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WRITING PLAYS DRAWN FROM HISTORY presented by Gary Graves

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Virtual Workshop: WRITING PLAYS DRAWN FROM HISTORY presented by Gary Graves. Sunday, August 15, 4PM to 5:30PM Pacific Time.

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What do these award-winning plays all have in common: "Oslo" (Tony for Best Play, 2017), "Hamilton" (Pulitzer and Tony for Best Musical, 2016) and "All the Way" (Tony for Best Play, 2014)? They are all plays drawn from history in one way or another. Audiences love plays that weave together history and drama. But how do you do that? What is historical drama? What is a history play? What are some of the traps or hazards in writing plays inspired by historical events or persons? We’ll look at the role history plays in all sorts of different ways in all sorts of different plays. What do the best examples of this popular form all have in common?

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GARY GRAVES is a director and playwright living in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1994, he received a Ph.D. in the Directing Program at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1998, he became a resident playwright and company co-director at Central Works in Berkeley. Now in its 31st season, Central Works is a theater company that develops and produces all new plays. He has overseen the development of 67 world premiere plays at Central Works, many of which he has either written and/or directed. Titles of plays he has written include: "Dracula Inquest", "Richard the First (Parts 1, 2, & 3)", "The Grand Inquisitor", "Chekhov’s The Duel", and "Penelope’s Odyssey". He also leads the Central Works Writers Workshop, an ongoing commissioning program that develops new works. Since 2002, he has taught playwriting year-round at the Berkeley Repertory School of Theater, including the annual Summer Playwriting Workshop that develops and presents a series of staged readings of eight new plays every summer. He is currently working on a 5-play cycle of plays under the collective title "The Prince". Central Works website: http://centralworks.org/

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