New Members and Visitors Welcome to any Meeting!

We meet every Monday night, 7:00 pm, in the rehearsal room of the
Temple of Music and Arts, 330 Scott Avenue, Tucson, Arizona.  
On the rare opportunity that we do not meet, we will notify our members in advance through email.   
Reminder: If you plan to renew your OPP membership, (and it is hoped you will!) remember that annual dues of $36 (prorated by month) are payable to treasurer, Phil Levere. 
You may conveniently bring your dues to the next OPP meeting!

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What is Old Pueblo Playwrights? Old Pueblo Playwrights (OPP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging the creation of new dramatic works by Arizona authors. Its members are writers -- both professional and aspiring -- who meet weekly to hear readings of their works and to discuss those works critically. OPP membership is open to any interested writers of dramatic works for stage, film, radio, or television (as well as to any other artists in those disciplines).   

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December 2019
December 30: OPP Fringe Festival Plays - run through with set changes
December 23: OPEN
December 16: OPEN
December 9: Pima Community College students present five 10-minute plays under direction of Chris Wil
December 2: OPEN

November 2019
November 25: OPEN
November 18: Board Elections
November 11: NO MEETING
November 4: Fringe Festival organization
October 2019
October 28: OPEN
October 21: 2 short plays; organization for Fringe Festival
October 14: more 10 minute play reviews for Fringe Festival
October 7: more 10 minute play reviews for Fringe Festival
September 2019
September 30: 10 minute play reviews for Fringe Festival
September 23:1-Act by Sydney Flynn plus two 10-minute plays for Fringe Festival
September 16:Gavin Kayner, Poetic Justice
September 9: Discussion about New Play Festival
September 2: NO MEETING (Labor Day Weekend)
August 2019
August 26: Phil Levere's, Baklava.
August 19: Dave Sewell's Ten Sixty-Six.
August 12: Phil Levere's Baklava and Mel  Hector's Well Wishes.
August 5:
JULY 2019
July 29:
July 22:
July 15: Gavin Kayner, lecture on 'Facilitating'.
July 1: works by Sydney Flynn and Gene Abravaya.

MAY 2019

MAY 6:  A VERY SPECIAL DOCUMENTARY FILM who’s subject matter will be of “The Group Theatre” & ideas that shaped Harold Clurman’s famous book “The Fervent Years”. The “Group Theatre” ensemble were responsible for changing theater in the United States to what it became and what it IS today...
(PLEASE, before anyone considers taking the evening off, think twice & know that THIS DOCUMENTARY should strike a cord in ALL of us, as it is very RELEVANT to the times we are currently living in! There are learning lessons for ANYONE who is working in theater in ANY way, shape form, title, or role.) All OPP Members AND Friends are not only invited but strongly encouraged to attend.
***A brief DISCUSSION will follow...

MAY 13:  Board Meeting; all welcome.

MAY 20:  “Bubbie’s Legecy”... A Full Length Play by Sheldon Metz (SECOND READING)...


April 29: OPEN

April 22: Full-length, St. Beseenya, by Met Hector
 April 15: NO MEETING

April 8: No meeting; tech rehearsal for New Play Festival

April 1: OPEN

March 25: Full-length, Bubbie's Legacy, by Sheldon Metz

March 18: Five minute short, Siri Waves Talmudic, by Carol Somer; ten minutes of a screenplay, The Inventor, by John Heyl, thirty-minute play, Poetic Justice, by Gavin Kayner.

March 11: Auditions for New Play Festival

March 4: Auditions for New Play Festival
Calling all Tucson Actors:

Open auditions for Old Pueblo Playwrights' 28th Annual New Play Festival will be held Monday, Mar. 4, and Monday, Mar. 11, at 7 pm in the Temple of Music and Art’s second-floor rehearsal space at 330 S. Scott Ave., Tucson.

Please bring a one-minute monologue to your audition if possible.

Each Festival play will have one staged reading. Actors perform script in hand, participate in a short talkback and receive a $25 honorarium. There may be opportunities to be cast in multiple plays.

Festival performances run April 10-14, 7 pm curtain for all evening shows, 2 pm curtain for the Saturday matinee, and a 2 and 5 pm curtain for the Sunday matinees.

We welcome actors of any age, ethnicity, or experience level are welcome but cannot accommodate children.

There is no need to pre-register but if your question can’t wait until March, contact OPP at 520-548-3484 or . Please do not contact me unless you are a member of the press or potential donor or sponsor!

Thank you and see you soon at the auditions!

February 25: 2nd read of Jesus Skipped Chicago by Eddie Young; there is space for a short play read here.

February 18:  Meeting is in the Art Gallery. 1st read of Who Murdered President Harding by John Vornholt

This is the last chance for a second reading for consideration for the New Play Festival.

February 11: Meeting is in the Art Gallery. 2nd read of Hawaii-Missile by John Cafiero and 2nd read of Hawaii Missile by Gretchen Wirges.
February 4:   2nd read, The Condemned by Phil Levere

January 28:  Second reading of The Ghost Underground by John Cafiero.
January 21:  2nd read, Ellen Craft by Reid Gilbert
January 14:  New version of The Thin Gray Line by Mel Hector
January 7:    Green Talk by Janet Smith


December 31:  New Year's Eve - no meeting
December 24:  Christmas Eve - no meeting
December 17:  2nd read, End Point, by Gavin Kayner
December 10:  2nd read, You. No. Me. by Richard Thompson and Hawaii-Missile by John Cafiero
December 3:    Second reading of David Youngerman's Hawaii-Missile.

November 26
: First reading of Eddie Young's new play.
November 19:  The Rug Burn, by Eddie Young; Don't Squeeze The Daymaker by Vince Flynn, and Telling Mrs. Fairchild by Sydney Flynn.
November 12:  Annual Elections and OPEN for a reading
November 5:    A play by Mel Hector
October 29:      1st read, You. No. Me. by Richard Thompson
October 22: First reading of a thirty-minute play by David Youngerman. This play will use the same setting and time frame as the short plays by Gretchen Wirges, who wrote the original, and Mel Hector. They take place in the short period during which people of Hawaii thought they were under attack and about to die.
October 15: 1st read, Every Cat is an Angel by Manuel Peterson
October 8:   1st read, 10 minute play by John Heyl and a thirty-eight minute play by Mel Hector.
October 1:   1st read, new short plays by Gavin Kayner and Mel Hector

September 24:   3rd read, Thin Grey Line by Mel Hector
September 17:   Phil Levere, The Condemned
September 10:   Full-length by Dave Sewell
September 7-8:  SPECIAL EVENT: Friday evening, all day and evening Saturday. High School Play-in-a day with Tucson Fringe and ATC.
September 3:     Labor Day, no meeting

August 27: A workshop on writing exposition, presented by John Vornholt
August 20: A second reading of Reid Gilbert's play, Ellen Craft
August 13: A new full-length play by Gretchen Wirges
August 6:   A new full-length play by John Cafiero

July 30: 2nd read, Accommodations, by Gavin Kayner
July 23: 1st read screenplay, Magdalina, by John Heyl
July 16: 1st read, The Great Carlo Vinci, The Animator, by Kathy Conte.
July 9:   3rd read, The Thin Gray Line, by Mel Hector
July 2:  Audition, by Gretchen Wirges.

June 25: 2nd read, Dusk, by Ellen D'Acquisto
June 18: 3rd read, Green Talk, by Janet Smith
June 11: A new full-length play by Gretchen Wirges.
June 4:   Accommodations, by Gavin Kayner

May 21: Looking for the Right One, by David Youngerman, 2nd read
May 14: New 30-minute play by Mel Hector
May 7:   Eddie Young presents a workshop based on teachings from his studies of drama and directing in California.

April 30: The Thin Grey Line, Mel Hector, 8-minute play by Ellen D'Acquisto
April 23: Open
April 16: Sunset Song,  by Ellen D'Acquisto
April 9:   New Play Festival Week
April 2:   Flight Plan by Richard Thompson

March 26: Of Heaven and Hell by Charly van den bergh
March 19
38 to Life, by Gretchen Wirges
March 12: A play by David Youngerman; a play by Gavin Kayner
March 5:   The Rug Burn by Eddie Young

February 26:  Thin Grey Line by Mel Hector
February 19:  2nd read, Green Talk by Janet Smith.
February 12:  Auditions for New Play Festival
February 5:    Cut off for readings eligible for New Play Festival, April 9-15
                       Things Hoped For, by Sydney Flynn, second read; 10 minute play by Gretchen Wiges

January 29:   2nd read, new play by Charly van den Bergh
January 22:   2nd read, new play by Eddie Young
January 15:   The Violin, Charly van den Bergh, 2nd read
January 8:     Mountains of Jupiter,  John Cafiero, 3rd read
January 1:     NO MEETING

December 25: NO MEETING
December 18: Cupcake, a new play by Gretchen Wirges. Also, first read, a play by Eddie Young.
December 11: Silly String Theory, John Vornholt, 2nd read
December 4:   Invisible Business, Pam Burris and Grace Fryberger, 2nd read

November 27: New play by Eddie Young
November 20: New play by Sydney Flynn, first read
November 13: Ten by 4 Evening for members (ALSO OPP ANNUAL ELECTIONS)
November 6:   Ten by 4 Evening for non-members

October 30:     Mother's Home, Gavin Kayner
October 23:     Happy Trees, Gretchen Wirges, Happy Trees, second read
October 16:     The Mountains of Jupiter, by John Cafiero, second reading
October 9:       A play by Charly van den Bergh, first read
October 2:       Invisible Busine$$, by Pam Burris and Grace Fryberger, first read

September 25: Identity Crisis, by Gavin Kayner, second reading
September 18: Janet Smith, Green Talk
September 11: a play by Reid Gilbert

September 4: OPEN

August 28: OPEN

August 21:
Scott Charles, who wrote Dinners With Augie, will visit OPP as part of the OPP lecture series to which members and non-members are cordially invited. Dinners With Augie will be presented at the Cabaret Theater August 17-20 and 24-27.
August 14: OPEN
August 7:   First reading of Identity Crisis, a play by Gavin Kayner.

July 31:
Mel Hector will present a reading of his play, St. Beseenya.

July 24: a new 10 X 4; Gretchen Wirges is in charge.
July 17: Reading and discussion of a revised play by Sydney Flynn.
July 10: Neil Simon: Crafting Comedy. We will read scenes from 'Visitor From Forest Hills'.

June 26:
June 19: Open
June 12: Reid Gilbert will present a workshop on Asian theater.
June 5:   John Cafiero, The Mountains of Jupiter, full-length, first read.

May 29: Open. This is Memorial Day. No meeting.
May 22: Gretchen Wirges will bring her full-length play, Happy Trees, for a first reading.
May 15: Janice Ambrose, new play
May 8
OPP Non-Members' Ten By Four:
            Scott Berg
            Cheryl Blum
            John Cafiero
            MaryAnn Green
            Facilitator: Dave Sewell

May 1: OPP Members'  Ten By Four:       
            Vince Flynn
            Reid Gilbert
            Erin Hepler
            Gretchen Wirges
            Facilitator: Sydney Flynn

April 24: John Heyl will bring a revised version of his one-act play, The Stuff In The Garage, for a second reading.
April 17: Gavin Kayner will bring a reworked version of his full-length play, An Indiscretion.
April 10: Dave Sewell will bring two short plays by Bertolt Brecht for reading and discussion.
April 3: First reading of a full-length play by Drew Berns, one of our newest members.

March 27: We will take five of the most memorable characters (male or female, protagonist or antagonist) from known, published work for analysis. What famous character excites you the most? Amanda Wingfield? Stanley Kowalski, Lady Macbeth, Willy Loman, Hedda Gabler, Sir John Falstaff, Lady Bracknell, Big Daddy Pollitt, Lysistrata, Lennie Small, The Good Woman of Szechuan? What makes them tick? How does their character drive the action of the play.?. Are the other characters merely supporting roles, or do they play a huge part (literally) in the principal’s character arc? What makes them enduring?

March 13: First reading of a play by Gavin Kayner.
March 6
   A discussion on techniques of play criticism.

February 27:    First reading of a short radio play, Murchison and Ivy, by Dave Sewell.
February 20:    A discussion, Vision 2017, chaired by OPP President Dave Sewell and open to all members and potential members. A further note from Dave on the discussion has been forwarded to everyone. Please come and bring ideas and suggestions.
February 13: No Meeting
February 6
   First reading of Return Of the Amazing Buckaroos by John Vornholt.

January 30: First reading of The Stuff In The Garage by John Heyl plus discussion of New Play Festival.
January 23: 
Mokosza And The Mountain, a new full-length play by Klara Wojtkowska; second reading.
January 16: 
Tech week for NPF.
January 9:   
Rehearsal space if needed; no meeting.
January 2:    Organizational/scheduling meeting for writers and directors of the NPF.
Time to renew memberships and pay dues ($36.)

December 5:   
Auditions for New Play Festival
December 12: Mokosza And The Mountain, a new full-length play by Klara Wojtkowska.  
December 19: no meeting.
December 26: no meeting.

November 7:
A short radio play by John Vornholt and The Boy Who Cried Wolf, by Sheldon Metz.
November 14: Second reading of short plays by Leslie Powell and Ron Pullins.

We will also have board elections this evening. Consider volunteering for office or think of someone you'd like to nominate.
November 21: 
Third reading of Phil Levere's full-length play, One Gray Spot.
This is the deadline for reading plays for New Play Festival.
November 28: 
Reid Gilbert led a workshop on "Acting Interruptions."

October 10: The second reading of Gavin Kayner's play, The Gravedigger's Lament.
October 17: A full-length play, Sir Gawain, by Ron Pullins.
October 24: "So You've Written A Play. Now What?", a panel discussion presented by OPP members. 

The New Play Festival will be the week of January 16 at the Cabaret Theater