WOODSTOCK FRINGE PLAYWRIGHTS UNIT is informed by the
core value of WOODSTOCK FRINGE—the belief
that the act of creation is an act of courage. A group of
playwrights, composers, lyricists, book writers and actors
gather every other week to share and develop new work.
The culture of the PLAYWRIGHTS UNIT is one of community,
nourishment, honor, mutual respect, and professionalism.
This workshop is best suited to
self-guided professionals in
pursuit of excellence, who desire creative connection,
collaboration with peers and share excitement and joy in the
PLAYWRIGHTS UNIT sessions writers share pages or scenes from
works-in-progress which are read by professional actors.
They then may, at their choice, invite their colleagues to
comment on the work in a structured critique designed to
serve the needs of the creator. While there are few rules
about the work developed at the PLAYWRIGHTS UNIT, unfinished
work, free of commercial constraints or contractual
obligations is encouraged.
There are two
sessions a year, one beginning in the fall, the other
beginning in January.
end of each session, participants will have the
opportunity to have their work read in staged readings to an
invited audience. Participation in public readings is not
mandatory, but rather offered to participants who are ready
to share their work with an invited audience outside of the
Participation by actors is free of charge.
Participation by writers for the autumn sessions is $75 and
$100 for the winter/spring session. WOODSTOCK FRINGE is in the process of
applying for foundation support for the PLAYWRIGHTS UNIT.
When support is secured, participation will be free
and participants may receive small stipends for their
participation to cover the cost of transportation and
activities of the Woodstock Fringe Playwrights Unit occur at
less frequent intervals. Several times a year PLAYWRIGHTS
UNIT members will be invited to one or more play reading
retreats to be held in New York City and Woodstock, NY.
These retreats are also known as WOODSTOCK FRINGE PLAY
READING ORGIES. Hundreds of play scripts, synopses,
treatments, performance art works, and musical theatre works
have made their way to Woodstock Fringe. We read them all
and respond to those who have submitted their work. We
honor the courage it takes to submit a play and share one’s
imagination, psyche and work.
Admission to the WOODSTOCK FRINGE PLAYWRIGHTS UNIT is by
invitation and application. Applicants are asked to submit
a resume and a 10-15 page sample of their work to:
PLAYWRIGHTS UNIT, WOODSTOCK FRINGE, PO Box 157, Lake Hill,
NY 12448 or by e-mail to