CREATIVE AGING PLAYWRITING WORKSHOP
A new workshop facilitating the creation of well-crafted, short (possibly very short!) plays - while also facilitating social engagement - in a series of two-hour sessions led by Elaine Jarvik, Julie Jensen, Kay Shean, and Debora Threedy.
Applicants were asked to share, in 150 words or less, what was appealing about this workshop and/or what they hoped to get out of it. We received 19 applications for 8 slots so we formed two cohorts.
COHORT 1 (2022)
Jean Tokuda Irwin
MaryBeth Jarvis Clark
MaryBeth Jarvis Clark's 10-minute play "Push Back" received its world premiere as Plan-B's portion of ROSE EXPOSED: BIRTHDAY SUIT(E) August 27, 2022.
COHORT 2 (2023)
Jacqueline Morasco's 10-minute play "The 'C' Word" will receive its world premiere as Plan-B's portion of MIX TAPE (formerly ROSE EXPOSED) on August 26, 2023.
Laura Munts's 10-minute play "Who's To Do's To Do" will receive its world premiere as part of Senior Stages, a co-production with Davis Arts Council, October 16-26, 2023.
MEET THE FACILITATORS
Playwright Elaine Jarvik
reinvented herself as a playwright 21 years ago, at age 55, after (and during) a career as a newspaper reporter. Her plays have appeared at Plan-B Theatre, the Salt Lake Acting Company, Pygmalion Productions, and the Humana Festival of New American Plays.
Playwright Julie Jensen
has been involved in theatre for 72 of her 80 years and has been part of the professional theatre in this country and abroad for 40 of those years. She has written more than 30 plays, all of them professionally produced, a dozen of them published. Julie has taught playwriting at five colleges and universities, directed a graduate playwriting program, and created playwriting curriculum for Plan-B for students and adults.
Actor/Director Kay Shean
has been involved in theatre for 76 of her 81 years. She worked professionally on both coasts as a director and actor in theatre, film, and television. Kay ran a theatre in Los Angeles for fifteen years, where she developed an award-winning touring educational theatre program for K-12 schools.
Playwright Debora Threedy
is a 71-year-old retired law professor who has had a side hustle as an actor, director, and playwright for 55 years. Last fall, she had two different plays running at the same time, a personal best!