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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Saturday, April 22 is the Hamilton-Gibson Women's Project last read-through workshop in Wellsboro, PA


Photo by John Eaton
Clare Marie Ritter (standing) answers Melissa Bravo's questions about her short play during the April 12 workshop.

From 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. this Saturday, April 22 , the last of four free "What She Wrote" playwriting workshops will be in the Warehouse Theatre Gallery at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro.

Clare Marie Ritter, Hamilton-Gibson Women's Project workshop facilitator, invites area women to bring the scripts for their short plays to hear volunteers read them out loud and receive constructive feedback from attendees.

"Any woman who has a short play in progress is welcome to attend this Saturday. It does not matter whether writers do or do not plan to submit a play for production this October," Ritter said. "Several women who participated in the February writing seminar brought works in progress for us to read aloud at the two workshops in March and the one on April 12. We have also had writers who did not attend the February seminar bring works to be read," she noted.

This is an open session. Playwrights and readers are welcome to just show up, No registration is necessary," Ritter added.

"I will also accept finished play submissions at this Saturday's workshop," she said.

To be considered by the Hamilton-Gibson Women's Project for production in October, short plays must be dropped off or mailed to Hamilton-Gibson Productions, 29 Water Street, Wellsboro, PA 16901 between this Saturday, April 22 and Monday, May 22. Entries postmarked after May 22 will not be accepted.

To be accepted by the Women's Project, the plays must be between 10 and 15 minutes in length, original, unpublished and not previously produced. They cannot be musicals or intended for children and must be appropriate for a venue that can handle a minimal set, basic lighting and sound effects. Plays requiring very young actors or teenagers can cause casting problems and be ruled out for production.

An author can submit more than one play. Five typewritten/printed copies of each script on letter-size paper with pages numbered and bound with staples only must be provided. The top sheet of each copy must include the play's title, author's name, mailing address, email address and phone number.

A check for $10 to cover the registration fee must be made payable to "Hamilton-Gibson Productions" and accompany each submission. Scripts will not be returned to authors.

After May 22, an independent panel of judges will review the submitted plays and select those that create a cohesive, well-balanced "What She Wrote" production. This is not a contest. No prizes will be awarded.

The names of the selected plays will be announced on Thursday, June 22, opening night of Hamilton-Gibson's production of "Mame." Following that announcement, each woman who submitted a play will receive a critiqued copy of her script.

Anyone with questions about the April 22 read-throughs, being a volunteer reader or how to submit a play is welcome to contact Clare Marie Ritter at

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