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What often holds playwrights back is that they rarely consider the person who will buy and produce their product: the producer. With all the work, hope and sweat they invest in considering character, theme and plot, playwrights rarely take into account produceability. PRACTICAL PLAYWRITING: HOW TO WRITE FOR COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION, A One-Day Intensive for Writers will be taught by Diana Amsterdam of The Drama Centre, TRU’s new Program Director for Playwrights. The workshop takes place on Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 10am-4pm at The Players Theatre, Room 3C, 115 MacDougal Street (below W. 3rd Street), NYC. Workshop fee is $150 ($25 off for members of TRU). Early bird registrants save $25 and pay $125 if they sign up by 10/9.

This one-day intensive will be taught by Diana Amsterdam of The Drama Centre, TRU's Program Director for Playwrights. With segments of the workshop taught by presentation coach Gillien Goll who will help writers capture the essence of their piece in an effective synopsis, and learn how to present themselves successfully; and a panel of commercial producers will offer feedback on writers' pitches as well as suggest appropriate markets for the works. Panel will include Margot Astrachan ("Busker Alley") and Jeremy Handelman of Off the Leash Productions ("White's Lies", "F#@king Up Everything" at NYMF).

Participants receive the Practical Playwright's Guide--A Take-Home Handout -- including exercises in Play Structure and Story Truths, Examples of Query Letters, Loglines, and Synopses; Costs of Various Components of a Production including Actors' Fees, Costumes, Sets and More; a list of great New York theaters for rent; Invaluable Websites for Playwrights, and a list of Playwright Workshops.

Admission is $150 ($25 off for members of TRU). With early bird registration by 10/9, admission is $125. Workshop limited to 20 participants. Pre-registration is available by emailing To have us save a spot for you, make your subject header "P&P RSVP." Go to for links to word document and pdf applications. Payment by check may be mailed to Theater Resources Unlimited, 309 W. 104th Street 1D, NYC NY 10025 (please include an application). On-line payment by Paypal or by credit card is available at

Open:   10/16/10
Close:   10/16/10

Saturday, October 16 from 10am to 4pm
Theater:   Players Theatre
Address:   115 MacDougal Street
New York, NY
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Take the A, C E or F trains to West 4th Street

Cost:$150 ($25 off for TRU members)
Buy Tickets Online or Call: The Players Theatre at 212-714-7628