Judson Arts’ playwright development program selects one writer or writing team each month, offering 15 hours of free rehearsal time and space, and culminating in a Loft party packed with drinks, food, and a brand-spanking-new play or thing that looks nothing like a play. The art is often raw and unready, just how we like it.

Every Third Wednesday of each month:
Doors open at 55 Washington Square South at 7pm
Free drinks and vittles until the show at 8pm

This Month's Magic Time Happening,
Wednesday, April 16th:

Stephen Kaplan's LA CASA DE SCHWARTZ


The Schwartz family were Russian Jews who lived in a house in Barrio Logan in San Diego, CA in 1930. The Flores family moved from Mexico and lived in the same house in 1960. In 2014, D.J. Schwartz knocks on the door to meet the house's current inhabitants. He discovers that no one has really left the house...Ever.


Stephen Kaplan (Playwright) grew up in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles and wrote his first play, AND JACK CAME TUMBLING AFTER (Old Globe Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre and HERE and Lincoln Center Theatre’s American Living Room Series) when he was 15. The play won the California as well as Blank Theatre Company’s Young Playwright’s Contests and led him to write his next play, SELF ADDRESSED, which was produced by the Blank in addition to being presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Since then he has written IN MRS. BAKER’S ROOM (Commission: Abingdon Theatre Company, Winner: Father Hamblin Award for Outstanding Playwriting); A REAL BOY (Semi-Finalist: PlayPenn, Ashland New Play Festival, MTWorks’ Newborn Festival); EXQUISITE POTENTIAL (Winner: NJ Playwrights Contest (w/production), Dezart Performs’ Reading Series (w/production) and Across the Generations New Jewish Play Festival, Finalist: Woodward/Newman Drama Award; Semi-Finalist: Seven Devils Theatre Conference); WHEN THE MAYONNAISE GOES BAD (written with Will Nolan); THE BOOK OF DANIEL (Winner: New American Comedy Showcase Award); TIM ELESS, PRIVATE EYE (with Noah Wyle @ Blank Theatre Company); DREAMS OF REASON (Northwestern University); OH, HAPPY WE (The Theatre-Studio); and SIX SENIORS IN SEARCH OF AN ENDING (a special commission written for President Bill Clinton). Stephen earned his BFA from NYU (Playwrights Horizons and CAP21) and is finishing his MA in Theatre Studies at Montclair State University. He served as Chair of the theatre program at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (the “Fame” school) and now teaches at Bergen County Academies in New Jersey where he lives with his husband and son. www.bystephenkaplan.com

John Michael DiResta’s (Director) work as a director focuses on new work development and theater for social justice. Recent credits include THE DRUNKEN CITY (Steppenwolf Theater Garage), THE MEMORY TAX (The Araca Project), SCENES FROM THE MIDDLE VOICE AND FAVORITES (Rising Phoenix), YELLOWFACE, LYLE THE CROCODILE, THE ROMEO AND JULIET PROJECT, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, THE NORMAL HEART, BIG QUESTIONS (Northwestern University), THE INSURGENTS (New Dramatists), A CRACK IN THE CANVAS, BISEXUALITY IS FOR TEENAGERS, WATCHING THE THUNDER (MCC Theater FreshPlay), JUMP INTO THE ABSCESS (Where Eagles Dare Theater), CUDDLE WARS (Pillow Talk) and BACK TO SOCIETY (Abrons Arts Center). Assistant Director: SKYLIGHT (Court Theater), THE VERONA PROJECT (American Music Theater Project), JUDGMENT DAY (Bard Summerscape) and KILLERS AND OTHER FAMILY (Rattlestick Theater). Dramaturge: FUR (Access Theater), THE WILD DUCK (Bard Summerscape). John was the producer of the MCC Theater Youth Company from 2007-2010, and is also a teaching artist and writer. www.jmdiresta.com.



Judson Memorial Church is located at 55 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012.

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