Friday, July 6, 2012

JAW 2012: A Playwright's Festival

I am delighted and excited for the upcoming JAW Festival at Portland Center Stage.

JAW focuses on the playwright and on new work and last year was my first time experiencing the festival.  It was fantastic. And the admission is free.  So it's a theater-lovers dream!

And this year...well, my friends, this year, I am privileged to be a part of the festival.

To kick off the festivities, there will be the Made in Oregon Festival where 8 Oregon playwrights (including myself) were commissioned to write a short play based on the theme Just Add Water (JAW). That event takes place at 8pm on Thursday, July 26th.  If you're in town, come on down to the Gerding Theatre.  It's going to be a real treat to see what these 8 playwrights have concocted!

And then, for the remainder of the weekend, from Friday, July 27th through Sunday, July 29th, there will be readings of  six brand new full-length plays by some amazing playwrights.  Click here for the full schedule of readings.  

There will also be plays written by the Promising Playwrights.  These are high school students who participated in the Visions and Voices program through PCS (which was taught by the fantastic Matt Zrebski and myself).  These short plays written by these extraordinary young writers will be featured prior to some of the full-length readings.

Be sure to check out this terrific festival if you're in Portland July 26th through July 29th.  I'll be there.  Come say hello!


James said...

There she goes again! Brava, Deb! Brava!

Evie said...

Oh man, this sounds fantastic. I want to go! Maybe I'll have to come up to Portland just for this weekend!
Congrats on being in such a prestigious festival Debbie!

Anonymous said...

Portland sounds like a great theater town.

Kathryn said...

I'm very excited for this festival! And can't wait to see your piece.

MikeB said...

I'd love to be there, but unfortunately I can't come. Maybe some day I will get to Portland.

MikeB said...

Lots of disruptions in my life lately have delayed a hoped for trip to Portland: Family illnesses; out of the blue need for surgery of a family member; sudden death of another family member. Summer and part of autumn has come and gone, and Portland seems so far away. Maybe someday.