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CLASS DESCRIPTION

Revision is a critical and inevitable stage in a play’s development.

Revision can be intimidating. How do you know what to change about your play?
Revision can be scary. What if you ruin your play by changing it?
Revision can be daunting. Where do you even start?

In this class, students are going to explore vocabulary for playmaking and tools for revision, and then apply them to their playmaking.

This class is for you if you:

  • Feel frozen in your revision process.
  • Are looking for new revision strategies.
  • Want to learn how to be your own dramaturg.
  • Need help dissecting your play and identifying what changes to implement.
  • Are interested in learning more about Benjamin Benne’s work and approach to writing.

What to expect:

  • Work with the instructor to identify specific goals for your next draft, and create a map for your rewrites.
  • Connecting and engaging with students and the instructor online via Zoom and Google Classroom.
  • Accountability while sharing, reading, and responding to the work of your peers.

 

Class Modality: Hybrid Asynchronous – Alternates between online meetings and online lessons/assignments on your own via Google Classroom.


Class Dates:
Every other Thursday, January 25th through March 14th

  • 5 total “in-person” sessions: January 25th, February 8th, February 22nd, March 7th, and March 14th
  • 3 total Google Classroom lessons: February 1st, February 15th, February 29th
From Benjamin

Revision can be exploratory. Rest assured: one can always revert back to a previous version of the play.

Revision can be illuminating. The time spent with our play allows us to enhance our understanding of our work and strengthen it.

Revision can be playful. I believe in writing into as many different versions of a play, exploring many alternate choices along the way, to discover the optimal version of the play.

Benjamin Benne

The playwright he, him, his
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based inTacoma, WA
Benjamin Benne (he/him) is a playwright from Los Angeles who has been based in the Pacific Northwest, Midwest, and most recently the East Coast where he completed an MFA in Playwriting at the David Geffen/Yale School of Drama '22. He is a current member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages NYC, a Playwrights' Center '23-26 Core Writer, and has been commissioned by South Coast Repertory Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre. He was named part of "LA Vanguardia: The Latino innovators, investigators and power players breaking through barriers" by the Los Angeles Times.

Ben's plays—including Alma (World Premiere '22: Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City CA & American Blues Theater in Chicago IL; Seattle Premiere '22: ArtsWest Playhouse; Regional Premiere '23: Curious Theatre Company in Denver CO; Central Square Theater in Cambridge MA '23), In His Hands (World Premiere '22: Mosaic Theater Company of DC), and What / Washed Ashore / Astray (World Premiere '23: Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis MN)—feature intimate relationships grounded in emotional realism but allow environment, time, and objects to introduce aspects of the surreal, expressionistic, and absurd into the fabric of their worlds. These works center movement and sensory experiences of the human body to ask existential questions (about grief and loss, faith and the divine, mortality and the afterlife) with wit and an imagistic dramaturgy. His play Manning is scheduled to have its World Premiere at Portland Stage in Portland ME in 2024.

Ben is a recipient of Portland Stage's Clauder Competition Grand Prize (2022), the ASCAP Cole Porter Prize in Playwriting (2022), Arizona Theatre Company's National Latinx Playwriting Award (2019), Kennedy Center/KCACTF Latinx Playwriting Award (2019), American Blues Theater's Blue Ink Playwriting Award (2019), Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Playwriting Award (2017), Playwrights' Center's McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting (2017-18), and Many Voices Fellowship (2016-17). His plays have been developed by the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference, The Public Theater NYC, Roundabout Theatre Company, Playwrights Realm, The Lark, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Old Globe, Two River Theater, Boston Court Pasadena, IAMA Theatre Company, New Harmony Project, SPACE on Ryder Farm, among many others. He is represented by Luminosity Management and Paradigm Talent Agency. www.benjaminbenne.com