Thursday, January 5, 2012

Next meeting of Kentucky Playwrights

The new year is here. So resolve to join us this year in supporting new works for the stage. Kentucky Playwrights Workshop's first meeting of 2012 will be held this Sunday-- January 8, 2012-- from 2-5 pm at Common Grounds in Lexington. If you have questions or concerns please email us at See you on Sunday!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Frog’s Milk/Pump Works: An evening of …amphibians and septic tanks, stalled lives and jump starts…

Louisville) – The shadow of the frog that needs to be milked appeared in Nova Scotia and is about to appear at the Rudyard Kipling. A new theatre group, Frog Pump Productions, heads to the stage with an evening of amphibians and septic tanks, stalled lives and jump starts.

Performances of Rebecca Henderson and Heidi Saunders’ original contemporary play, FROG'S MILK/PUMP WORKS, are January 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m., and a 2:30 p.m. matinee on January 22, at The Rudyard Kipling Theater, 422 West Oak Street, Louisville 40203. Ticket prices are $15. Directed by Keith McGill, Frog’s Milk/Pump Works showcases actors Rebecca Henderson, Pattie Crawford, Jeremy Sapp, Tom Dunbar, and composer and keyboardist Frank Richmond. For tickets call 502-267-6915 or contact To reserve dinner before the show, call The Rudyard Kipling at 502-636-1311.

You do not need to be a frog-loving plumber to enjoy the show. Through the use of comedy, the play explores timeless themes of loss, grief, and the poignancy of hope. Three people meet over a septic tank and wind up filling more than the hole in the ground. “We meet these people at the point where their lives are about to change forever,” says director Keith McGill.

Playwright Heidi Saunders' win 2010 Kentucky Theatre Association was recognized as one of Kentucky's best playwrights that year; she has had staged readings at the South-eastern Theatre Association's annual meeting and at Alice Lloyd College. Rebecca Henderson’s work has been workshopped at Natasha's Theatre in Lexington to great acclaim. Both playwrights are members of the Kentucky Playwrights Workshop.

Frogs’ Milk/Pump Works by Rebecca Henderson and Heidi Saunders: January 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 PM, matinee January 22 at 2:30 PM. All performances will be presented at: The Rudyard Kipling Theatre, 422 West Oak St. Louisville, KY 40203

Admission $15

For tickets only contact or 502-267-6915

For dinner before the show and tickets call 502-636-1311

Thursday, December 8, 2011

KPW's on FACE BOOK and other announcements

We're on Face Book now. Just search for Kentucky Playwrights Workshop (KPW) and check us out!

Have news of interest to Kentucky playwrigts? Post it on our Face Book page.

The next meeting of KPW will be Sunday January 8th from 2-5 pm at Common Grounds in Lexington.

Want to join KPW? Send a check for $10 made out to KPW to PO Box 55222 Lexington, KY 40555

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

KPW New Play Contest Announced

The Kentucky Playwrights Workshop is holding a KPW New Play Contest. Deadline for submissions is midnight February 15, 2012. Up to seven new plays will be selected for a community reading in June of 2012 as a part of the Second Friday program at Berea Arts Council. In September 2012 a staged reading of the winning plays will be produced at Berea Arena Theater.

Any Kentucky Playwright Workshop(KPW) member is eligible to submit one ten-minute play. Any Kentucky resident or student attending a Kentucky college may become a member by including a $10 check, made out to KPW, with their submission.

According to contest coordinator, Trish Ayers, "One of the primary reasons for holding the contest is so that we can attract new members. Consequently, we are seeking outside judges and have arranged for public readings of the winning plays."

KPW New Play Contest Rules, 2012

1. Each member may submit one new ten-minute play with two to four characters which has not been published or fully staged. The entry should be emailed or postmarked by February 15, 2012. Each submission should include:
a. A cover page attached with a paper clip to the script which includes title of play, playwright name and contact information. Electronic submissions include this as a separate attachment.
b. One page with character descriptions
c. Maximum of ten pages of dialogue in standard play submission format (12 pt. Courier) the title of the play included on each page.
d. The title of the play included on each page of dialogue
e. Page numbers on each page of dialogue with the exception of the first page.
f. Only include name and contact information on cover page
2. Electronic or postal submissions will be accepted
a. Please submit electronic submissions in PDF or Microsoft Word to:
b. Please submit postal submissions to: KPW, PO Box 5522, Lexington, KY 4055
3. Scripts will not be returned
4. Submissions that do not follow these rules will not be considered.
5. Decisions of the judges are final.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Louisville Review Seeks 10-Minute Plays

The Louisville Review, a literary magazine published by faculty of Spalding University, is currently accepting playwriting submissions for a special Kentucky Writers edition. Please send your ten-minute plays or short one-acts to Amy Attaway, guest editor, at You may also submit online at

Writers must currently reside in Kentucky, or be from Kentucky, but the plays needn’t be about Kentucky. Plays must be previously unpublished, but it’s fine if they have been produced.

The submission deadline is November 1. Payment is in copies of the publication. The Kentucky-only edition will be published in winter 2012.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Kentucky Theatre Association Semi-Finalists Announced

The Kentucky Theatre Association has announced the semi-finalists in its annual play contest:

And I Love You Richard by Osunnike Robin Scott
SUMBAHDEE by Donna Phillips
Taking Stock by Trish Ayers
View From the Pews by Clara Harris
The Mantau Maker by Elizabeth Orendorf
Feral Cats by Heidi Saunders
Crossing the Line by Toni Wiley
The Pictures by Gary Eldridge
Jonah the Reluctant Prophet by Richard Neumayer
Soldier's Christmas by Philip Paradis

Donna Phillips, Heidi Saunders and Trish Ayers are all members of the Kentucky Playwrights Workshop.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Agenda for Annual Meeting, September 11

As of now the AGENDA for Kentucky Playwrights Workshop annual meeting of members to be held on Sunday September 11th, from 2-5 pm at Common Grounds in Lexington, KY is as follows:

I. Call to Order

II. Reading of Minutes of the Prior Meeting

III Treasurer's Report

IV. Determination of eligibility to vote

V. Election of Board members
Nominees to serve on the Board for the coming year are:
Trish Ayers
James Brown
Bill McCann
Heidi Saunders

VI. Schedule of Meetings

VII. Meeting Dates

VIII. Dues for 2011-2012

IX Report of the President

X Other Business

XI Adjournment