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ArtTalk – Writing for the Theater
Winning playwrights of the 3rd Annual Juried Emerging Playwright Competition will share their thoughts on writing for the theater with host Laura Womack. Playwrights Adam Richter, Jim Moss and Jeff Stolzer will share the mic. One of our judges, John Augustine, will join the conversation. Tune in to hear the techniques, passions, frustrations and more of the inner world of playwriting up close and personal from award-winning writers.
John Augustine's plays have been produced in New York City at The Zipper, HERE, Naked Angels, All Season's Theatre Group, Expanded Arts, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Miranda Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club and 59E59 Theaters.
His anthology of 20 short plays, Augustine’s Confessions, is published by Playscripts.com. He is also published in the short play anthologies Take Ten and The Best American Short Plays of 1993-94. His play PeopleSpeak is published in Shorter, Faster, Funnier. The New York Times wrote of this play, “PeopleSpeak” (is) a witty and acerbic play that is the best of the Summer Shorts festival.” He and playwright Willy Conley were commissioned by the National Theatre of the Deaf to write OH! FIGARO!, which toured the United States. For television, Mr. Augustine wrote for the Fox TV show Titus and for Encore! Encore! with Nathan Lane and Joan Plowright. He has taught playwriting at Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, The 42nd Street Collective and Playwrights Horizons Theatre School. He is a Revson Fellow in Playwriting, and a member of The Writers Guild of America, The Dramatists Guild, SAG and AEA.
Some acting credits include the Young Playwrights Festival at Playwrights Horizons, Mac Wellman’s satire on government censorship, “SEVEN BLOWJOBS” at Soho Rep, Heather McKutcheon’s WALK ON LAKE ERIE at HOME; and the original productions of Christopher Durang’s NAOMI IN THE LIVING ROOM at Home for Contemporary Theatre, and Bill Russell’s ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS & RAGING QUEENS. He is half of “Dawne” in the satiric nightclub act CHRIS DURANG AND DAWNE, which has played at the Criterion Center, Caroline’s Comedy Club, Williamstown Summer Cabaret, and the Triad, winning a 1996 Bistro Award.
Laura hosted her own syndicated show in Virginia before joining WAMU in Washington, D.C., where she also contributed to NPR. Laura became involved in the arts while living in Singapore, where she worked as a docent and developed an interest in textiles. Today, Laura is a weaver and president of the Phillips’ Mill Community Association.