Fun, BBQ and Business in Kansas City
- Granting $70K in Playwright Commissions
- Granting two Producer Residencies
- Awarding Collaboration Fund grants
- Adding a new Associate Member category, so more theaters dedicated to creating new work can join the Network
- Voting in San Diego Repertory Theatre as our 26th Core Member
- Voting to add a 6th At-Large Board Member
- Planning NNPN’s 15th anniversary next year, to be held at the InterAct Theatre Company in Philadelphia, who will be celebrating their 25th anniversary
- Approving the 2013-2014 budget
- Revamping the submission process for NNPN’s other flagship program, the National Showcase of New Plays
- Revamping the Smith Prize, which is awarded to a new play that tackles politics in America
- Creating an international exchange/partnership with PlayWriting Australia
- Planning for a future Virtual Script Library and revamped website
- And electing the new Officers for the Board of NNPN
Along with all of that, we were treated to:
- the Unicorn’s current production of Dick Scanlan’s and Sherie Rene Scott’s Everyday Rapture – the first production allowed outside of New York – about a Mennonite woman’s dream of performing on Broadway
- a staged reading of the 2012 Smith Prize winner, Grounded by George Brant, about a female drone pilot
- and presentations by this year’s Playwrights-in-Residence – Christina Anderson, Gabrielle Fulton and Steve Moulds.
And then, of course, there was all the personal schmoozing, lunch and dinner chats, and talk/walks to and from the theatre and hotel.
By the way, if you’re ever staying in Kansas City, check out The Q Hotel. Very nice. And they’re “green”!
And, yes, the BBQ in KC is worth the trip.