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Playwright’s Jam

Looking for an opportunity to connect with local writers, actors, and directors? Want to share a theater piece you’re writing?

Join the monthly Playwright’s Jam!

A monthly meetup hosted by Caffe Lena for local writers, actors, & directors
The first Sunday of the month
2:00pm – 4:00pm│Doors 1:45pmCasting begins at 2:00 pmReadings begin at 2:15
  • Playwrights should bring a highlighted script for each of their actors and one extra for stage directions  
  • Bring a short scene (7 – 10 minutes). Cast your actors from the audience, including your fellow playwrights. Give them brief directions and then put them on stage to read your script. We’ll go around the room after the reading and let everyone give a “popcorn” reaction (one word!).
  • Playwrights should bring a highlighted script for each of their actors and one extra for stage directions
  • Each meeting will include 6 or 7 scenes selected at random from those submitted. After the readings we’ll have time to hang out and get acquainted.
  • This event will be co-hosted by Michael Wells-Oakes and Vivian Nesbitt
  • Playwright Nice! We foster a diverse community that has a great time making art and helping one another get better. Excessive profanity, explicit sexual themes, and “humor” that unkindly targets a specific group undermines this goal. It is up to the discretion of the host to enforce the house standards.

Michael Wells-Oakes

Michael’s plays include: SEA VINE, NJ; A COLD DECEMBER; TIDINGS and THE COLLEGE HOOP SCANDAL. His play WINTER WHEAT was a semi-finalist for the Risk Theater Modern Tragedy Competition. His Monologue, YOU LABOR, received the Silver Ear Award at the First  “Me & My Masks” Monologue Festival. His plays have been produced at The Luna Stage (NJ), The Puzzle Theater, The Triangle (SC), Harold Clurman, Bernie Wohl Theater, White Fire Theater (CA), The Ko Festival(MA), Manhattan Class Company, and the 29th Street Playwrights New Work Series. In 1986, he and his wife, Jennifer Wells founded and ran the NYC Drama Workshop, a theater program for teenagers sponsored by GVYC. They wrote and produced 14 plays for teens to perform.  REMEMBER ME ALWAYS and GREENFIELD BLOOMS, are published by Samuel French. Michael is a National Playwrights Conference Finalist, received a New York Foundation for the Arts grant and a DeWitt Wallace Writer of Distinction Grant. He is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and a member of the Dramatist Guild.

Vivian Nesbitt

Vivian is a third generation actor whose first professional acting job was understudying Mary Steenburgen and Ann Dowd in George Bernard Shaw’s Candida at Roundabout Theater. She has gone on to appear in the hit TV shows Breaking Bad, Longmire, The Night Shift, Manhattan, Law & Order: SVU, and The Messengers. Her original short film Leverage was an official selection of Taos Shortz and NMWIF Film Fiesta garnering her an award for Best Performance. She has performed her original solo play The Bark & The Tree at Off-Broadway’s prestigious United Solo Festival where she won two awards for her work on Theatre Row in NYC and the Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival. She holds an MFA in Acting and has continued her studies with luminaries such as Anna Deavere Smith and Alan Arkin. Vivian tours nationally with Si Kahn’s Mother Jones In Heaven ~ a musical one-woman show about the legendary labor organizer Mary Harris “Mother” Jones. Public Radio Fan? You may recognize her voice as the co-host of the nationally syndicated public radio program Art of the Song Creativity Radio with her husband John Dillon.