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William Barnett



Nationality:    USA
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Bill Barnett has won numerous awards for playwriting. His plays have been seen from coast to coast and in between; from, among others, The Judith Anderson Theatre , The Manhattan Repertory Theatre, The Pulse Theatre, and The York Theatre in New York, The Bucks County Repertory Theatre in New Hope, Pa., The Seneca Theater in Aubern, New York, The Dayton Playhouse in Dayton, Ohio, The Public Theater in Fort Lauderdale, Fl., and The New One Act Theater , The Actor's Alley Repertory Theatre, and The Flight Theatre, in Los Angeles, Ca. He is a graduate of Rutgers University, Yale Law School, and the BMI Musical Theatre Program and is a member of The Dramatists Guild and of The Michael Checkov Theatre Company. The audience reaction to one of the principal themes of Mr. Barnett's play "Even Hope Lays an Egg" prompted Mr. Barnett to acquire the rights to a book entitled Frigate by Martin Myers. Mr. Barnett is presently writing a new two act play called Ira and the Family Jewels which is partially based on Frigate as well as on the aforementioned theme.

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        Even Hope Lays an Egg

Even Hope Lays an Egg


Six Plays About Hope was our first Draft's Fest, the collaborative effort of six emerging playwrights, six imminent directors, and ten multifaceted actors. Each play was written specifically for The Drafts; playwrights were given randomly compiled cast lists and the theme hope plays before setting out to write them. All of the playwrights who participated in the Six Plays About Hope Draft's Fest were given the theme and two or three cast members before they started to write. They had one month to complete their short piece which was limited to ten minutes. Many of the playwrights met with their director and actors during the writing process in order to get to know the actors better. All of the actors "auditioned" for the playwrights, with one comedic and one dramatic monologue as well as a special skill, fact, or story they wanted to share about themselves. In this way, the playwrights grew to have some understanding of the actors' 'types' prior to writing. The theme chosen by the ensemble inspired a variety of writing, from dealing with grief and disappointment, to overcoming poverty and rowdy neighbors. Overall, we generated some exciting new work, and met playwrights who would become part of our work for years to come.

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