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My script "Daughter" has been selected for further development at the Great Plains Theatre Conference in May but I need to get there.
My script "Daughter" has been selected for further development at the Great Plains Theatre Conference in May but I need to get there.
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The Splendid Opportunities

I will be attending two conferences this year to further the development and opportunities for my script "Daughter".

The Great Plains Theatre Conference is in Omaha, Nebraska. My script will have a staged reading on May 27, 2013, directed by Stephanie Anderson, after which I will receive feedback on the script to continue to improve it. Wonderfully, Stephanie has already started casting.

In the audience will be many other theater professionals, some of whom are literary managers at theater companies throughout the United States and who might consider the script for future production.

In order to be able to go to the Great Plains Theatre Conference and develop the script, I need to raise funds for my travel. I will be flying from New York to Omaha for ten days. The conference generously covers many of the expenses while we are there but we are responsible for our own travel.

The Dramatists Guild Conference will be in Chicago. This will be an opportunity for professional development and I will also be able to interact and network with a larger breadth of theater professionals, including well-known playwrights such as David Ives, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Marsha Norman, Edward Albee and Sarah Ruhl. I will be able to capitalize on the work that I did in Omaha and look for leads to productions. There are no costs covered for this conference. It will be from August 22-25th. Here are some of the bigger costs:

Conference fee: $300

Airfare: approximately $350

Housing: approximately $250 (for three nights with roommates)

Therefore, the Dramatists Guild Conference will need approximately $900 so that I can attend. This conference will be my stretch goal.

I intend to send updates throughout both conferences, including photos when I can. This is a very exciting time and opportunity for this script. I hope you will help me in making it happen.

Background on "Daughter"

Daughter was developed in the EMG Playwriting Workshop and Manhattan Oracles during 2011-2012. In the past year, it has been marketed for production and further development. I was thrilled when a monologue from the script was chosen for the anthology, Contemporary Monologues for Young Women v.3 (Meriwether Publishing, Ltd.), due out in the Fall, 2013.

Members of EMG Playwriting Workshop during a script reading
Members of EMG Playwriting Workshop during a script reading

This is a short synopsis of the script:

When sixteen-year old Robyn's biological mother contacts her on Facebook, Robyn tries to ignore her. She has been happy with her adoptive family and hasn't wanted to search for her biological parents.But her biological mother, Millie, is persistent and finally tells her why: she needs a bone marrow transplant within a week or she will have to enter an experimental trial program. While still trying to protect herself and the family she grew up with, Robyn struggles to decide if she wants to fight to try to save Millie.

Additional pages of the script can be read at http://elanagartner.com/plays/daughter.html

Character list:

Robyn, 16 years old, adopted.

Alexis, 16 years old, Robyn's best friend.

Justin, 12 years old, Robyn's younger brother.

Beverly, mid-40's, professor. Robyn's adoptive mother.

Eli, mid-40's, in the pharmaceutical industry. Robyn's adoptive father.

Millie, 32 years old, biker chick. Robyn's biological mother.

Background on Elana Gartner

Playwright Elana Gartner
Playwright Elana Gartner

My scripts are often dramas focusing on inner conflict. Over the years, I have been inspired by the keen ear of Anna Deveare Smith, John van Druten's "I Am a Camera", the complicated characters from David Lindsay-Abaire's "Good People" and Lynn Nottage's raw, honest and fearless scripts.

I founded EMG Playwriting Workshop in 2004, which has supported New York City area playwrights and their work. This wacky, entertaining and charming group of playwrights has been pivotal in shaping many of my plays. In 2012, I joined a second playwriting group, Manhattan Oracles, who are differently wacky, entertaining and charming and have offered vibrant and valuable perspectives on my work.

My scripts have received recognition throughout the country (Little Fish Theatre, Repertorio Espanol, Eden Prairie Players, Stone Soup Theatre and more). My plays have been produced in New York, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Georgia.

As a board member for the International Centre for Women Playwrights since 2011, I have been their volunteer manager and the co-chair of the new 50/50 Applause Awards, recognizing those theaters producing women playwrights in, at least, 50% of their season. Interviews with me on the award can be found on Huffington Post , Playscripts.com  and on Samuel French's website.

A proud Dramatists Guild member, I continue to live in Brooklyn with my husband and two children (and recently did some playwriting exercises my son's pre-school class).

My website is http://www.elanagartner.com

Risks and challenges

After the conference, there is the possibility that my revisions could take longer than expected and this would delay the delivery of the PDF of the script and the reading in New York City.

However, I would be very communicative with everyone about how my revisions are going, as I have been with all my playwriting and script submission progress on my Facebook playwriting page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elana-Gartner-Playwright/265922683474607…

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    The Beverly and Eli Award: The practical adoptive parents will link to your website from Elana's website's Links pages and send a PDF of the revised script to you. They do like to boast about success.

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    The Millie Award: Unpredictable Millie offers a scene featuring you as a character (can collaborate with other donors to be in the same scene). It will be emailed to you via PDF. (if Elana doesn't know you, she will email you to ask some questions to aid her in the writing. Or Millie might make it up, if you're not careful)

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    The Robyn Award: Protagonist Robyn will invite you to a private seated reading of "Daughter" in New York City after the revisions have been implemented. If you're unable to make it to the reading, she will try to help Elana do a video of the private reading. She's excellent at technology, after all.

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