PlayMakers’ Bake-Off with Paula Vogel is a FREE event for local writers. It takes place at the site of the Former Ackland Museum Store, 109 E Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, on Saturday, April 6th, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
It’s free but you need to sign up.
Look for updates on the Facebook event.
Area writers have a chance to work with Pulitzer-winning and Tony Award-nominated playwright Paula Vogel as she hosts one of her one-of-a-kind Bake-Offs from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in downtown Chapel Hill. According to the rules of Ms. Vogel’s playwriting Bake-Offs – a trademark of her long, distinguished career as a teacher of playwrights – participants will have 48 hours to create a short work – it can be a play, song, skit, stand-up, performative poem, etc. – that they will be invited to share with their peers on Bake-Off day, in this case, April 8.
Vogel will announce the theme and assign story elements that the piece must include during the workshop. The inspiration for the theme and elements often come from past works of art, usually from centuries ago, so that the bake-off can continue the conversations that older pieces of art began. According to Vogel, “It’s like sketching for playwrights.” Registration is required to participate.
The community workshop is the result of a partnership between Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture, PlayMakers Repertory Company, and UNC-Chapel Hill’s Arts Everywhere initiative.
Susan Brown, Executive Director of Community Arts & Culture, says that when PlayMakers first proposed a public event in coordination with their performances of How I Learned to Drive, they suggested the library, but the meeting rooms were full. “We have been programming the vacant space that used to house the Ackland Art Museum store with a variety of diverse arts experiences – from a pop-up quilt sale to an upcoming puppet workshop – so the opportunity to host an artist of Vogel’s caliber was a natural fit.”
Paula Vogel is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright whose plays include Indecent (Tony Award nomination for Best Play), How I Learned to Drive (Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Lortel Prize, OBIE Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle and New York Drama Critics Awards for Best Play), The Long Christmas Ride Home, The Mineola Twins, The Baltimore Waltz, Hot’n’Throbbing, Desdemona, And Baby Makes Seven, The Oldest Profession, and A Civil War Christmas. Honors include induction in the American Theatre Hall of Fame, the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, the Lily Award, the Thornton Wilder Prize, the Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.