Pulitzer Prize winner to teach at White Pines

June 2, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Doug Wright, author of I Am My Own Wife, to lead weekend intensive

From June 15th through June 17th, internationally produced playwright and screenwriter Doug Wright will lead Writing for the Stage at the White Pines Place in Elkins Park, PA. “These weekends are meant to offer local artists a unique opportunity to better themselves by working with master teachers on focused topics and disciplines,” says White Pines’ Executive Director Benjamin Lloyd. “We are thrilled to be hosting such a great collection of teachers!”

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Doug Wright was most recently represented on Broadway by the musical War Paint, starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, which played at the Nederlander Theater.  His earlier plays include I Am My Own Wife (Tony Award, Pulitzer Prize), Posterity, and Quills (Obie Award), as well as books for the musicals Grey Gardens (Tony Nomination), The Little Mermaid and Hands on A Hardbody. (Drama Desk Nomination).  He adapted and directed August Strindberg’s Creditors for the La Jolla Playhouse in 2009.  Films include the screen adaptation of Quills (Paul Selvin Award, WGA) and production rewrites for director Rob Marshall, Steven Spielberg and others.  Acting credits include two appearances on Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and the films Little Manhattan and Two Lovers.   He is president of The Dramatists Guild and on the Board of The New York Theater Workshop.  He has received grants from United States Artists and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and is a graduate of Yale University (BA) and New York University (MFA).   He has been a frequent guest at Yaddo and the MacDowell Art Colonies, and has taught or guest lectured at the Yale Drama School, Princeton University, Julliard and NYU.

“I am thrilled to be supporting Ben and White Pines, and excited to meet all the budding writers at the weekend intensive!” said Wright. The weekend intensives will generally run Friday nights, and then during the day Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $250 per person and can be paid in full, or on an installment plan. Discounts are offered for those taking more than one weekend. 

More information and registration can be found at 

http://www.whitepinesproductions.org/summer-intensives

Contact:

Benjamin Lloyd, Executive Director White Pines Productions

877-674-8338

discover.wpp@gmail.com

 

IMPROVAPALOOZA!

Five shows in four weeks? It's an . . . 

IMPROVAPALOOZA!

Bright Invention

Bright Invention

Call it spring fever, call it tomfoolery, call it what you will - White Pines is presenting five improv show in four weeks, featuring three brand new shows! 

Boden and Lloyd

Boden and Lloyd

And we have a challenge for our massive audience: anyone who sees all five shows gets into all remaining White Pines improv shows FREE for the rest of 2018! 

Improvapalooza you say?

  1. Friday May 4th, 8 pm, Boys vs. Girls. Common Space, 25 Rittenhouse Place, Ardmore PA 19003.Calling the Main Line! It's our newest show at our newest venue! Tickets click here. 
  2. Saturday May 5th, 8 pm, Boys vs. Girls. White Pines Place, 7908 High School Road, Elkins Park PA 19027. It's always better the second time! Tickets click here. 
  3. Friday May 18th, 8 pm, The Deep End. White Pines Place, 7908 High School Road, Elkins Park PA 19027. Boden and Lloyd return for their wild and woolly two-hander! Tickets click here.
  4. Thursday May 24th, 8 pm, In The Round. Calvary Methodist Church, 801 S 48th St, Philadelphia PA 19143. Our final West Philly show! Tickets click here.
  5. Friday June 1st, 8 pm, As Yet Untitled Improv. White Pines Place, 7908 High School Road, Elkins Park PA 19027. PHIT improv star Kristen Schier and Bright Invention Artistic Director Benjamin Lloyd create a show so new, so daring, it doesn't have a name yet! Tickets click here.

White Pines Summer Weekend Intensives

Doug Wright

Doug Wright

Beginning June 15th, 2018 White Pines will offer seven consecutive weekends of extraordinary training in focused topics for Philadelphia-area artists. Leading off the series will be Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright, who will offer Writing for the Stage the weekend of June 15th. Mr. Wright is the author of I Am My Own Wife (2004 Tony Award Best Play, Best Direction; 2004 Pulitzer Prize, Drama), Quills, and most recently War Paint. Other master teachers include Michael Latini, co-founder of Monkey Boys Productions, who will lead Puppetry in Performance; and Peter Danzig, Executive Director of Theatrical Trainer who will offer Holistic Wellness for the Creative Artist.

“These weekends are meant to offer local artists a unique opportunity to better themselves by working with master teachers on focused topics and disciplines,” says White Pines’ Executive Director Benjamin Lloyd. “We are thrilled to be hosting such a great collection of teachers!”

Michael Latini

Michael Latini

The weekend intensives will generally run Friday nights, and then during the day Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $250 per person and can be paid in full, or on an installment plan. Discounts are offered for those taking more than one weekend. Registration will be online shortly at the White Pines website.

Schedule:

  • June 15: Doug Wright, Writing for the Stage
  • June 22: Peter Danzig, Holistic Wellness for the Artist
  • June 29: Barbara Dilley, This Very Moment
  • July 6: Benjamin Lloyd, The Acting Teacher's Workshop
  • July 13: Christianne Kapps, Adulting with Money
  • July 20: Michael Latini, Puppetry in Performance
  • July 27: Dani Bryant, Devising with Consent

Improv is the Future of Theatre: panel discussion. Our report!

On Saturday February 17th, Bright Invention Artistic Director Benjamin Lloyd joined an illustrious panel of Philadelphia improvisers and theater artists at Phildelphia theatre Company, to discuss Philadelphia's improv scene, and reflect on the role improv has to play in the future of the performing arts in America. The Panel included Bobbi Block, Artistic Director of Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theatre; Scott Greer, Philadelphia actor; Dave Jadico, Artistic Director of Comedy Sportz; Tara Demmy, teacher at PHIT; and Nick Gillette Artistic Director of Almanac Theater. The panel was moderated by noted Philadelphia theatre critic Mark Cofta. About 50 people were in the audience. Bright Invention, Tongue & Groove and Philadelphia Theatre Company co-hosted the event, which was part of Philly Theatre Week. 

Over the course of an hour, the panel discussed such themes as the differences between scripted and unscripted theater, the experience of the audience at an improv shows, differences between kinds of improv, how improv is used in other theatrical forms (like devised theater), and the effect improv has on performers, audience and students. 

During the Q&A several audience members asked about techniques used by improvisers, and about the future viability of both scripted and unscripted theater in America, from an economic point of view. One woman came from New York state for the panel - and spoke movingly about the transformative effect improv has on her teenaged students. Another young person spoke about the way improv forces actors to abandon the narcissism sometimes ingrained in young actors. 

Watch out for more events in the future bringing Philly's awesome improv community together! 

You can view a video of the panel here:

And here's a slide show:

New portraits and pictures of Bright Invention!

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White Pines has entered into an agreement with Kim Carson Photography, in which Kim gets to use our space at no charge as an indoor studio, and in exchange takes pictures of White Pines events and Bright Invention shows and rehearsals.

Here's what one happy client said about working with Kim: "Taking photos with Kim is a joy. She immediately makes you feel at ease from the moment she says hello, making the experience comfortable and laid back. I didn't even feel like she was taking my picture, which is a feat considering how nerve-wracking being in front of a camera can be." - Luigi Sottile: actor. We couldn’t agree more!

Kim came to rehearsal January 22nd and took pictures of Bright Invention. Check them out!