Summer 2020 Events

All events are open to the public. Free admission. 

 

No Shame Theatre

June 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 11 p.m.

Zoom link: https://hollins.zoom.us/j/97577693549
No Shame Theatre is an experiential performance lab where writers, performers, and audience are constantly changing roles. Anything can happen and usually does in this late night venue for original work. We take the first 15 pieces to walk in the door and there are only three rules: pieces must be original (no copyright violations), short (five minutes or less), and not break anything (including the law). Inside those rules you can do pretty much anything you’re interested in trying in front of a live audience — plays, monologues, songs, dance, poetry, mime, juggling, comedy, tragedy, Improvisation, dada, magic — we’ve even seen people do floral arrangements! “Doors” will open at 10:45 pm. The show starts at 11 pm and runs on average an hour and a half. All times Eastern.

Wednesday night lab readings

June 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 7 p.m.

Go to www.BrownPaperTickets.com or www.facebook.com/hollinsplaywrights/events/ to request the Zoom link.
This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing the Wednesday night readings, which are open to the public, will be conducted via ZOOM with audio only. These readings, which are early drafts of student-written plays, are presented as part of the Playwright’s Lab course. The reading is followed by a two-tier feedback session. The first tier is based on the Liz Lerman Critical Response, with the playwright taking notes on audience reactions to things that worked, questions they feel are still unanswered, things that didn’t work as well as the strengths we identified earlier, and questions that the playwright might have. The second tier of feedback is closed, and only students registered for the course and faculty attend. This session is less structured and playwrights can engage with commenters directly. In this way, students are exposed to both kinds of feedback so that they have a nurturing environment as well as preparation for the more raw responses one could encounter in a review or blog comments. Admission: free, open to the public.

Monday Night guest speaker series: John Bergman

June 22, 7:30 p.m.

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Each Monday night the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University presents a talk by a prominent working professional theatre artist. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing the Monday Night Guest Speaker Series will be presented live via Zoom. Admission: free, open to the public.

John Bergman (theatre artist, drama therapist) is core faculty for the Certificate in New Play Performance at Hollins and teaches courses for the M.F.A. playwriting program as part of the new concentration in applied theatre. He is the founder and director of Geese Theatre Company USA, founder/teacher of Geese Company UK, and a board member of Transcena in Romania. Bergman has worked in prisons in Brazil, Romania, New Zealand, Australia, Bulgaria, and Croatia and has presented internationally at over 500 professional conferences. He is the recipient of the NADTA 2005 Research Award.

Monday Night guest speaker series: Ginger Poole

June 29, 7:30 p.m.

Go to www.BrownPaperTickets.com or www.facebook.com/hollinsplaywrights/events/ to request the Zoom link.
Each Monday night the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University and Mill Mountain Theatre present a talk by a prominent working professional theatre artist. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing the Monday Night Guest Speaker Series will be presented live via Zoom. Admission: free, open to the public.

Ginger Poole (producer, actor, director, choreographer) is the producing artistic director at Mill Mountain Theatre. She is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association and an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Union. Poole worked the State Theatre of North Carolina and with Flat Rock Playhouse, where she was a part of the Education program. She serves on the boards of several arts organizations, and has taught at numerous colleges and universities, including Hollins. Poole was the recipient of the DePaul’s Women of Achievement Award in the Arts in 2013 and was named the 2016 Kendig Award recipient for Individual Artist.

Monday Night guest speaker series: Neil McArthur

July 6, 7:30 p.m.

Go to www.BrownPaperTickets.com or www.facebook.com/hollinsplaywrights/events/ to request the Zoom link.
Each Monday night the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University and Mill Mountain Theatre present a talk by a prominent working professional theatre artist. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing the Monday Night Guest Speaker Series will be presented live via Zoom. Admission: free, open to the public.

Neil McArthur (musician, composer, musical director) has been working in theatre, TV, film, and recorded music since 1971. He collaborated with Clarke Peters on a show based around the music of Louis Jordan called Five Guys Named Moe, which ran in the West End in London for six years. A Broadway transfer followed and the show won many awards. McArthur also collaborated with Playwright’s Lab program director Todd Ristau to write the script for a stage show based on the life of Jerry Lee Lewis, Great Balls Of Fire, which played in regional theatres and in the West End. His folk band The Green House Band recently released a double CD anthology, and he continues to write songs with colleague Ben Brierley.

centerpieces Reading: Love in the Time of Corona by Taylor Gruenloh

July 8, 12:10 p.m.

Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/events/3019457644785728/ 
A special CenterPieces event, directed by Erin Lane, commissioned to be performed on Zoom and broadcast via Facebook Live. This joint venture by Mill Mountain Theatre and the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University brings new plays and new audiences together over lunch. Admission: free, open to the public.

Overnight Sensations 2020

July 11, 8 p.m.

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Since 2006, the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University has partnered with Mill Mountain Theatre to present a micro-brewed theatre festival. On Friday night six playwrights are randomly paired with six directors, who then randomly draw from a hat a variety of writing prompts and a pre-selected cast of local actors. Before 8 am the next morning, they have to write a 10-minute play. They meet via Zoom with their directors over a virtual continental breakfast on Saturday morning and make any last minute changes before the actors sign in to Zoom and the plays begin rehearsal. When 8 pm rolls around, and the audiences are at their screens, the show begins!

Monday Night guest speaker series: Brett Neveu

July 13, 7:30 p.m.

Go to www.BrownPaperTickets.com or www.facebook.com/hollinsplaywrights/events/ to request the Zoom link.

Each Monday night the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University and Mill Mountain Theatre present a talk by a prominent working professional theatre artist. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing the Monday Night Guest Speaker Series will be presented live via Zoom. Admission: free, open to the public.

Brett Neveu (playwright) will be writing for Overnight Sensations this summer. He is a resident-alum of Chicago Dramatists, a proud ensemble member of A Red Orchid Theatre, a founding member of the playwright collective MC-10, and an alumni member of TimeLine Theatre Company’s Writers Collective and Center Theatre Group’s Playwrights’ Workshop in Los Angeles. He has been commissioned by numerous theatre and has several of his plays published through Broadway Play Publishing, Dramatic Publishing and Nick Hern Publishing. Neveu has taught writing at DePaul University, Second City Training Center and currently teaches writing for the screen and stage at Northwestern University.

Hollins Festival of New Works

July 17 – 19, 2020

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Each summer at the end of July, we present a three-day event showcasing ten readings of student work from the Playwright’s Lab. Normally, these eight readings are minimally staged at Mill Mountain Theatre’s Waldron Stage for the general public and close to a dozen guest professional responders from all over the globe. As part of the Festival there will be a panel discussion when our guest respondents will introduce themselves, talk briefly about their own background, and then give a moderated response to the festival as a whole. Get acquainted with these plays and playwrights before they are famous, and engage in a conversation about theatre with our students, faculty, and some established theatre professionals. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing, Festival readings will be presented live online via Zoom (all times Eastern): Admission: free, open to the public.

Friday, July 17
8 pm  Deadline 2037, by Margaret O’Donnell

Saturday, July 18
11 am  Shadow of the Son, by Kate Leslie
2 pm  My Shame is Your Demon, by Gwyneth Strope
4 pm  The Female Quixote, by Claire Wittman
8 pm  The Killjoys, by Lauren Brooke Ellis

Sunday, July 19
11 am: Candy House: For Sale by Witch, by Sarah Katerina Smith
2 pm: You Created Our Fate, by Ami Trowell
4 pm: The Dying of Ida Greene, by Michael Tobin
8 pm: Festival Guest Respondent Round Table

Monday Night guest speaker series: Heather Helinsky

July 20, 7:30 p.m.

Go to www.BrownPaperTickets.com or www.facebook.com/hollinsplaywrights/events/ to request the Zoom link.

Each Monday night the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University and Mill Mountain Theatre present a talk by a prominent working professional theatre artist. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing the Monday Night Guest Speaker Series will be presented live via Zoom. Admission: free, open to the public.

Heather Helinsky (dramaturg) has been the resident dramaturg at the Great Plains Theatre Conference since 2010. In 2016, Helinsky received a summer fellowship to the O’Neill National Critics Institute and received mentorship from Chris Jones. She was the production dramaturg for Tira Palmquist’s Two Degrees at the Denver Center and Andrea Hart’s premiere of dark is a different beast in San Francisco. For the Kennedy Center, Helinsky mentors student dramaturgs, regionally and nationally, and reads for the David Mark Cohen award. She received her M.F.A. in dramaturgy and theatre studies from the ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard.