ALAP September 2017 NewsFlash


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- Self-Producing Workshop!
- ALAP's Big Fall Event: Dramapalooza X3!
- The Genesis of a New ALAP Program
- ALAP Presents C. Bernard Jackson Award
- Is ALAP Up to Date?

- New Works Lab Update
- NewsFLASHes

Self-Producing Workshop September 9

ALAP member Gregory Crafts will conduct a workshop titled Sometimes You Have to Do It Yourself on Saturday, September 9 at 2:00 PM.

Greg is a self-taught Dramatists Guild playwright -- and Managing Director of Theatre Unleashed -- with three published titles under his belt and a long history of successful productions for most of his body of work. He's mounted productions in Los Angeles, San Diego, and New York, and his scripts have gone on to be produced around the world.

In this two-hour workshop, he'll talk about the self-producing process, and will address a wide range of critical topics such as finding the right venue, budgeting, fundraising, marketing, and why you should never direct and/or star in your own play!

Saturday, September 9, 2017
2:00 - 4:00 PM
520 North Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Street parking on the side streets in the neighborhoods off Western
This event is FREE but RSVP is essential. Send an email to with your full name and the number of people in your party.
Reservations close at 6:00 PM on Friday, September 8.

ALAP's Big Fall Event: Dramapalooza X3!

In the beginning was Dramapalooza!: Lifetime Member Catherine Pelonero came up with the name for our first "Big Fall Event" back in 2004. In the fall of 2005, we produced the last of the ALAP Expos, and when it came time for our second "Big Fall Event" in 2006 we called it Dramapalooza! again. For the ten events since then, we've tried to top ourselves each time with a clever title -- Dramageddon, Dramalicious, Drama Lama Ding Dong -- but now, when many of us feel the need for comfort and a return to order and rationality, we're going back to our roots -- get ready for Dramapalooza X3!

Dramapalooza X3! takes place on Saturday, October 7, and features a full day's worth of programs.

We'll start with a 9:30 AM continental Welcome Breakfast of muffins, coffee, and tea, getting attendees amped up for the 10:00 AM Producer/ Director/ Playwright Exchange, in which up to 40 participants get two minutes each to make a presentation, followed by an hour or so of informal networking.

The Playwright's Playpen starts at 1:00 PM: four ALAP member playwrights each get the chance to work with four actors hired by ALAP on whatever they wish for a 40-minute session.

Also starting at 1:00 PM is a new program called Other Voices, Our Voices, which will culminate with a public presentation at 3:30 PM. Read the story about it below!

At 4:00 PM, it's time to be entertained by the 2017 Play Reading Festival. Five short plays chosen by a panel of judges will receive rehearsed readings by a group of fabulous actors.

The day comes to an appropriately bibulous end with a 5:30 PM networking Cocktail Party at a private home in West Hollywood about a mile from Plummer Park. The party will honor ALAP Lifetime Members, who are invited as guests, with others welcome to attend for $10. (Studies have shown that moderate drinking not only makes you healthier, but also makes you a better playwright...)

The Other Voices, Our Voices presentation and the Play Reading Festival are FREE and open to all, no reservations needed. If you wish to participate in the Exchange, the Playwright's Playpen, or the Other Voices, Our Voices workshop, or attend the Cocktail Party, advance registration is required. Please click the appropriate links below for more info, or visit the website and download the Programs and Procedures page or the Cocktail Party invitation.

See you on October 7!

Saturday, October 7, 2017
9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Plummer Park Community Center
7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood
(Parking lots off both Santa Monica and Fountain; please note 3-hour time restriction in the Santa Monica lot. Street parking is also available, but make sure to read signs.)

5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Private home in West Hollywood
Address will be sent when we receive your paid reservation.


Here's the breakdown of the day by event and time:

9:30 AM
Breakfast for Exchange participants

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Producer/ Director/ Playwright Exchange
Up to 40 participants will have 2 minutes each -- time limit strictly enforced! -- to make a presentation to the group. You can talk about anything you wish -- pitch a new play, talk about who you are, list your credits and awards. Directors often discuss how they work with playwrights. Producers and Artistic Directors may tell the group what kind of work they're looking for. Whatever. Informal networking follows the presentations.

Advance registration required: click here for details.

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch! Bring your own and eat in the park, or grab a sandwich or salad from Trader Joe's across the street or from FOODLAB down the block.

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Playwright's Playpen
Four ALAP members each get a 40-minute slot in which they get to work with four actors hired by ALAP. Playwrights can do whatever they like: hear the actors read a new short play... try out different versions of a scene... you decide. It's your Playpen!
Advance registration required: click here for details.

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Other Voices, Our Voices Workshop
Six ALAP Diversity Fellow playwrights brainstorm and write with six actors hired by ALAP, to come up with six 2-minute monologues.
For more info on this new program, read the story below!
Advance registration required: click here for details.

3:30 PM - 3:55 PM
Other Voices, Our Voices Presentation
Six monologues devised by ALAP Diversity Fellow playwrights and performed by six actors.

FREE and open to the public. Limited seating, first-come, first-served.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2017 Play Reading Festival
Rehearsed readings of five short plays chosen by a panel of judges. Submissions are in the hands of the judges now, and the chosen plays will be announced shortly.

FREE and open to the public. Limited seating, first-come, first-served.
Please note
: the plays chosen for the Festival will also be presented at a reading in New York on Monday, October 16, produced by ALAP Vice Chair Rose Desena. Details to follow when the plays are announced.

5:30 - 7:00 PM
Cocktail Party Honoring ALAP Lifetime Members
Enjoy drinks, nibbles, networking, and fun conversation at a private home in West Hollywood not far from Plummer Park, while paying tribute to ALAP's Lifetime Members.
RSVP Required: Click here for details.

As always, ALAP will provide Elijah's Table at Dramapalooza X3. This table will be available for members who wish to display flyers, postcards, and other promotional materials for upcoming productions or readings, or for theatre-related services or classes they offer. The two rules are (1) only projects involving current members may be promoted, and the member's name must be prominently featured on the flyer or postcard, and (2) promotional materials must be reasonably sized, i.e., postcard or half-sheet at the largest, since space is limited.

ALAP is a volunteer organization, and we need help putting on the event. If you can give us some time -- to help set up or strike, to staff the ALAP table, to be a general helper-outer, we'd really appreciate it. Please write and let us know!

Other Voices, Our Voices --
How It Came About

ALAP loves old white guys; two of us run the group. Many of our members are old white guys, and we love all of them. Well, actually we don’t love all of them, but that’s another story. Whatever.

ALAP loves its female members. They make up almost half the membership, and more than half our Vice Chairs, and in recent years they’ve been making more and more of an impact on ALAP. Which we think is a good thing.

ALAP also loves its young members, and its members of color, and its members with disabilities, but we realized they were underrepresented in our membership. So about a year ago, we launched a Diversity Initiative, with the intention of making our membership more diverse – in age, ethnicity, gender, disability, what-have-you – a goal we think will benefit everyone.

We’ve made a good start, and this year, at the fall event, we’re going to celebrate a bit with a new program. It’s called Other Voices, OurVoices, which echoes ALAP’s longest-running program, the reading series In Our Own Voices. It’s being organized by ALAP Vice Chair Lesley Asistio and one of ALAP’s first ten Diversity Fellows, Christopher Belen Aguilar.

The program will start at 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 7. Six playwrights from our Diversity Outreach will take part, along with six actors. They’ll brainstorm and write, and at 3:30 PM, the actors will present a series of short monologues developed with the playwrights during the workshop. The presentation will be FREE and open to the public, and will immediately precede the 2017 Play Reading Festival, which starts at 4:00 PM.

We hope you’ll join us for Other Voices, Our Voices to hear what some of our newer members have to say. And then stay for the 2017 Play Reading Festival: the submissions are in the hands of the judges right now, so we don’t know whose plays will be chosen, but there’s a good chance at least one play by an old white guy will be chosen. So everyone will most likely get their say. Okay? Okay.

C. Bernard Jackson Award

ALAP will present the C. Bernard Jackson Award to the USC School of Dramatic Arts Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing program.

ALAP created the C. Bernard Jackson Award to recognize individuals and organizations which have nurtured, developed, and supported the playwrights of Los Angeles and/or playwriting in Los Angeles. It was conceived, not as a competition, but rather as a way for LA playwrights to periodically say "thank you" to a deserving party.

The award was named for its initial recipient, the late Jack Jackson, who founded the Inner City Cultural Center. Subsequent winners have included Highways, The Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater Projects, FirstStage, Paula Holt, Celebration Theatre, and Playwrights' Arena.

The Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing was founded in 1990 by ALAP Lifetime Member Velina Hasu Houston, who is still on its faculty, along with Oliver Mayer, Paula L. Cizmar (one of ALAP's first Co-Chairs), and Honorary ALAP Member Luis Alfaro.

The Award will be presented at a gala on Saturday, November 4, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Inner City Cultural Center.

Is ALAP Up to Date?

As you may have read in my note in the last newsletter, I've had some physical "issues" over the past few months, and consequently I fell behind on a lot of things -- including processing ALAP memberships.

By the end of this week, everything should be up to date, but to be sure...

If you joined ALAP or renewed your membership in the past several months, and have not received your membership card by next week, please let me know. ALSO, when you get your card, please log in to the website, click "Edit Member Page" and check your "Expiry Date" (at the top of the page) -- if it doesn't match the date on your membership card, please let me know that too.

You can reach me by writing

Thanks -- and I look forward to seeing you at Dramapalooza X3!

Dan Berkowitz


As the NewsFlash goes to press, LATC is reviewing the (record number of) submissions it received, and will soon announce its choice for a Lab in the early fall.

ALAP's New Works Lab Coordinator Jonathan Munoz-Proulx reports that submission announcements will soon go out for Labs with ARC, Celebration Theatre, and EST/LA.

Later in the fall, a submission call will be sent for a Lab with Watts Village Theatre Company.

It's going to be a busy year for the Lab, so watch for those announcements and make sure to heed the deadlines!

For details and guidelines about the Lab, click "New Works Lab" in the navigation column to the left.


Politically Incorrect Photo #1: Vice Chair Lesley Asistio tells Co-Chairs and White Guys Jon Dorf (L) and Dan Berkowitz they can't participate in Other Voices, Our Voices.

Politically Incorrect Photo #2: Lesley has somehow figured out the ubiquitous White Guy secret signal and appropriates it for her own use.


PLEASE NOTE: The NewsFlash and the weekly Member News Email can only publicize your writing. However, if you're acting in a show... or have directed one... or whatever... feel free to post it on ALAP's Facebook page!

UPCOMING: THRU SEP 10: Peter Colley's I'll Be Back Before Midnight, Classic Theatre Festival, 54 Beckwith Street East, Perth, ON, 877-283-1283... SEP 8-10: Lesley Asistio's Nurse Asistio: Living the Filipino American Dream!, Chromolune Theatre at the Attic, 5429 West Washington Boulevard, click here for tix... SEP 18: Dean Farell Bruggeman's Beautifully Broken Things (reading), Hudson Backstage, 6539 Santa Monica Boulevard, SEP 29-NOV 11: Jonathan Josephson's Thoth's Labyrinth, Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery, 2300 North Marengo Avenue, Altadena, click here for tix... OCT 5-29: Peter Colley's Cagney (book), El Portal, 5269 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, 818-508-4200
CONGRATS: To Alpha Blair, whose Escape! won Best Alternative/ Social Short Screenplay at Action On Film International Film Festival and Writers Celebration in Las Vegas... Diana Burbano, whose Policarpa was read at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Aug, and Fabulous Monsters was read at San Diego Repertory in Sep... Vincent Terrell Durham and Scott Mullen, who both had plays in Summer Shortcuts at Open Eye Theater, Margaretville, NY in Aug... David Lewison, who had eight short plays done (in Korean) at Incheon Arts Platform, Incheon, South Korea in Aug... Thomas J. Misuraca, whose Shark Week was done at Planet Ant Theatre, Hamtramck, MI in Aug... Felix Racelis, whose Fearless Bloodsuckers of Hollywood was read at Theatre Unlimited in Jul... Ladd R. Sullivan, whose Juliet & Romeo was read at Two Roads Theatre in Aug... Ian Patrick Williams, whose Normal Shnormal received the 1st Place Gold Quill Award at the Playwright's Festival in Tehachapi...

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