Playwright: From Page to Stage

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December 17, 2013
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Welcome everyone!

This is the final 2013 screening for ITVS' national series on the arts. Join an inspired panel discussion featuring the film's director, expert playwrights, and producers. Offer your questions to our panel and indulge in the dream of having your writing make it to the big stage.

Tuesday Dec. 17th at 10pm ET

Playwright: From Page to Stage

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Playwright: From Page to Stage

Two outstanding young playwrights — Tarell McCraney and Rajiv Joseph — are both hoping to create the next “great American play.” The film shows an intimate look at the development of their new plays, from the intense rehearsal process to achieving one of theater's ultimate goals: the arrival on a Broadway stage in New York City.

55min 32sec



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    Robert Levi


    Producer/Director, "Playwright: From Page to Stage." Robert Levi is an independent writer, director, producer and cinematographer. In 2008, "Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life" became the first show in broadcast history to receive three important awards in one year: the Emmy for Best Documentary, the Peabody Award, and the Writers Guild Award for Best Documentary Screenplay.

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    Rajiv Joseph


    Playwright, "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo"

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    Mara Isaacs


    Founder and Director, Octopus Theatricals LLC

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    Kwame Kwei-Armah


    Artistic Director, Center Stage (Baltimore)

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    David Dower


    Director of Artistic Programs, Emerson College

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    Jack Lechner


    Producer, “Playwright: From Page to Stage,” executive producer for the Oscar-winning documentary "The Fog of War." Jack Lechner is an independent producer of film and television, based at Washington Square Films in New York City; and a writer and lyricist, notably for the off-Broadway musical "The Kid."

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