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Bring your story to life! Debra Rich Gettleman, award-winning journalist and playwright, will guide you to tell your story in this fun, fast-paced introduction to playwrighting. The class will focus on the 10-minute one-act play, an increasingly popular theatre genre. You'll learn to discover the kernels of truth in everyday reality that ignite compelling drama and comedy while also receiving specific instruction regarding structure and formatting to create your own 10-minute play. With a focus on finding your story, character development, and plot progression, this 6-week class will culminate with staged readings of every student's completed plays performed at The Black Box Theatre on campus. Each student will be assigned a professional director and cast for a Saturday night performance on Nov 18th at 8 pm.
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September 19, 2018 by James Spangler appearing in MyEdmondsNews.com
We all have a story to tell. You may not be ready to sit down and write the great American novel, but have you ever wondered what it might be like to have your story told on stage? Imagine sitting in the audience having your words brought to life, your play performed for all the world to see. Award-winning journalist and playwright Debra Rich Gettleman can make that happen for you. “There’s something magical about hearing your words spoken aloud,“ Gettleman said.
Invest in “Page To Stage” — six, two-hour sessions on Saturday mornings this fall, and by the time you’re done, your one-act, 10-minute play will be read in The Black Box Theater at Edmonds Community College. It’s a fun, fast-paced way to experience the craft of playwriting first hand.
“I’ve always loved to teach certain kinds of writing classes. This is an exciting format, allowing students to find their own story – their nuggets of truth. There’s no writing experience necessary. It’s a time for personal growth, and it’s fascinating to watch the student’s progress,” Gettleman said.
At $149 for the entire course, it’s affordable for most folks. “I love the idea of being able to give people a chance to learn something new, without it costing an arm and a leg,” Gettleman said.
This class and many others are set to begin right now. Edmonds Community College’s Community Education program offers a variety of opportunities for life long learning. For registration information and a full list of classes, including classes in the performing arts, photography, fine arts and writing, go to www.edcc.edu/comed
You may remember Gettleman from the terrific work that she’s done as an actor, playwright and managing director for the last two years at the Phoenix Theatre in Edmonds. Although she’s moved on, her play Twist of the Magi is returning by popular demand this holiday season.
As for her departure, “We just had fundamental differences about how to move forward. I didn’t think my vision was their vision. I still love them, and wish them well,” said Gettleman.
Direction for Magi will be provided by Ballyhoo Theatre’s Sheila Corey, whom Gettleman describes as “enormously talented, funny, and smart.” Corey has just completed casting for this year’s Twist of the Magi, and Gettleman couldn’t be happier with the results.
Also in the works for Gettleman, several auditions that she is excited about, several contract writing gigs, and a book. The book sounds like it might be similar to her hilarious blog, which can be found at www.uNmotherlyinsights.com
“Once you start registering the unusual quirky events in your life, you’d be surprised how much material that provides. I seem to be a magnet for the absurdities in life,” Gettleman quipped.
read the full Artfully Edmonds column by James Spangler here!