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The Dramaworkshop

The Dramaworkshop

Launched in fall of 2014, The Dramaworkshop receives play submissions each season from nationally recognized playwrights. Of these, a select number are chosen by our company of Resident Artists to move on to various phases of development such as Staged Readings, Workshops, and Studio or Main Stage Productions.

Edgar & Emily by Joseph McDonough, which was developed through The Dramaworkshop during the 2015-2016 season, will have its World Premiere at Palm Beach Dramaworks March 31 through April 22, 2018.


Bruce Linser

Bruce Linser

The Dramaworkshop Manager

Bruce Linser is an actor, director, musician, and theatre educator. He has been the Manager of The Dramaworkshop since February of 2017.


For information about supporting The Dramaworkshop programming, contact Bruce Linser at 561-514-4042 x117 or [email protected] Please note that script submissions are accepted through agents only. Unsolicited materials will not be considered.

Developmental Productions


Domestic Animals, The Dramaworkshop
Domestic Animals
Jan. 13 - Jan. 22, 2017

At the height of the Vietnam War, Lori's brother dodges the draft and her husband enlists. Left alone, she disappears into her imagination. Seduced by the comfort of her hallucinations, Lori risks giving over to her fantasy forever. A powerful look at love, family, trauma and healing, Jennifer Faletto's play explores the impact of war for the loved ones on the home front. Magical and heartfelt, Domestic Animals wakes our primal instincts and dares us to find our true pack.

Cast & Creative
Scenic Design Michael Amico
Costume Design Brian O'Keefe
Lighting Design David Nail
Sound Design Brad Pawlak
Buried Cities, The Dramaworkshop
Buried Cities
Apr. 6 - Apr. 17, 2016

Mia and Louis are held up at gunpoint in their home. Though they are unharmed, their marriage begins to fall apart in the weeks after as each tries to find safety in the world again. Their young nephew, Brandon, who mourns for a father who was lost to war, feels more real in the virtual world of war video games than in the actual world around him. And Leah, a shape shifter who is hiding her own deformity, moves between them all to help them find beauty in the monstrosity of that world. Buried Cities explores the lasting psychological effects of violence and what happens when we’re thrust into the role of victim and don’t react the way we’re “supposed to.”

Cast & Creative
Scenic Design Michael Amico
Costume Design Brian O'Keefe
Lighting Design Thomas Shorrock
Sound Design Brad Pawlak

Schedule

Trip to the Humana Festival of New American Plays
Trip to the Humana Festival of New American Plays
Apr 06 2018 10:00AM
The Humana Festival of New American Plays, located in Louisville KY, is the premiere event of its kind, celebrating some of the most talented voices in the American theatre. Each year, thousands of theatregoers come to Louisville for the opportunity to see groundbreaking works before they travel to stages across the nation and around the world. Experience these new plays before anyone else—and when they receive acclaim in New York, Chicago and further afield, you can take pride in having seen them first here at Actors Theatre.

Join William Hayes, Producing Artistic Director and Bruce Linser, The Dramaworkshop Manager
Friday, April 6 – Sunday, April 8 2018

INCLUDES: Tickets to 6 plays • 3 Continental Breakfasts • 3 Lunches • 2 Dinners • $500 VIP- level tax-deductible contribution to Palm Beach Dramaworks
COST: $1,200 per person
NOT INCLUDED: Your Round-Trip Transportation to Louisville and Hotel Accommodations

A deposit of $500 is due by February 1 to secure your reservation

Contact Leslie Mandell for more information
561.514.4042 x106
[email protected]

Tickets

Staged Reading: House on Fire
Staged Reading: House on Fire
Apr 13 2018   08:00 PM 
Apr 14 2018   08:00 PM 
Four-flushers and thieves abound in Fishtown, PA on the edge of the Delaware River as Coleman returns home to his dutiful brother Dale and their baseball-obsessed Old Man. When they find that he’s been followed by a one-armed grifter and his ethereally-empathic sister, secrets emerge from Coleman’s other life which make it increasingly difficult to tell who is running toward or away from whom. A darkly-comic twist on the Prodigal Son story, House on Fire is a moving and funny parable of love, resentment, family, and redemption. Lyle Kessler is a playwright, actor, and director in the Los Angeles and New York theatre where he moderated the playwright/directors unit of the Actors Studio West for eleven years and continues to moderate at the Actors Studio East. He is an actor/playwright member of the Labyrinth Theater Company and has served as Artistic Director of the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab. He also participated in the Sundance Screenwriters Conference in Hungary, working with writers from all over Eastern Europe. Mr. Kessler was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation playwriting grant and won the New York State Council on the Arts playwriting award. He and his wife, actress Margaret Ladd, are founders of the Imagination Workshop which creates scenes and original plays with psychiatric patients, veterans and “at risk” students in the L.A. Public schools. His plays have been published by Random House, Grove Press and Samuel French.

Tickets

Staged Reading: Koalas
Staged Reading: Koalas
Apr 20 2018   08:00 PM 
Apr 21 2018   08:00 PM 
The only thing more territorial than the escaped koala in Ray’s backyard is Ray himself. When his domain is unexpectedly invaded by his gender-nonconforming child and unemployed brother, Ray’s protectionism goes into overdrive. Stifled by rules learned from a rigid father and the potential trigger of his ever-present rifle, Ray could become his own worst enemy in his quest to maintain his visitation rights. How can a 20th-century veteran survive the dawning of the 21st? Koalas is a tragi-comic new play that explores the changing definition of what it means to be a man. J. Joseph Cox’s plays and screenplays have been produced and developed throughout the US and the UK. His full-length plays include, Thirst (Cold Basement Dramatics), St. Paulie’s Delight (Finalist Dayton Playhouse’s FutureFest, Semi-Finalist National Playwrights Conference, Great Plains Theatre Conference), and Koalas (Finalist National Playwrights Conference, Little Festival of the Unexpected, Something Marvelous Fest, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Finalist Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship). His one-act plays include A Very Busy Man and The 800 Pound Gorilla, both produced by The Artistic Home Studio in Chicago. Post-production was recently completed for the short film adaptation of A Very Busy Man. He is a graduate of the Second City Writing Program and is currently a Network Playwright with Chicago Dramatists and a member of the Dramatist Guild of America.

Tickets

* Presentations may include scene readings, video clips and, where applicable, musical numbers.

Founding Producers


Dramaworkshop Chair Mark Perlberg
Dramaworkshop Manager Bruce Linser
Founding Producers The Alper Family Foundation
Penny Bank
Susan Bloom
The Roe Green Foundation
Calla & Ralph Guild
Marilyn Meyerhoff & Sam Feldman
Nancy & Jay Parker
Lee Wolf & Jordan Cohen

Resident Artists


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