Welcome

Congratulations to all of our playwrights and supporters for participation in the 2015 Fertile Ground Festival!

Our February 17 table reading of one-act plays by Jacqueline Salkield, Kathleen Tomko and John Byrne will be held 7 p.m. in the third-floor conference room of Portland Center Stage. Please see our Events 2015 page (with a link to the right) for more information about that reading, and scroll down for more information about our group.

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PDX Playwrights is a group for playwrights who want to meet, hear their scripts read aloud, and share feedback.

Typically we have about a dozen people at each meeting: playwrights, actors, and friends. Plays are read aloud by whomever is at the table that night. We encourage you to attend our sessions even if you aren’t bringing a play. New readers are always welcome!

REGULAR PLAY-READING MEETINGS

Our regular readings occur on the first Tuesdays (and, for much of the year, third Tuesdays) of each month. We also hold fifth Tuesday workshops when applicable. These are open to anyone interested in hearing new work read aloud and learning more about PDXPlaywrights.

THIRD TUESDAYS HAVE RE-OPENED TO READINGS

In the first half of 2014, we reserved third Tuesdays of each month for pre-registered critique work. For at least the latter half of the year we suspended that format and re-opened those dates to regular open table readings as well.

(Previously, readings aloud did not occur at these “3T” sessions, which were for a limited number of typically more advanced writers who had become acquainted with the group, signed up via our online learning portal, and committed to participate in a series of meetings focused on writing as well as reading (and critiquing) longer works. In this format, participants would read excerpts from their scripts in advance, so the sessions were not open without pre-registration, in the way first Tuesday sessions are. However, newer participants were welcomed to rotate into this “3T” group as others completed drafts. We may re-institute this format, or a variation of it, in 2015 … but for now first AND third Tuesday sessions are open to all.)

Please see our Playwright FAQ page (from the link on the right of this page) for more details.

FIFTH TUESDAYS

When the month has a fifth week with a Tuesday, you’re in luck. We reserve these dates for one-night workshops or presentations about an element of playwriting. Past sessions have explored structure, dialogue, breaking plays in the development process and entering contests. When a fifth Tuesday approaches, check our events page.

TIME AND PLACE

The meetings run 7 to 9 p.m.  They are free, but a hat is passed to cover administrative costs (suggested donation $5). The location typically is one of two gathering places in or near downtown Portland. The February 17 reading will be held in the conference room of Portland Center Stage, 128 NW 11th Ave.

If interested in attending or submitting a play for our regular reading sessions, or if you have questions after visiting our information pages on this site, we welcome inquiries: info@pdxplaywrights.org or submit@pdxplaywrights.org