Between the Lines is a reading series where award-winning local authors discuss the craft of writing. In June, what better way to learn the craft of storytelling than by studying its birthplace: the theater. Playwright Les Hunter and director Terrence Spivey will discuss how to cast characters, construct sets, direct action, and keep the audience engaged—no matter what you're writing. Relevant for prose writers, playwrights, screen writers, and storytellers of all kinds. This discussion will be moderated by playwright Christopher Johnston. In partnership with Playwrights Local. Q & A to follow.
Les Hunter's new play, Down by Contact (Dir. Dale Heinen), about the downfall of a former professional quarterback du...e to repetitive brain trauma, will receive a site-specific co-production from Playwrights Local and Dobama Theatre in the Tudor House of the Gilmour Academy in August of 2018. His previous plays have been produced or developed by theaters including: Playwrights Local, Theater 167, Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Public Theater, Bates College, St. Joseph’s College, Manhattan Theatre Source, Artistic New Directions, and America-in-Play. His plays are published by Playscripts, Indie Theatre, and Brooklyn Publishers. His play To the Orchard was a Jewish Plays Project 2016 international Jewish Playwriting Contest Finalist. Dr. Hunter is Ohio Regional Representative for the Dramatists Guild of America, and was previously Curator of New Plays at LaGuardia Performing Arts Complex in Queens, NY, and co-founder and Artistic Director of Brooklyn Playwrights Collective. He is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Baldwin Wallace University.
Terrence Spivey is Founding Director of Powerful Long Ladder in collaboration with Holy Trinity Cultural Arts Center where his theatre company is in residence in Cleveland. Spivey was artistic director of Karamu House for over twelve years (2003-2016). During his artistic administration, Spivey programmed over seventy plus main stage productions and directed over twenty five, winning numerous awards for the historical institution. He also oversaw the Karamu Youth Theatre and Theatre Outreach Performance Series. He served as Director in Residence for Kent State Pan African Studies during the 2013-2014 season. Since his departure from Karamu in 2016, he directed one of Plain Dealer's 2016 Top 10 plays, Robert O' Hara's Bootycandy at convergence-continuum and award winning, nationally acclaimed Objectively/Reasonably: A Community Response to the Shooting of Tamir Rice, 11/22/14 at Playwrights Local, among many others. Spivey has appeared in Cleveland Magazine, Black Mask, Back Stage, Ebony, Artist and Influences and American Theatre. He recently founded TamiReach, a youth arts program that will be based in the Tamir Rice Afrocentric Center set to open in 2019. Spivey was selected as Cleveland Scene Best Director for 2017.
Christopher Johnston is a playwright, director and freelance journalist. His plays have appeared at Cleveland Public Theatre (Sexually Explicit Material, The Mind Field, Theories of Relativity, The Mad Mask Maker of Maigh Eo), Dobama (Murder in Mind, Loud Americans: A Punk Saga, My Body is Blue or 20 Cantos from My Stupid Life), convergence-continuum theatre (APORKALYPSE!, Spawn of the Petrosexuals, Selfies at the Clown Motel, The Chaste Genius and His Death Ray Gun) and Talespinner Children’s Theatre (Finn McCool, The Rainbow Serpent). He completed his playwriting internship at the Cleveland Play House, and he occasionally teaches playwriting and creative nonfiction workshops at CSU. His play Black Mongoose and the Lil Purple Butterfly will premiere at convergence-continuum theatre on September 27, 2018, and his documentary play about human trafficking, Live Bodies for Sale, directed by Terrence Spivey, will premiere at Playwrights Local Theatre in November 2019. His book, Shattering Silences: Strategies to Prevent Sexual Assault, Heal Survivors, and Bring Assailants to Justice (Skyhorse) was published in May.
Staging Your Story is FREE and takes place Weds. 6/20 from 7-9p at Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern.
Register & learn more: litcleveland.org/staging-your-story.html