Playwright's conference set for Saturday

September 04, 1991|By Winifred Walsh | Winifred Walsh,Evening Sun Staff

An opportunity for area playwrights of all experience levels to learn about the money-making aspects of their craft will be provided at the Seventh Annual Playwrights' Conference being held on Sept. 7 at Catholic University's Hartke Theatre in Washington.

Sponsored by the Playwrights' Forum of Washington, D.C. the conference will conduct workshops on writing techniques of the short play, the one-act play, the screen script, musical theater and young people's theater. The final workshop will center on the playwright-in-residence programs.

"The conference has become a tradition," said Ernie Joselovitz, a professional playwright and administrator for the event. "This year our prominent guests will include David LeVine, executive director of New York's Dramatists Guild, whose subject will be 'The Playwright as Money-Maker.' "

Also present will be playwrights Mary Hall Surface, Bruce Graham, Louis Lippa and Roy Barber. Also, Mark Stein, who has just completed work on a new Steve Martin movie, will talk about the playwright turned screenwriter.

According to Joselovitz, theater representatives from all over the Mid-Atlantic region are scheduled to discuss options open for the new playwright.

One of the main concerns of the festival is to balance the business side and craft side of playwriting. "There will be demonstrations and panel discussions covering both areas," said Joselovitz.

Hours for the conference are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fee is $15 advance registration or $20 at the door. For registration and details on workshops and special guests, call Ernie Joselovitz at (301) 816-0569.

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