The playwrights gather at Ros’s kitchen table each Saturday morning to write and read each other’s pieces, to find comfort among her plants and the courage to write these stories. Do we work on what is safe or do we take risks? Do we reveal something wild, unstable, even crazy? These questions are not as obvious as they may seem. Taking risks means just that: it means being not “nice”, not “feminine”, not “safe”.
Is there sympathy, humor, pathos in these characters? Or do we shrug them aside as “crazy”? Is the protagonist in all of us, or is it unique to this character? This moment?
Plays aren’t built in a day. They are cobbled together by questions, doubts, and determination. They stumble and get rebuilt in the hands of actors and directors. And then we go back to Ros’s kitchen table and start again… – Marty Kingsbury, TC Squared Dramaturg
In 2016-2017, TC Squared launched a new program: our Playwrights’ Salon, which presented six full-length plays by writers from our PlayLab! Before each Salon, we asked our playwrights to talk about their plays and the writing process:
Fran Da Silveira on Heritage Hill Naturals. Full production forthcoming May 2018 from Fresh Ink Theatre!
Christina Chan on Stir Frying Mahjong.
Erin Lerch on Grounded: a post-apocalyptic tale of flight.
Jecenia Isis Figueroa on Marriages, Mentiras, & Mantras.
Mary M. McCullough on A Fine and Dangerous Country.
If you missed our Salons, don’t fret! We’ll be back this winter with another round. The current dates are as follows:
Sunday, October 29 – CROSSING FLIGHT developmental reading, 3:30-6:30pm at Thalia Theatre in Central Square
Thursday, November 9 – BALLAHOO IN THE HAIR KITCHEN, 6:30-9:30pm at Thalia Theatre in Central Square
Interested in writing plays or screenplays?
Join our weekly Playwrights Lab. The fall session runs from September 16 to November 11, every Saturday from 10am-1pm. Develop your work and see it come to life with professional actors in our Staged Reading each May at the Boston Playwrights Theatre.
Please contact Ros Thomas-Clark
My relationship with TC2 started by chance. I ran into Ros one afternoon at Porter Square Books. She had her grandchildren with her, didn’t have time to talk, but on the fly she asked: “Are you a good dramaturg?” Naturally, I said, “Yes.”
The playwriting workshop, however, did not happen by chance. It was an idea that Nikki Prefontaine and TC Squared had been working with for many years, and in September 2013, it started with five playwrights. We gathered around Ros’s kitchen table. We read. We improvised. We talked. And when there was time, we wrote together. Revisions emerged with ideas that I never would have imagined. Each and every playwright is in each and every play disguised as an idea, a fact, a design, a character, or a new point of view.
What we present is the beginning of a journey, the germination of scenes that will grow into larger, more complicated plays. Keep an eye on us.
In September 2016, TC Squared started a Directors Lab under the leadership of Ros Thomas-Clark. Working in conjunction with the Playwrights Lab, the directors study their craft while having the opportunity to work closely on new scripts with the TC Squared playwrights. The fall session runs from September 16 to November 11, every Saturday from 10am-1pm. Opportunities for lap participants to direct arise throughout the year with the Table Readings and the New Plays Festival. The Table Reading of original plays for our Theatre Festival will be on Saturday April 1st. The New Play Festival at the Boston Playwrights Theatre will be May 2018. Theatre visits to local productions are a part of this lab with interesting discussions and feedback from all participating. If you’re interested, please contact us.
UPCOMING PLAYWRIGHT SALON
Fort Point Channel
Thursday, October 26, 6:30-9:30PM
Original writing from the TC Squared Playwrights Lab
Crossing Flight: a tale of the post apocalypse
Playwright Erin Lerch
Next Stage: Ten-Minute Play Festival
Boston Playwrights’ Theatre
See programs from previous years of our Festival!