The Irondale Ensemble Project is as close as we come these days to the Elizabethan acting companies that once presented Shakespeare’s plays to the Earl of Leicester, Sir Francis Drake and the Virgin Queen of England. ...What is on offer is the miracle of the word made flesh. I wish you joy in it.” —Lewis Lapham, editor of Lapham’s Quarterly
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PLAY PROJECT: A play reading series for kids and families

Irondale's Play Project - 2013 Series Winner



All I Really Need to Know I Learned From Being a Zombie

Written by Jason Pizzarello
Directed by Damen Scranton
All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Being a Zombie metaphorically addresses today’s chaotic, challenging world, and how we often don’t know where to turn for help. Little did we know that life’s most valuable lessons lie within the undead. Finally, zombies engage us with musings on life, death, and everything in between. They show us that brains aren’t everything... you are what you eat... and what doesn’t kill you makes you... more alive. Recommended for ages 9 to adult.

Jason Pizzarello’s All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Being a Zombie is the first recipient of the Play Project Workshop Award. The play, which was received to rave reviews in March 2013, has been further developed in a supportive environment at the Irondale Center.

June 14 | 7PM
June 15 | 2PM & 7PM
Adult Tickets $10 | Student Tickets $5 | IRONDALE MEMBERS FREE!
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About PLAY PROJECT

Each month a new play will be presented at Irondale directed by Ensemble members. Plays will be selected at least two months in advance of the proposed reading date (see submission and series announcement dates below.) Play submissions are accepted from any playwright. Chosen playwrights will receive an honorarium and are encouraged to engage in the rehearsal and performance process – rehearsals will be scheduled with each production team. Actors from the community, Irondale’s Academy, and Young Company are strongly encouraged to audition.

In Spring 2013 the Irondale Ensemble and other collaborators with choose one of four new plays in the series to be further developed. The play will be awarded a two-week workshop rehearsal period, a dramaturge, rehearsal space, and three public performances. Our hope is to develop a catalog of stories that need to be told, or old stories told in a new way that are appropriate, relevant, and enjoyable for young audiences, adults, and our community.

Kick Off Event - Tomato Plant Girl by Wesley Middleton
Directed by Amanda Hinkle
Performance: Saturday, October 13, 2012. 2:00 – 4:00PM

Play #1: Faraway Oranges by Vicki Haller Graff
Directed by Josie McAdam
Performance: Saturday, November 17, 2012. 2:00 – 4:00PM

Play #2: Zorah's Magic Carpet adaptation by Kimberly Shelby-Szyszko, book and illustrations by Stefan Czernecki
Directed by Amanda Hinkle
Performance: Saturday, December 8, 2012. 2:00 – 4:00PM

Play #3: All I Really Need to Know I Learned From Being a Zombie by Jason Pizzarello
Directed by Amanda Hinkle
Performance: Saturday, March 16, 2013. 2:00 – 4:00PM

Play #4: Miss Munkanoo & The Blustery Day by Elisabeth Orion-Gray and Fredricka Gray
Directed by Jim Niesen
Performance: Saturday, April 13, 2013. 2:00 – 4:00PM

Performance Workshop:All I Really Need to Know I Learned From Being a Zombie by Jason Pizzarello
Directed by Damen Scranton
Performances: Friday, June 14 at 7PM and Saturday, June 15 at 2PM and 7PM

Play submissions are finished for 2012-13 Season.
Please check back in June for information about next year's PLAY PROJECT

Play Submission Guidelines
• Play submissions are accepted from any playwright.
• New plays only – plays may have had readings or small workshops, but not formal productions.
• Adaptations of other authors’ works are eligible as long as playwright has the rights to adapt the material or material is in public domain.

Submitting Plays
Submissions should include a Submission Application as the first page.
Click Here for Submission Application

• The preferable submission method will be electronic, with script sent as a Word Document or PDF to PlayProject@irondale.org
• If by US Mail, submit a typed, unbound copy of the play to:
Irondale Playreading
85 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
• Scripts will not be returned unless requested by the playwright. If you would like your script returned to you, please send a SASE with your submission.

Questions? Email PlayProject@irondale.org or call Amanda at 718-488-9233 x.224

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