What 76 (now 77!) playwrights writing in a window looks like.
Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis
Playwright, lyricist and book writer Kait Kerrigan
Playwright Robert Attenweiler
Playwright David Caudle and actress Erin Wilhelmi (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
The Unknown Playwright who writes despite the odds and often without acknowledgement.
Playwright Sheri Graubert and observers
A couple fans bought Crystal Skillman's play Cut while she was writing a new play in the window.
Playwright Diane Exavier
There are just a few days left of Theaterspeak's Write Out Front which put over 76 playwrights in the window of the Drama Book Shop, and not only was space created and new plays written, but a ten-year-old boy visiting from Buffalo was given the opportunity to jump in the window and see what it was all about.

I found him and his dad outside the installation in front of the large monitor displaying the new play that Chris Van Sander was writing and he told me he wanted to be a playwright, screenwriter and director. I invited him to come back before the store opened the next day and Write Out Front.

Bright and early Monday morning he showed up and asked if he should write about 1) Bob Dylan 2) a couple of bank robbers or 3) Freddie Mercury. (We also discussed the movies Dog Day Afternoon and Reservoir Dogs - both of which he'd seen). He decided to write about the bank robbers and set it in 1972. After his writing session, he joined more than 70 award-winning and up-and-coming writers in signing the desk.

This was one of the highlights of Write Out Front and I wanted to share it with you and thank you for all the enthusiasm and support that's been given this project.

If you're in the neighborhood, stop by and say hi. We'll be here until 7pm, Saturday September 1st. You can find more information at Theaterspeak. If you'd like to support this and future events (next one: Valentine's Day!), you can contribute at Indiegogo until midnight Thursday, August 30th (and get cool stuff) as well as the Theaterspeak website.

If you can't stop by, here's a sneak peak into how Theaterspeak supports playwrights and new work:
  1. Playwright arrives and is greeted warmly.
  2. Their laptop is oh-so-lovingly hooked up to the 40" monitor that will display the screen shot of their computer onto the street
  3. They are offered coffee (compliments of Signature Theatre Company) and water.
  4. They donate an inspirational image to the communal Wall of Inspiration which is visible to the street.
  5. They are left "alone" in the window.
  6. They are photographed, Instagrammed, Tweeted, and Facebooked.
  7.  After their writing session (1 hour and 45 minutes), they are interviewed on camera about what it's like to write in a window.
  8. They choose between a gold or silver Sharpie and add their signature to the desk.
  9. They write inspiring words for the next writer on a poster board which will be donated to Voices Inside/Out (a playwriting program for prisoners in a medium security prison).
  10. Sometimes hugs happen.
  11. Space was created, new work happened and playwrights were Write Out Front.
The participating playwrights
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