Ever conjured up an awesome concept for a play…and dreamt up a whole production in your head? Well, your dreams might just turn into reality. Starting this October and running until January, Center Stage presents patrons the opportunity to get involved with playwrights’ creative processes through a new project called “Wright Now, Play Later.”
WNPL is an outgrowth of Center Stage’s “Wright Right Now” program, which places local playwrights in several locations (lobbies, streets, even food trucks) to take prompts or commissions from passerby and write plays for them, right then and there. But Gavin Witt, Associate Director and Director of Dramaturgy at Center Stage, felt that there was still a missing piece in achieving the full spectrum of theatre.
“It’s wonderful to focus on the inspiration and perspiration to the act of creation,” he explains. “But where was the performance?”
That’s where WNPL comes in. This time, accomplished playwrights, patrons and performers are brought together to turn an idea about a play into a spontaneous, lively performance executed in Baltimore’s local businesses and well-known public places. The project also expands Center Stage’s reach to include an online platform that gathers prompts from all over the world.
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