SPwS (Salon) exists to give WA state playwrights a public audience for their work in development. The Salon presents a staged reading of a script in development on the second Friday of every month at The Conservatory, an arts space and coffeehouse in Georgetown. Since our first performance in October 2016, the Salon has given 16 Seattle-area playwrights the opportunity to evaluate how their script plays, and to observe audience reaction, followed by a structured talk-back to hear audience comments. Audience size ranges from 25-75, and has been steadily growing.
The Salon kicked off its Year of Parity for women playwrights in January 2018: we will present work by women playwrights residing in Washington State each month. The Year of Parity followed our experience of the first 15 months of performances, in which we received approximately 50 scripts from men through our website, and one from a woman. Each time we presented a play by a woman, we solicited the script directly, and encouraged the playwright to submit. We learned from our experience that women are much less likely to believe their work is ready for a public outing than men. However, when their work is staged, our female playwrights garner enthusiastic response from audiences.
The Salon will begin paying directors and actors for their work in May 2018, as a commitment to the health and vitality of the arts in Seattle and to individual artists.
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