Slam (like the poetry kind but with plays!)
Saturdays, July 1 - 28 at Wardenclyffe, 1101 Springdale Road (click for map)
Poison Apple Initiative presents SLAM! (like the poetry kind but not)
Event Dates: Sundays in July (1, 8, 15, and 22) at 7 pm
Event Website: www.poisonappleinitiative.com
SLAM is an evening of new work, collaboration and friendly competition designed to build new working relationships between theatre artists. As the creators of the New York SLAM say, “It’s raw, it’s rowdy, it’s real.”
Each week, playwrights bring new or unpublished scripts and actors are chosen to perform them right then and there, completely unrehearsed.
In the first three weeks, Round 1, up to 10 playwrights show their work per night. The first 10 playwrights in the door can participate; there’s no need to submit anything ahead of time. Playwrights get five minutes to show their work. They can throw caution to the wind and just let the actors go, or they can take a portion of their five minutes to direct the actors and/or give the audience some context. These pieces can be part of a three act opus they’ve been tinkering with for years, or something they wrote on the bus on the way over.
The three judges, generally one or two industry professionals and one or two audience members, rate what they’ve seen on a scale of one to ten and give some candid feedback. The audience generally has their own thoughts, which are encouraged to be voiced loudly.
At the end of the evening, two winners are selected to move on to the finals in Week 4. On the fourth night of the month’s series, the six top scoring playwrights from the previous 3 weeks showcase 10 minutes of their work and compete to win a staged reading hosted by PAI. They can revise their play based on the feedback they got earlier in the month, cast their own actors ahead of time, and rehearse with them. Or not. As with the first three weeks, judges give feedback after each play and a winner is selected at the end of the night.
PAI is stoked to initiate our first ancillary program that’ll challenge new/ existing voices in playwrighting, bring actors together in collaboration, and give audience members a voice. And, ohyeah: there’s also a lot of beer.