Timber Lake Playhouse Playwright’s Colony

Renowned Chicago playwright Brett Neveu has been announced as the instructor for the Third Annual Summer Playwright’s Colony and Workshops to be held at Timber Lake Playhouse in Mt. Carroll. The five-day residency at Timber Lake’s tranquil, wooded location is a chance for both established and beginning playwrights to come together and work on new American plays that are currently in development. The Colony is now open for enrollment and will take place from Sunday, Aug. 15 through Thursday, Aug. 19.

“Mr. Neveu is a reputable, prolific playwright that has won the Goodman Theatre’s Ofner Prize and been commissioned twice by the Steppenwolf Theatre for their New Play Initiative,” said Timber Lake’s Artistic Director Brad Lyons, who founded the Colony two summers ago. “We are very pleased we were able to enlist such a strong, working playwright to be this summer’s instructor.” Neveu’s plays have been produced across the country. He is a resident playwright with Chicago Dramatists and has worked with such play development groups as The Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis and No Shame Theatre in Iowa City.

Each day at the Colony will offer each playwright intimate workshops and seminars, readings from their scripts, private one-on-one instruction and time to write. Discussions will also be held on how plays are marketed and what a producer considers when reading a script. “This is the ideal setting for writers to fine-tune their play or musical, or even start pounding out a new script idea,” said Lyons. Other special events are being planned to coincide with the Colony, including a public staged reading of a new play, title soon to be announced.

Past participants of the Colony include James Sherman, resident playwright of the Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theatre and author of the current off-Broadway play, From Door to Door. His new play, Affluenza!, received a staged reading at the Colony last summer before moving on to its first production at Victory Gardens. Chicago’s own Cheri Coons workshopped River’s End last summer, a new musical for which she wrote the book and lyrics, with music by Chuck Larkin. River’s End was recently selected to be a participant in this summer’s prestigious O’Neill Festival, which will take place next month.

For information on the Colony, please contact Carrie Furay, public relations director, at (815) 244-6586. Space is limited for all events, so interested parties should call today!

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