Denver Center Nurtures Playwrights in New Workshop; Applicants Sought

News   Denver Center Nurtures Playwrights in New Workshop; Applicants Sought The Denver Center Theatre Company is establishing a two-year creative crucible for playwrights in a new "Playwrights Unit" to be run by Gary Leon Hill.

The Denver Center Theatre Company is establishing a two-year creative crucible for playwrights in a new "Playwrights Unit" to be run by Gary Leon Hill.

Submissions from playwrights will be evaluated and writers will become members of the unit, meeting on an informal basis in 2001 and 2002 to read and respond to each other's work.

Writing samples of no more than 12 pages should be sent with a resume to Gary Leon Hill, Denver Center Theatre Company, 1050 13th Street, Denver, CO  80204. Deadline for submissions is March 12, 2001.

The initiative, expected to start in the coming months, is free. Playwrights are not paid and do not get travel or housing expenses. The informal meetings are expected to be monthly.

There is no promise that anything will be produced, according to DCTC spokesman Chris Wiger, it's just "about playwrights getting together in a safe, creative environment." At present, the "Playwrights Unit" is not a permanent initiative; it's tied to grant money associated with playwright Hill's residency at the Tony Award-honored Denver Center Theatre Company.

Anyone is welcome to submit, but Colorado playwrights who live nearby are likely to be the most interested, since they are geographically closer to the troupe.

Hill's plays include Food from Trash, produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville; Soundbite and Back to the Blanket, produced at DCTC; Say Grace, produced at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco; and Inna Beginning, premiering at DCTC's Ricketson Theatre April 5.

Hill has been award grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship for American Playwrights.  He is currently in residence at DCTC as recipient of a National Theatre Artists Residency Program Grant, administered by Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the American theatre, and funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

— By Kenneth Jones