*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Playwriting: What it Takes to Make a Play Out of a Story

The thrust of the course will be to explore the basic building blocks of a theater creation. The goal is to get each of you to begin (or finish) writing a play inspired by a story that you want to tell. (Or you can come with an already written draft of a play to work on.) Each of your plays will get individualized developmental work: you will read aloud to the group; you will talk about the story you want to tell; and we will discuss ways to achieve your goals. Then you'll go home and keep writing. I want you to tell the story you want and find how to make it work in a theater.
Note: This course does not meet Monday, November 20.

Instructor Bio:

Peter Coy has worked as director and playwright, directing 50 productions and writing over 40 plays including: A House in the Country (Charter Theatre, DC - Helen Hayes Award; Barter Theatre, Abingdon, VA); Poe and All That Jazz (DC Fringe); A Shadow of Honor (Keegan Theatre, DC); Imaginary Letters: Mozart Remembered (Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival); Gabriel (Virginia Commission for the Arts playwriting grant). He was co-artistic director of the Hamner Theater.

Required Reading:

Computer/internet (the ablity to send me, in digital form, what you write)

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B03 Peter Coy Oct 30, Nov 6, 13, 27, Dec 4, 11 Mo 10:00-11:30 a.m. OLLI Conference Room WL

Return to Courses