PLAYWRIGHTING AND SOCIAL RESEARCH Intensive
Mondays from 4:30-6:00pm (September 30th-November 5th)
Starting on September 30th, 2019, a group of students will participate in the playwriting and interview component of our world premiere play; Bulletproof Backpack. These students will learn the fundamental principles of dramatic writing and play building through lectures, hands on activities, and research and interview scenarios. These students will be instructed by the principle playwright of Bulletproof Backpack; Eric Coble. Eric is a Broadway playwright known forVelocity of Autumn, The Dead Guy, his adaptation of The Giver, and his most recent collaboration with Florida Rep; Refugee, which toured thirty schools and reached audiences of over 15,000 in the SW FL area. The playwriting students will also work with the project’s director and Education Director; Kody C Jones and Dramaturg for the project; Dr. Laura Wright. These students will act as contributing authors of the piece as they are tasked with research and background information for the project as well as interviewing community members on the subject matter and compiling this information for Mr. Coble. The class includes lectures with Kody, Mr. Coble, and other guests each Monday on dramatic structure and outlines as well as writing and playwriting. The students will be tasked to start the interview process and bring information and research back. Eric will then start writing the piece and when a draft is completed in early winter, the students will reconvene for the play’s first informal reading (date to be determined). Notes and re-writes will be discussed and put in place for the first workshop of the piece in Florida Rep’s Annual PlayLab in May 2020. During this process the playwright and student will be able to see the piece with a professional director and actors and in front of an audience for the first time and have a talkback with the audience to gauge both positive and critical response. After this, Mr. Coble will make final changes and present a finished copy of the play by early June ready for a World Premiere production as a part of our Conservatory season.