Monday, November 16, 2009

About Young Playwrights Festival (YPF)

Greetings. My name is Bethany Ligocki, and I have been given the opportunity to blog about the Young Playwrights Festival from both the administrative and actor viewpoints.

For the past handful of weeks, I have occasionally assisted Jacque Troy as the Administrative Coordinator. My major responsibilities were to create publicity for the auditions, set up and help Jacque run the administrative end of the auditions, and I am currently working on creating the program with the bios of everyone involved in the YPF production. I am happy to be able to assist even in this small way because it takes a lot of time and hard work to collaborate any production.

Young Playwrights Festival is such an awesome project and I am honored to have the opportunity to be involved. The Milwaukee Chamber's initiative to cultivate new art is greatly appreciated from everyone involved because The Young Playwrights Festival encourages emerging artists to collaborate. From area actors and directors, to student designers and playwrights (of course!), everyone is provided the opportunity to create something new together.

The Milwaukee Chamber Theatre partners with area high schools and local theatre professionals to develop three brand-new one-act plays written by high school students. Chosen from a large pool of entries, which were reviewed by a panel of local theatre professionals, the three winning plays are awarded with the opportunity to be brought to life on Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's stage!

Performances will be December 17 - 19 at 7:30 p.m. and December 20 at 2 p.m.
Please come out and support all the aspiring artists involved!

Thank you,
Bethany Ligocki

Friday, November 6, 2009

Greetings from a YPF Playwright!

Hi anybody and everybody! I'm Samantha and I wrote "A Brother's Goodbye," one of the plays selected for this year's Young Playwright's Festival. I have to say that I'm INCREDIBLY excited to work with all the amazingly talented professionals at the Chamber and I can't wait to see the finished product come December.

I had a lot of fun at rehearsals in October. I learned so much from watching the directors and the actors interact. It was really different from auditions for schools plays, which are so informal, but I enjoyed every minute of it. The first read through with the casts last Monday (11-2) was awesome. I got to hear the other two plays in full for the first two times and I loved them. Hearing them it's hard to believe that my play was deigned worthy to be performed alongside them. Right now I'm just waiting for full rehearsals to begin, which will be on the 30th of this month. If anybody has questions for me I'll be happy to answer them if I can.

Up next

MCT opens the Milwaukee premiere of MOON OVER THE BREWERY on Fri. Nov. 13. Angela Iannone makes her MCT directing debut with this charming romantic comedy. The show features Amanda J. Hull, Dan Katula, Travis A. Knight and Melinda Pfundstein. Performances will be in a newly reconfigured Studio Theatre.

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