Classical Theatre of Harlem introduces The Playwright’s Playground:
Seeking Playwrights and Actors to take part in a
twice-monthly cold reading series
What is The Playwright’s Playground?
Classical Theatre of Harlem’s (CTH) Playwright’s Playground is a cold-reading series
designed to promotes the work of emerging playwrights whose works are persistently
under-represented on American stages. The Playwright’s Playground is especially
interested in works by artists of color, women and other underrepresented artists such as
immigrants, and ethnic and religious minorities. The Playwright’s Playground seeks to
provide the opportunity for playwrights to hear works in early development through cold
readings with professional actors, to offer them the opportunity to develop a play in a
nurturing environment while helping actors hone their craft and giving them the
opportunity to become familiar with new work and emerging playwrights.
How does the Playwright’s Playground work?
May 14, 2012, the second and fourth Monday of each month will be a
Playwright’s Playground Monday. Interested playwrights may submit a 10- to 12-page
scene from a work in progress, and a Monday will be assigned to them. Up to six
playwrights will be featured at each Playground. The night of the Playground, CTH will
provide copies of the scenes and cast actors to read from those attending the Playground.
Playwrights may submit only 10-12 pages.
• Play samples must be submitted as a PDF or as a Word document.
• A brief synopsis of the play and a short bio may be included with the writing
• Please understand that The Playwright’s Playground does not present readings
of full plays, only cold readings of scenes from works in progress.
All Playwright’s Playground Mondays will take place from 7 – 10 pm at The
Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Education Center, which is located
at 3940 Broadway between 164th and 165th Street.
Please e-mail your submissions or inquiries to Debra Cardona,
Playwright’s Playground administrator, at:
Please arrive a half-hour before the start of each Playwright’s Playground
Monday and check in with administrators Debra Cardona and Pia Wilson in order to be
considered for a scene.