Three plays opening, running and closing over the course of two weeks was the task that Chautauqua Theater Company’s design fellows found themselves dealing with from July 21 to 31. They served as head designers for the three new plays in CTC’s New Play Workshop Festival.
The idea of intellectual property will be the topic of discussion at Chautauqua Theater Company’s “The World Onstage: How Creative Property is Carved Out” at 12:45 p.m. Saturday at the Brawdy Theater Studios. This event, which is the last of the three “The World Onstage” events, will focus on playwright Molly Smith Metzler’s “Carve,” which also is the last of the three plays to be performed in the New Play Workshop Festival.
Most of the time, audiences flock to theaters to see a finished production of a play. In the case of the Chautauqua Theater Company’s 2011 New Play Workshop Festival, however, audiences are flocking to see works in progress.
Terms like codebase, FTP, digital wall and level design will be defined for guests today at the second event in the New Play Workshop Festival series “The World Onstage.” Today’s event will focus on the second new play in the festival, Michael Golamco’s “Build,” and is titled “The World Onstage: The Building Blocks of Gaming.”
Theater can often focus on issues that audience members confront in their own lives, whether it be love, religion or even education. The three new plays in Chautauqua Theater Company’s 2011 New Play Workshop Festival provide such connections, and in an effort to dig even deeper, CTC has established a supplemental series called “The World Onstage.”
Playwright Michael Mitnick sat down at his kitchen table late one evening in September 2009 to experiment with a few pages of a play he intended to use as his senior thesis. He finished the next morning with the entire first act of what would later become “Elijah” and would earn him a place in Chautauqua Theater Company’s 2011 New Play Workshop Festival.
The play opens at 8 p.m. tonight in Bratton Theater as the first of three new plays making their debut in this season’s festival.
Along with performing finished Anton Chekhov and William Shakespeare productions, Chautauqua Theater Company keeps busy taking an active role in new play development. This will be evident beginning July 21 with the start of the New Play Workshop Festival.