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As soon as you finish your last line of dialogue, the need for rewrites begins. This 10-week class will help you tackle the revision process

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As soon as you finish your last line of dialogue, the need for rewrites begins. This 10-week class will help you tackle the revision process and develop a stronger version of your play.


This class might be for you if you:

  • Have a fully completed draft of a full-length play and you are ready to begin rewrites. (If you are unsure if your play fits the parameters of this class, please contact us!)
  • Want to be challenged in a classroom environment that is run like a professional playwriting workshop.
  • Are a new or returning Primary Stages ESPA writer.

In this class you will:

  • Start by articulating and addressing your goals for this new draft.
  • Present longer chunks of text (20-30 pages) every other week.
    Use the July break as a retreat for yourself, focusing on larger rewrites of your play.
  • Receive feedback and response to your work is from the group, filtered through a series of prompts given by Crystal.
  • Complete writing exercises to inspire you to ask new questions of your play, look at it from various angles, and deconstruct it.

By the end of this class you will:

  • Have a stronger draft of your play.
  • Be adept at giving and receiving useful feedback to work that is in-process.
  • Have the tools you need to transform any first draft into a more streamlined, compelling work that’s ready to be heard.
  • Be ready to apply for The Second Draft.

Suzanne Bradbeer (February 23 - May 10)

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Once enrolled in the class with a finished draft, Suzanne strongly recommends that you refrain from looking at your play until the first session on February 23. It is invaluable to take a break before leaping back into your story. So use the time to go to museums, hear live music, discover a new part of the city, read, work on another project, go to a sporting event… Then in the first class, you will do exercises to launch the rewriting process with the central exercise dedicated to articulating and addressing your goals for this new draft. The second and third weeks will be focused on meeting deadlines of 10 pages per week, brought into the class and read aloud with parts assigned to fellow classmates. Starting on week four, you will present longer sections of text (20-30 pages) every other week. Each class will begin with a short ‘debrief’: a timed drawing exercise geared to putting aside the events of the day – the delayed subway, the latest political outrage, what we had for lunch – so you can collectively clear your minds to the subject at hand, which is the ongoing revelation of your stories. In presenting your work, you will receive feedback and response from the group, as moderated by Suzanne. There will be writing exercises assigned as homework or in-class, depending on the needs of the group and/or the individual writer.

Class Starting Wednesday, February 19

11 sessions

  • Wednesday, February 19, 7:00PM- 10:00PM
  • Wednesday, February 26, 7:00PM- 10:00PM
  • Wednesday, March 04, 7:00PM- 10:00PM
  • Wednesday, March 11, 7:00PM- 10:00PM
  • Wednesday, March 18, 7:00PM- 10:00PM
  • Wednesday, April 01, 7:00PM- 10:00PM
  • Wednesday, April 15, 7:00PM- 10:00PM
  • Wednesday, April 22, 7:00PM- 10:00PM
  • Wednesday, April 29, 7:00PM- 10:00PM
  • Wednesday, May 13, 7:00PM- 10:00PM
  • Wednesday, May 20, 7:00PM- 10:00PM

Class Starting Sunday, February 23

11 sessions

  • Sunday, February 23, 2:30PM- 5:30PM
  • Sunday, March 01, 2:30PM- 5:30PM
  • Sunday, March 08, 2:30PM- 5:30PM
  • Sunday, March 15, 2:30PM- 5:30PM
  • Sunday, March 22, 2:30PM- 5:30PM
  • Sunday, March 29, 2:30PM- 5:30PM
  • Sunday, April 19, 2:30PM- 5:30PM
  • Sunday, April 26, 2:30PM- 5:30PM
  • Sunday, May 03, 2:30PM- 5:30PM
  • Sunday, May 10, 2:30PM- 5:30PM

This is a 10-session class; no class date will be confirmed by the instructor

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