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Playwriting: Bridging The Gap: Sketch and Theater

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Bridging the Gap: Sketch and Theater With the commercial success of shows like Matt Cox’s Puffs, Josh Sharp and Aaron Jackson’s Fucking Identical Twins, or even Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers’ Matt and Ben, there is a long tradition of comedic playwriting that relies on the fundamentals of sketch comedy. This course will guide you towards the development of a completed draft of a full-length play, through writing exercises, concrete deadlines, and weekly workshopping and feedback. Finding that sweet spot of long-form sketch and playwriting, we’ll touch on the core tenets of playwriting and sketch, including character, dramatic structure, juxtaposition, heightening, parody, development of personal voice and more. This class is great for any sketch writer looking to branch out and write a play, for any playwright wanting to hone their comedic craft or any weirdo with a funny idea they’re not quite sure what to do with.

Writers should come to the workshop with an idea for a show in mind.

Catya McMullen

Catya McMullen is a playwright and comedian. Her short play, MISSED CONNECTION won the 37th Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival, was directed by Leslye Headland and is published by Samuel French.

She is the author of the comedic hip hop musical LOCKED UP BITCHES (World Premiere, The Flea) and the plays GEORGIA MERTCHING IS DEAD (EST/Youngblood Studio Production, The LARK), AGNES (Workshop Production, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), EVERYTHING IS PROBABLY GOING TO BE OKAY (Rattlestick developed), WE PRAY TO ELEPHANTS (EST/Youngblood developed), ASSHOLES IN GAS STATIONS (EST/Youngblood, Ground UP Productions developed), RUBBER DUCKS AND SUNSETS (World Premiere Ground UP Productions), and THE COLLECTIVE (World Premiere, Triskellion Arts)  along with numerous shorts. She is a proud alum of the Obie award winning EST/Youngblood and a company member of The Middle Voice Theater Company; the apprentice company of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. She was a finalist for the City Theater National Award for Short Playwriting and is the Creator of the WE ARE ANIMALS series, a quarterly variety show series she writes with Scott Klopfenstein of the Gold Record selling band Reel Big Fish, where she raps under her feminist hip hop alias “Chihuahua Fancy.”  She has received multiple commissions from the Sloan Foundation and is currently writing a play about back alley abortions given in the years before Roe V. Wade.

She teaches sketch comedy and playwriting at The People’s Improv Theater. She has been produced or developed work with The Middle Voice Theater Company/Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, EST/Youngblood, The People’s Improv Theater, The Lark Play Development Center, Lesser America, Naked Angels, The Flea Theater, The F*it Club, Rising Phoenix Rep, Playmakers Repertory Company, Ground UP Productions, Ugly Rhino, and Primary Stages. BA UNC Chapel Hill

Class Schedule
Playwriting: Bridging The Gap: Sketch and Theater   Tue 05/01/18   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001 Register
Playwriting: Bridging The Gap: Sketch and Theater   Tue 05/08/18   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
Playwriting: Bridging The Gap: Sketch and Theater   Tue 05/15/18   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
Playwriting: Bridging The Gap: Sketch and Theater   Tue 05/22/18   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
Playwriting: Bridging The Gap: Sketch and Theater   Tue 05/29/18   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
Playwriting: Bridging The Gap: Sketch and Theater   Tue 06/05/18   7:00pm   134 West 29th Street New York, New York 10001
Grad Show | Sketch to Playwrighting | June 6th   Wed 06/06/18   7:00pm   The Underground Register