Telluride Playwrights Festival, July 6-14

Telluride Playwrights Festival, July 6-14

by Jennie Franks

Tpf_logo_1 SPARKY PRODUCTIONS is pleased to announce the line up for the 3rd Annual TELLURIDE PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL from 6th – 14th July at the historic Sheridan Opera House.

As resident dramaturg for this year’s festival HEATHER HELLINSKY will work with playwrights TODD KREIDLER and JAN BUTTRAM.   Heather has worked extensively with up and coming playwrights from all over the country.   She received her MFA in Dramaturgy from ART/MXAT Institute for the Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard and is a member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.    This past year she was Resident Dramaturg for the Pittsburgh Public Theater where she has just finished working on Rob Zeller’s world premiere play Harry’s Friendly Service.

Playwright TODD KREIDLER’S new play "A Small Legacy" is a prodigal son’s story.  He is currently Associate Artistic Director of True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta and he is also co- writing the book for a new musical "Ivory Joe Cole."  Mr. Kreidler was Associate Artistic Director of August Wilson’s 20th Century at the Kennedy Center last spring.  He began working with August Wilson during the 1999 world premiere of "King Hedley ll" and continued working with him in theaters all over the country including Seattle Rep, Mark Taper Forum and Centre Stage in Baltimore.   Kreidler’s play "Stayers And Goers" was part of the Public Exposure reading series at the Pittsburg Public Theater last fall.  His new play "A Small Legacy" is one part of a nine play series on small towns in America.

Playwright JAN BUTTRAM began her career as an actor.   Her plays have been produced extensively in New York at the Circle Rep Lab, La Mama, Pulse Ensemble Theatre and the Abingdon Theatre Company, which introduced her ‘comedy with hymns’ "Glory Girls."   Her play "Texas Homos" (directed by Tony® award winner Melvin Bernhardt) was presented on Abingdon’s mainstage and is published by Smith and Kraus in Best New Playwrights of 2005.  HX Magazine nominated "Texas Homos" as the “Best Gay Themed Play of the Season."    Her new play to be read at the festival is “The Phantom Killer” and is based on a true story in Texas.

Telluride Playwrights Festival brings playwrights and actors together to work on developing new plays.    During the course of the festival the public is encouraged to attend workshops in acting and writing together with professional actors and playwrights and also to attend FREE readings of the plays downstairs at the Sheridan Opera House, to give the playwrights feedback.

ACTING WORKSHOP 8-10p.m. Wed. 8th July. $10
WRITING WORKSHOP 8-10p.m. Thurs 9th July $10
Or $18 for both workshops.

FREE PUBLIC READINGS Mon 13th & Tues 14th  at 7p.m.


EVENT INFO –  Katie Jewett @ 708 2839
PRESS INFO -     Jennie Franks @ 708 2372 or

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