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Essentials 2: Strengthen the Core

  • 03 Apr 2018
  • 01 May 2018
  • 5 sessions
  • 03 Apr 2018, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 10 Apr 2018, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 17 Apr 2018, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 24 Apr 2018, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 01 May 2018, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Chicago Dramatists, Library
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Essentials 2: Strengthen the Core                                                    
Instructor: Resident Playwright Marsha Estell

Prerequisite: Essentials 1: The Core, Essentials Bootcamp, or permission of instructor.

The second in our three-class Essentials series, Essentials 2 is about the process rather than the product. You will write a short play every week in order to unleash your creativity and incorporate the core principles taught in Essentials 1 into your writing muscle memory. You will also refine your ability to give and receive notes with your fellow playwrights in a way that helps all of you reach the next level in your development as writers.

This class will culminate in a public staged reading of students’ short plays, with professional actors and directors, in Chicago Dramatists’ theater on TBD (shared production costs included in class price). Students should be prepared to set aside two days for rehearsal. 

For the first day of class, bring in a new 4-page scene with a full arc. This scene must have at least one onstage manifestation of choice that is negotiated over throughout the scene. Make sure you think about the core principles when writing this scene.

Sessions/Weekday 5 Tuesdays, plus a final presentation with 2 hours of rehearsal the previous weekend
Start/End Date April 3 - May 1. Dates of rehearsal and final presentation TBD
Time Slots 6:30pm - 9:30pm


About the Essentials Track

The Essentials track is designed to provide playwrights with a solid foundation for their dramatic writing efforts. It consists of three courses:

  • Essentials 1 - The Core
  • Essentials 2 - Strengthening the Core
  • Essentials 3 - The Journey

Each course is designed to build on its predecessor, thereby providing participants with a holistic view of writing for the stage that will inspire them and elevate their dramatic writing technique.

Essentials 1 is a prerequisite for Essentials 2, which in turn is a prerequisite for Essentials 3.

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