People, Places & Things
Plays are not about people talking — even though scripts make it look that way. They’re about human beings colliding in three dimensions. Learn how placing your characters in specific environments, dealing with tangible objects, can heighten conflict, reveal metaphor, and breathe life into your scene writing. Award-winning playwright Michael Hollinger uses examples from both classic and contemporary works (including his new play Sing the Body Electric, now receiving its world premiere at Theatre Exile) to guide students through a variety of writing exercises designed to generate scenes that are vibrant, theatrical, meaningful, and fun for actors to perform.
Workshop Location: The Latvian Society, 531 N. 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123
$35 for the workshop or $60* for the workshop and Saturday, April 28, 8pm performance of Sing the Body Electric (these will be charged and acknowledged separately)
*an additional $3 service charge will be added on to each Sing the Body Electric ticket
About Michael Hollinger
Michael Hollinger is the author of Opus, Under the Skin, Ghost-Writer, Tooth and Claw, Red Herring, Incorruptible, and An Empty Plate in the Café Du Grand Boeuf, all of which premiered at Arden Theatre Company and have been subsequently produced around the country, in New York City, London, Paris, Tokyo, Athens, and elsewhere in Europe. His new translation of Cyrano (co-adapted with Aaron Posner) premiered at Washington’s Folger Theatre; A Wonderful Noise (co-authored with Vance Lehmkuhl) premiered at Creede Rep. Earlier this season, his new musical TouchTones premiered at the Arden; Hope and Gravity is receiving its Philadelphia premiere at 1812 Productions concurrently with Sing the Body Electric. Michael’s awards include an ATCA/Steinberg New Play Citation, an L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award, a Mid-Atlantic Emmy, four Barrymore Awards, nominations for Lucille Lortel and John Gassner awards, and multiple fellowships from the Independence Foundation and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He is a Professor of Theatre at Villanova University and Artistic Director of Villanova Theatre.