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Play/Write

Goat in the Road's ninth annual Play/Write Showcase presents 11 student plays performed by professional actors. Video by Lindsey Phillips.

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ABOUT PLAY/WRITE

Play/Write began in January of 2010 and is inspired by playwriting programs around the country
(WiseWrite in St. Louis, The 52nd Street Project in NYC, the Manton Avenue Project in Providence). 

 Students at St. Mary's Academy in the 2017 - 18 Play/Write program.

Students at St. Mary's Academy in the 2017 - 18 Play/Write program.

The goals of the program are three fold:

1. To create skill and passion for writing.
2. To foster creative thinking.
3. To introduce students to theatre as an art form, and create a lifelong interest in the arts.

GRP’s Play/Write program has two main components:
1. Yearlong playwriting classes during which GRP teaching artists work with fifth and sixth grade students on playwriting and performance. Each student writes many original plays, and chooses one to be edited and expanded into a full length play, which is published by GRP.

2. A performance Showcase featuring 10 student-written plays presented by professional theatre and dance companies at Dillard University's Cook Theatre. There are two performances: one in the daytime when students attend on a field trip, and an evening show that is open to the public.

 Success Preparatory Academy students in the 2016 - 17 program.

Success Preparatory Academy students in the 2016 - 17 program.

 

Play/Write classes have been hosted by seven New Orleans schools:
- Bethune Elementary
- Renew Cultural Arts Academy
St. Mary’s Academy
- Success Preparatory Academy
The International School of Louisiana
- Young Audiences Charter School
- Warren Easton Charter High School

(schools in bold have current Play/Write programs)

Play/Write has been lucky to benefit from the artistic talent of many New Orleans-based theatre companies in the Showcase performances:

American Theatre Project

Amplified Voices

Artspot Production

Ashe Cultural Arts Center

Cripple Creek Theatre

Dancing Grounds

Dillard Players

Intramural Theater

Junebug Productions

KM Dance Project

Last Call

Lux et Umbra

Nari Tomasetti

NEW NOISE

Night Light Collective

Pamela Davis-Noland

Skin Horse Theater

Southern Rep

The NOLA Project

 Dillard Players perform  A Pencil and Eraser Story  by Brycen Punch.

Dillard Players perform A Pencil and Eraser Story by Brycen Punch.

 Intramural Theater performs  The Government  by Bryce Castine.

Intramural Theater performs The Government by Bryce Castine.

 A student from Young Audiences dons a costume for performance time.

A student from Young Audiences dons a costume for performance time.

GRP’s Play/Write curriculum is based on the idea that students learn from doing. It combines theatre activities – games, improvised scenes, students staging short works – with lessons on writing – exploration of dramatic conflict, believable dialogue, and developing a plot map. 

During the 20-week Play/Write residency, each student in the program writes a short play that demonstrates mastery of Common Core writing standards. The teaching artists lead students through the playwriting process: prewriting and drafting, individual and group conferences, revisions, and finally, publication.

In addition to attending the Showcase at the end of the program, each student receives a bound copy of his/her very own play, typed, formatted and printed in professional script format.

Please contact Shannon at shannon@goatintheroadproductions.org for more information about Play/Write.

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2018 - 19

Stay tuned for info on this year's program!

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PRESS

"Kids' Words Take the Stage with Goat in the Road Productions", Mary Rickard, NolaVie, May 24, 2018

"Goat in the Road and Play/Write", Rob Florence, The Dramatist, June 4, 2017

"Goat in the Road and Dillard University introduce young playwrights", Sue Strachan, www.nola.com, May 17, 2017

"Acting Up in the Play/Write Showcase", Sue Strachan, The Times Picayune, May 16, 2015

"Students in Goat in the Road's Play/Write Showcase Speak Up", Chelsea Lee, NolaVie, May 6, 2015

"Pros Perform Student Works", Katie Walenter, The Advocate, June 5, 2013

Students Bring Work to Life Through Theater“, Leigh Ann Stuart, Times Picayune, May 27, 2012

GRP’s ‘Play/Write’ Puts Student Writers in Spotlight“, Francesca McKenzie, Cripple Creek Theatre Co. Blog, May 7, 2012

 

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PLAY/WRITES OF THE PAST

The 2018 Play/Write Showcase took place on
Monday, May 14 at 7 pm at Dillard University's Cook Theatre.
 

11 STUDENT PLAYS FROM
St. Mary's Academy
Success Preparatory Academy
The International School of Louisiana
Young Audiences Charter School
 

PRESENTED BY
Dancing Grounds
Dillard Players Guild
Intramural Theater
KM Dance Project
Nari Tomasetti
Southern Rep

Photos by Josh Brasted.

Enjoy these pictures from Showcases from 2012 - 17! Previous years' Showcases would not have been possible without the dedication and artistry of all the producing theatre companies:

American Theatre Project
Artspot Productions
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
Cripple Creek Theatre
Dancing Grounds
Dillard University Theatre
Intramural Theatre
Junebug Productions
KM Dance Project
Last Call
Lux et Umbra
Nari Tomasetti
NEW NOISE
Night Light Collective
Pamela Davis-Noland
Skin Horse Theater
Southern Rep
The NOLA Project

Photos from Showcase 2012 - 2014 at Dillard University's Cook Theatre taken by Jess Pinkham.

Photos from Play 2015 - 2017 were taken by Joshua Brasted.

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