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Welcome to Write Local. Play Global.

We want to hear from you!  Membership is free and open to all - playwrights, directors, dramaturgs, educators, administrators, students - anyone who values plays for young audiences.

Write Local. Play Global. is the ASSITEJ playwrights network.

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Friday
Jun222018

on New Visions/New Voices and Cartography

Terrific article at this link - about the 2018 festival and the timely and innovative new piece, Cartography

Friday
Mar162018

US Playwright Allyson Currin on Writing for Young Audiences

"I have only written four plays for young audiences, actually, the first two (for The Kennedy Center and Imagination Stage) as simultaneous commissioned pieces. I find it fascinating that my playwriting immediately after those two projects got exponentially better. I learned so much from writing for young audiences because you have to write cleanly and leanly. Young audiences will not put up with plays that are self-indulgent or over-written. My writing for young audiences definitely made me a more streamlined, athletic writer. High School Alien at Cincinnati Playhouse reinforced all of those lessons because the development period was so dedicated and lengthy. I had the good fortune to watch so many performances of it in schools, and, most revealingly, to witness the invaluable discussions between the cast and students afterwards. Kids really listen." 

Ally's play Sooner/Later is opening at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

Thursday
Feb152018

A DAY FOR A PLAY, EDITION 5!

Write Local Play Global is delighted to announce the 2018 version of 'A Day for a Play', the worldwide playwriting game, open to all playwrights and storytellers around the world, in conjunction with the ASSITEJ 2018 world theatre day for children.  This year, for its 5th edition, new rules have been invented by WLPG members Maria Ines Falconi of Argentina, Karin Serres of France, and Rives Collins and Kim Peter Kovac of the USA.

In 2017, 64 playwright around the world took part in the game. Join us !

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A Day for a Play's website
Wednesday
Jun212017

STORIES FROM THE CRADLE OF CREATIVITY - A Communal Poem

STORIES FROM THE CRADLE OF CREATIVITY
A Communal Poem

Inspired by the Cradle of Creativity Theater for Young Audiences Festival
at the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, May 2017

Written in
Dutch, English, Ewe, Farsi, French, Hindi, Icelandic, Igbo, Japanese, Korean,
Lithuanian, Malagasy, Portuguese, Reunion Creole, Russian,Serbian, Sesotho,
Spanish, Tswana, Urdu, Xhosa, and Zulu


I am a witness: many countries gathering around a bonfire,
they tell stories of hope, peace, friendship, love, I take a greater
look at these countries and see children, children gathered
at the southern tip of Africa, children united, children of one voice -
they sing and keep on singing.
(Lereko Rex Mfono, Johannesburg, South Africa)

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Saturday
May272017

2017 ASSITEJ Inspirational Playwrights: Kevin Dyer (UK), Rene Fernandez Santana (Cuba), Suzanne Lebeau (Canada) 

 

 Kevin Dyer, Rene Fernandez Santana, Suzanne Lebeau

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Monday
May222017

WLPG Report to the ASSITEJ General Assembly - May 22, 2017, Cape Town

Given by Jenny Ann Koppera and Karin Serres

Description of network

A network designed to support, integrate, connect and give voice to international playwrights into the organization of ASSITEJ and into the field of Theatre for Young Audiences

Open to all theatre practitioners – not just playwrights – interested international TYA writings.  Your writings and presentations are welcome in English and any other mother languages.

We now have a newsletter and a website including a list of participant biographies, pertinent articles, and global networking opportunities.

Join us on our social media – Facebook, twitter, & Instagram.

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Tuesday
May162017

'Cape Town: A Sense of Place' - a creative writing project for Cradle of Creativity participants

CAPE TOWN: A SENSE OF PLACE
A collaboration between Write Local. Play Global (WLPG) and CRADLE OF CREATIVITY
May 18 and 24, 2017

This project sets a creative challenge to storytellers and writers – to create a mosaic of monologues and photographs in response to this wonderful city of Cape Town through the senses.

The basic idea is to find a small moment or place in the life of the city.  It could be anything that you as a creative person responds strongly to - a building, a street, a canal, a park, a group of children playing football, a couple having an intimate conversation, an instant that strikes you, a discovery, an emotion or ephemeral sensation. 

 

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Friday
May122017

"Stories from the Cradle of Creativity" - a collective epic poem to be created by participants in the ASSITEJ Congress and Cradle of Creativity Festival in Cape Town

Come and be part of an exciting adventure in writing and storytelling – a communally-created “epic poem”. Everyone participating in CRADLE OF CREATIVITY in Cape Town – artists, technicians, administrators, educators, students, volunteers, and staff -- is invited to be one of the authors. 

While we call this a poem, you don’t have to be a poet or playwright to participate. You just have to be someone who has a story to tell, a story you can tell in no more than 200 characters (one-third longer than a post on Twitter). 

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Thursday
Apr272017

OPPORTUNITY FOR PLAYWRIGHTS ATTENDING THE CRADLE OF CREATIVITY FESTIVAL IN CAPE TOWN IN MAY!!! UNE OCCASION À SAISIR POUR LES AUTEURS ET AUTRICES QUI PARTICIPENT AU FESTIVAL THE CRADLE OF CREATIVITY À CAPE TOWN EN MAI !!! OPORTUNIDAD PARA DRAMATURGOS QUE ASISTAN AL FESTIVAL CRADLE OF CREATIVITY EN CIUDAD DEL CABO EN MAYO!!!!!

See French and Spanish translation bellow/ Ver traducción al Francés y al Español más abajo.

Write Local Play Global is working with the festival organizers on a number of ‘playwright slams’.  These are not competitions, but rather playwrights reading 5-minute excerpts from one of their plays.  There will be slams connected to three of the ‘Focus Days’:

  • Saturday, May 20, 18h00-19h00 – “Theatre for Social Change” Day
  • Thursday, May 25, 18h00-19h00 – “Africa” Day
  • Friday, May 26, 18h00-19h00 – “Inclusive Arts” Day

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Sunday
Feb262017

A Day, A Play Global Game: The Die!

The prompt that writers will get includes some multiple options that are selected by rolling a die.  If you don't have one, you can print out the below, an awesome image designed by Playwright/Designer Karin Serres

 

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