The WOF Details

A Playwright Happening
(August 1st - August 31st, 2014)

Watch over 125  award-winning and emerging playwrights, book writers and lyricists create new work right in front of your gorgeous peepers. 

During two hour time slots, a writer or writer's team will write a new play in the storefront window of the Drama Book Shop with a screen shot of their computer visible to the street.

See writers create new worlds, find inspiration and try to avoid Facebook (or not). Come see playwrights from shows coming up or currently playing at venues around town including the NY International Fringe Festival.

Support and engage the writers via Twitter and FB , follow their careers, see the play and someday, when you're watching the Tonys, Lillys or Academy Awards, you can say you were there.

Read about it in the NYTimes or get a sneak peak here.

 The 2014 participating playwrights are: 

Stephen Adley Guirgis, Jessica Dickey, Time Out NY writer David Cote, David Caudle (writing with Broadway singer and actress Becca Ayers and Orchestrator Bryan Crook), Halley Feiffer, Lisa Ramirez, Padric Lillis,  Saviana Stanescu, Cusi Cram, Crystal Skillman and comic book/graphic novel writer Fred Van Lente, Jenny Lyn Bader,  Tom Cole, Susan Bernfield, Roland Tec,  Diana Oh, Erin Moughon, Jody Christopherson, J. Stephen Brantley, Cecilia Copeland, Krista Komondor, J. Julian Christopher, Julia Pugachevsky, Natalie Osborne, Caroline McGraw, Natalie Zutter, Benjamine Kamine, Caroline McGraw, Jaclyn Perlmutter, Laurel Haines, Dara O’Brien, Bixby Elliot, Kara Ayn Napolitano, Tim Duncheon, Catherine Weingarten, Dave White, Virgina Baeta, Evan Caccioppoli, Nicole Pandolfo, Dave White, Julia Doolittle, Dennis A. Allen II, Jeffrey James Keyes, Jona Tarlin, Lawrence Dial, Joel B. New, Nathan Brisby, Mya Kagan, Amy Wittig, David Loewy, Lisa Huberman, Lauren Heirigs, Brian “Dyalekt” Kushner, Gina Femia, Amy Gijsbers Van Wijk, Nate Dobson, Charles Gershman, Nat Cassidy, Lindsay Joy, Hank Willenbrink, Shaun Fauntleroy, Alex Rubin, Dane Jerabek, Dave Lankford, Jan Rosenberg, Kate Hamill, Zack Calhoon, Jennifer Rumberger, Becky Ellis, Anna Fox, Gyda Arber, Liz LoPorto, Siobhan Gilbert, Jay Stull, Michael Torres, David Hilder, Monica, Trausch, Corbin Went, Stacy Davidowitz, Vanessa Carmona, Matthew Barbot, Dipti Braumhandkar, Judith Leora, Talya Klein, Jessica Fleiman, Holly Wolf, Jason Grossman, Ryan Hudak, Hilary Bettis, Chris Harcum, Kathleen Warnock, Max Mondi, Tyler Rivenbark, Chinita L. Anderson, Karina Richardson, Gabrielle Fox, Courtney Antonioli, Abby Rosebrook, Kendra Augustin, Michael Niederman, Natalie Wilson, Melisa Annis, Emily Snyer, Tina Kolomatsky, Nathan Yungerberg, Jeremy Gable, Kate York, Matt Alspaugh, Robin Rice Lichtig, Eric Borlaug, Sheri Grauber, Michael Martiniz, Ellena Chmielewski, Josh Drimmer, Susan Ferrera, Dean Poyner, Ann Phelan, Jara Jones, Paul Hagen, Brian Hampton, Tom Sime, Bob Bartlett, Matt Alspaugh and Everett Goldner.

WRITE OUT FRONT was created to bring awareness to the time, space, resources and support that playwrights need to work and grow. It celebrates the tenacity that artists possess in the face of challenging economic times and endeavors to demystify the creative process in order to inspire the creative impulse that exists in us all.  For more information on the installation visit

A sampling...

"Aside from it sounding like a fun time, I think it's a great opportunity to interact with the theater community in a unique and fascinating way."
-Robert Attenweiler, playwright

"I want to be involved because I love the idea of giving people the opportunity to follow a plays journey from its inception to the stage..."
- Hilary Bettis, playwright

"I heard Chuck Close say in an interview that painting is like a performance piece which you only see after the performance is over. There's an analogue to playwriting there..."
-Nathan Dame, playwright

"I want to give voice to the experiences of those who are quietly fighting to maintain/regain their lives and selves amid exogenous change..."
-Krista Knight, playwright

"The project brings much-needed visibility to both the existence of and process of art makers...I believe that process is undervalued in the rush to create output. That the final product is what's judged commercially and critically, rather than the emotional, intellectual, and craft development that went into it, is to me, one of the more unfortunate aspects of the theatrical production process..."
Lisa Lewis, Playwright

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  1. I would love to be involved! How can playwrights participate?

  2. Hi Amy!
    The best way to hear about the next WOF or other WOF activities is to follow the theaterspeak FB page. I can also add you to the mailing list. Keep writing-on!

  3. Okay great! And yes, add me to the mailing list! I also wanted to share this article - I LOVE your stuff by the way!