The Salon is evolving into a more comprehensive playwrights’ center, and we’d like your input. We started in October 2016 with the offer of a monthly stage for playwrights to present work in development. After we solicited and selected the scripts we agreed were ready for a public staged reading, the playwright was on his/her own to cast and stage the reading. We sent out publicity, set up the (donated) theatre space, and conducted the talk-backs. After eighteen months, we noted a couple of things.
One, many emerging playwrights needed help to find actors and directors for their shows. Two, playwrights were eager for script critique, and for playwriting classes, and did not know where to find these (affordable) resources. Three, many playwrights wanted to be in supportive, challenging groups with other playwrights, but didn’t know where to find others. Four, most playwrights who submitted their work to the Salon were not MFA grads, and hadn’t taken many, if any, classes or seminars.
We listened. Starting in September 2018, we employ a director for each staged reading; the director casts the show, and we pay the actors a stipend for their work. The playwright is involved in the rehearsal process. We now also provide a high-level critique for all those who submit work to the Salon. It’s a start!
Now we’d like to hear directly from playwrights. What can we give you that you need/want most? We’re planning for 2019 NOW. Answer our quick survey, and let us know. Vote for the change (or simply the playwright resources) you want to see in the world.