kentucky Playwrights Workshop at Jenny Wiley Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 14, from 2 to 5 p.m. Participation is free and interested persons are encouraged to bring their scripts for evaluation or simply join the lively discussion.
“Much of our meeting time is devoted to letting our writers hear portions of their works read aloud,” explained KPW president, Bill McCann. “Afterwards, we give the playwrights suggestions on how to improve their work.”
KPW meets 10 times a year in various parts of the state. It is a 501(c) non-profit and is open to any Kentuckian interested in the development of new works for the stage. KPW and the Kentucky Theatre Association sponsor the annual Kentucky New Play Series at the Kentucky State Fair. KPW is also initiating its first annual playwrights conference to be held at Shakertown on April 5 and 6. Nationally renowned playwright, Arlene Hutton (Nibroc Trilogy, As It Is In Heaven) will be the featured guest.
KPW also announced that a new play, “Gene Pool,” by Prestonsburg native Heather Branham was featured Sept. 8 at Berea Arena Theater. The Jenny Wiley Theatre actor and director was one of seven writers chosen by KPW as winners of its spring playwriting contest. Branham was in good company with regional and nationally recognized playwrights such as Elizabeth Orndorff.
Also to be present at the October meeting, Dramatist Guild member, Bill Forsyth will be providing information about America’s largest playwright’s organization. He will also answer questions about the Kentucky Theatre Association and national and regional playwriting contests open to Kentucky residents.
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