The Bay Area has one of the hottest new play scenes in the country, and we're not afraid of showing off. The Playwright Cabaret is a new event at the Annual Conference that says, "Wilkommen, Bienvenue!" to all local writers interested in showing their work. There's nothing too rough, too challenging, or too strange for this showcase – bring it and sing it, you mad genius, you!
Photo: "Burn After Reading" by Stuart Crawford on Flickr. Used under Creative Commons license.
The Annual Conference is on April 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Playwright Cabaret will run from 12:45-4:45 p.m. in the new Berkeley Rep bar, which has a divine little postage-stamp stage ideal for intimate readings. Participating writers must provide all actors (there's no limit on cast size, but space limitations/safety/sanity suggest a max of six bodies onstage). Writers must also field a production assistant to read stage directions (this is important, seriously), and bring enough printed copies of the script for your cabaret team. There will be no printer or copier available onsite. Special note to writers: you are heartily encouraged to watch the reading rather than participate as a reader, in order to take full advantage of the presence of a live audience watching your work.
Each writer and team will get exactly 30 minutes' worth of stage time: five minutes to enter and set up, 20 minutes to read, and five minutes to clear the stage completely for the next team. These times are not flexible, out of respect for all participating cabaret teams, and our fabulous conference staff will be present to keep the stage running on time. So avoid stage fail by drilling your entrance and exit with your cast and timing your selection before the big day!
Interested writers should email Laura Brueckner. We hope to accommodate all writers who apply, and will accept applications until all slots are filled. In the event that there are more folks than slots by April 10, we'll roll like the General Auditions and select by lottery. Playwrights will receive a 50% discount on their conference registration fees. All writers, selected or not, will be notified by 6 p.m. on April 10.