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Essentials 2: Strengthen the Core

  • 22 Jan 2018
  • 12 Mar 2018
  • 6 sessions
  • 22 Jan 2018, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 29 Jan 2018, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 05 Feb 2018, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 12 Feb 2018, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 26 Feb 2018, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 12 Mar 2018, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
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Essentials 2: Strengthen the Core                                                    
Instructor: Resident Playwright Marsha Estell


Prerequisite: Essentials 1: The Core, Essentials Bootcamp, or permission of instructor.

The second in our three-class Essentials series, Essentials 2 is about the process rather than the product. You will write a short play every week in order to unleash your creativity and incorporate the core principles taught in Essentials 1 into your writing muscle memory. You will also refine your ability to give and receive notes with your fellow playwrights in a way that helps all of you reach the next level in your development as writers.

This class will culminate in a public staged reading of students’ short plays, with professional actors and directors, in Chicago Dramatists’ theatre on March 12th at 7:00pm. Students should set aside March 10th and 11th for rehearsal. 

For the first day of class, bring in a new 4-page scene with a full arc. This scene must have at least one onstage manifestation of choice that is negotiated over throughout the scene. Make sure you think about the core principles when writing this scene.

Sessions/Weekday 6 Mondays, including a final presentation
Start/End Date Janaury 22nd - February 26th. Final presentation on March 12th in the theatre.
Time Slots 6:30pm - 9:30pm


Notes: Final presentation is Monday, March 12th at 7:00 pm. Students should set aside March 10th and 11th for rehearsal. No class on February 19th.

About the Essentials Track

The Essentials track is designed to provide playwrights with a solid foundation for their dramatic writing efforts. It consists of three courses:

  • Essentials 1 - The Core
  • Essentials 2 - Strengthening the Core
  • Essentials 3 - The Journey

Each course is designed to build on its predecessor, thereby providing participants with a holistic view of writing for the stage that will inspire them and elevate their dramatic writing technique.

Essentials 1 is a prerequisite for Essentials 2, which in turn is a prerequisite for Essentials 3.

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