In this week-long developmental play laboratory, the work is writer-focused and writer-driven. Equipped with a generous and talented creative team, playwrights have the opportunity and support to go deep into the exploration of their new scripts. The Lab is truly developmental in that there is no final reading or showcase. The work is solely about process. It is a rare experience for a playwright to be given so many resources without also having the pressure of impending audiences, ticket sales, and reviews. The SLAC Lab’s use of what we call ‘resource artists’ – specialists in various artistic mediums (storytelling, musical composition, dance, visual art, etc.) who are available to the playwrights as they explore and experiment – is another unique component of this program. The SLAC Lab has lovingly been called “theatre camp for grown-ups” and we think that’s pretty apt.
The rigorous week-long SLAC Lab includes dedicated rehearsal time, daily community meals, and presentations and workshops from each of the resource artists, which gives the playwrights opportunities to consider various artistic avenues they might not normally explore. SLAC is very proud of this venture and its huge contributions to the exciting world of new plays. Check out American Theatre's feature on our 2016 Playwrights' Lab: Salt Lake Acting Company Playwrights' Lab Promotes Playtime.
SLAC gratefully acknowledges the National New Play Network for their support of the 2018 SLAC Lab.
2018 SLAC Lab | February 19 - 25, 2018
SPARKS FLY UPWARD by Eleanor Burgess
Director - Tlaloc Rivas
Dramaturg - Megan Monaghan Rivas
Actors - Latoya Cameron, Tony Campisi, Merry Magee, Topher Rasmussen, William Richardson
Stage Manager - Ash Crystal
DEATH OF A DRIVER by Will Snider
Director - Kareem Fahmy
Dramaturg - Alexandra Harbold
Actors - Cassandra Stokes-Wylie, Patrick Ssenjovu
Stage Manager - Jennie Sant
Adam Booth (Storyteller)
Mark Bly (Dramaturg)
David Kranes (Playwright/New Play Development Guru)
Camille Litalien (Movement Specialist)
Shannon Robert (Scenic Design)
Steffan Soule (Stage Magician)