Playwriting workshop, competition

The Cayman National Cultural Foundation Annual Playwriting Workshop is slated for 6 to 12 August, said a press release.

The free workshop, which leads to the development of scripts for the National Playwriting Competition, will be led by Eugene Williams, director of the School of Drama at Edna Manley College of the Arts in Jamaica.

One of the most respected theatre educators in the Caribbean, Mr. Williams will offer attendees guidance in the art of playwriting.

Mr. Williams has assisted CNCF with the playwriting workshop since 1992, and last tutored the workshop in 2004. Mr. Williams’ academic lineage includes a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from Brooklyn College and a Master of Arts in Performance Studies from New York University.

The workshop will be held from 6.30pm to 9.30pm, Monday to Friday, at the Harquail Studio Theatre. Saturday is set aside for one to one sessions which are by appointment only.

Workshop participants should come with either a completed script, or a concept and outline of their developing play. All scripts must be the original work of the person submitting the script.

Twelve places are available for the workshop and those attending are eligible to enter CNCF’s National Playwriting Competition.

Prizes in the 17 and under division are: Best Skit $100 and Best One Act Play $200. In the 18 and over division prizes are: Best Full Length Play $800 plus production of the play; Best One Act Play $500.

The winning adult full length script will be produced by CNCF in a full fledged production at the Harquail Theatre.

For the full terms and conditions of the playwriting contest and registration information contact CNCF at 949-5477. Deadline is 3 August.

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