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Friday, October 12th, 2007
8:12 am
Announcing "splattworks"
I've just launched splattworks, a blog dedicated to theatre, arts, culture, politics, and snark from a practicing playwright and recovering journalist.



Steve Patterson

Thursday, July 26th, 2007
7:20 pm
Ubu Lives!
Dear Colleagues:

Pavement Productions, my production company in Portland, Oregon, is putting out a call for short plays inspired by playwright Alfred Jarry's horrible creature, Ubu Roi. Details follow below.


Steve Patterson
Co-Artistic Director/Resident Playwright
Pavement Productions
Portland, Oregon

Pavement Productions, an independent theatre company in Portland, Oregon, dedicated to the development and staging of new scripts, announces a call for 10-minute plays for UBU LIVES!—an anthology production of plays inspired by Ubu Roi, the monstrous character created by surrealist/dada playwright Alfred Jarry. (For more information, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubu_Roi).

Plays should be in English, have no more than six characters, and require minimal staging. Plays will be initially presented as a staged or concert reading, with a possible full production at a later date. There will be no pay for the reading, but, if the show goes to full production, playwrights will receive a percentage of the box office. There are no reading fees. Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2007. Please send submissions as Microsoft Word or PDF files to Steve Patterson at splatterson@mindspring.com Requests for further information can be sent to the same e-mail address.

Pavement Productions has been developing and producing new, wild, and semi-dangerous works since 1990 and has presented over 30 world premieres. Pavement has especially had success with its anthology shows of short plays built around a central theme. Past anthology shows have included “Behind the Eyes” (plays about dreams), “Between the Sheets” (plays about sex), and “Life and Death on the American Road” (plays about road trips).

Pere Ubu is also the name of a strange and wonderful rock band.
Wednesday, March 21st, 2007
4:12 pm
Saturday, December 9th, 2006
2:54 pm
A networking opportunity for theatre pros
I recently started a group on MySpace called the New Play Network. If you'd like to check it out, it's at:


Here's the Mission Statement:

A networking hub for playwrights, artistic directors, literary managers, directors, dramaturgs, and other theatre professionals passionate about nuturing new plays, from readings to productions. Tell us what you're working on, what you're looking for, what you'd like to get involved with. Hot scripts? Writers worth watching? Exceptional theatres or development programs? Directors or actors seeking new properties? This is a place to confab, connect, compare notes, and, it is hoped, cross-pollinate. Plus feel free to upload images from recent productions or broadcast production notices for new plays or calls for scripts.


Tuesday, October 10th, 2006
12:02 am
Durang and Norman call for rebellion against O'Neill Playwrights Festival.
Note: The message below is forwarded from playwrights Christopher Durang and Marsha Norman.

UPDATE: Durang and Norman have sent a follow-up, it can be read in the Comments for this post.

We are writing to warn you about a development at the O'Neill Playwrights Festival, a situation so serious that we can no longer recommend that you send your scripts there, and hope to discourage you from mentoring or assisting them in any way. The problem is this—from now on, the O'Neill Board is determined to demand a percentage of the playwright's subsidiary income IN PERPETUITY from any play accepted for presentation at the O'Neill. This means that for four days of rehearsal, and a presentation with actors using scripts, you will owe them a permanent percentage of your income from that play.

This is so patently unfair, and so clearly against their own mission statement, that we can only assume they have lost their minds, or perhaps decided to think of themselves as commercial producers instead of the generous, helpful organization they used to be,
devoted to playwrights and their work.

They tried to demand this participation from two writers this summer, but were thwarted by efforts by the Dramatists Guild, and the agent for two of the writers, John Buzzetti. Both writers said they would pull their work if this provision was attached and the O'Neill backed down, saying that since no warning was given, it wasn't fair to ask for the percentage. But last month they announced they would be demanding the percentage from the writers whose work was accepted this summer.

We urge you not to submit your scripts to the O'Neill. We urge you to talk to your agents about this, and not participate in any way. We are afraid this is the beginning of the end for an institution we have all admired and cherished. This is part of a disturbing trend in development organizations, where playwrights are increasingly expected to pay for their productions, in spite of the fact that those organizations raise money and get grants claiming that they exist to help playwrights. More and more, it's looking like those
organizations exist to support themselves, not their writers. In this regard, beware of any contest that charges you more than $15 to apply, because that's about what readers are being paid these days.

Over and over again in class, we urged you to get over feeling grateful, and defend yourself in situations where you sense you are being taken advantage of. So this is just us saying it again. Do not give your work away, and do not pay somebody to produce it, and do not grant rights that are excessive. Do not encumber your work with percentages to people who think they deserve them just because they recognized you were good.

Please pass this information along to anyone you think could use it. The only way to impress on the O'Neill the insanity of what they are doing is to deny them the plays that they need. Many of us have tried talking to them, and they are not listening. So we are taking this step, and encouraging all writing teachers in America to contact their students in the same way.

All our best,

Chris Durang and Marsha Norman

(x-posted in dramaproject and playwrights
Thursday, May 25th, 2006
7:29 pm
Here's the show I'm working on. We opened last night.

I'm listed as "Jason Barrett....Producer's Attache" which means "Django's office bitch." But it's a good job. It would be great if I was getting paid...in money.

Anyway, the show runs through July 1 at the Side Studio Theatre: 1520 W. Jarvis.
Ticket reservations can be made online or by calling 773-419-5001.

If you want to hear my lovely voice but not actually speak to me, try the toll-free number: 877-505-6299
Thursday, February 16th, 2006
11:01 am
Into the 21st Century...
Dear Colleagues--

I'm in the process of redesigning my SPLATworks website (http://www.mindspring.com/~splatterson/), which, besides some reconfigurations and pruning of dead links, will include new resource listings for playwrights, theatrical professionals, journalists, and photographers. If you can think of links or features you'd really like see included, post here or drop me a note at splatterson@mindspring.com

Many thanks,

Steve "splatt" Patterson
Saturday, September 3rd, 2005
3:33 pm
"Deuces" for Donations
I'm a playwright with a one-hour one-act comedy-drama called "Deuces" set in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. The pieces has been successfully produced several times, and I'm offering production rights royalty-free worldwide for theatres that wish to produce it either fully or as a staged or concern reading to benefit Hurricane Katrina relief. The piece will be available as of September 9th as a PDF file. If you're interested, information on the play follows below, and I can be contacted at splatterson@mindspring.com Please feel free to pass this information on.

It's not much, but it's what I have to contribute.

Steve Patterson


During Mardi Gras, a vacationing husband and wife are drawn into a bizarre poker game that threatens their marriage. One hour one-act comedy-drama. Two women, two men. Performance: September 1993, ArtQuake Festival/Theatre on the Park, Portland, Oregon; full production. 1993, Beverly Hills Television, Beverly Hills, California; full production. January to February 1993, Theatre 40, Beverly Hills, California; full production, eight-week run. Selected for the Theatre 40 One-Act Festival. October 1991, Third Tuesday Theater, Portland, Oregon; staged reading. July 1991, Eugene Playwrights Ensemble, Eugene, Oregon; staged reading.

Los Angeles Times, 1993: '...(the director) does well with the fireworks of the writing...'
Saturday, June 18th, 2005
4:25 am
Hope this is cool

Looking for a cool way to kick off Pride Weekend or just a good time in general? Well come see the second annual Out in the Loop! Proudly brought to you by About Face Youth Theatre, CALOR, Center on Halsted, GLSEN Chicago, Howard Brown Health Center, and The Raw Works.

Singers! Dancers! Actors! Poets! Free condoms, lube, dental dams, and sex kits! We've got it all here! And we're queer! It rhymes, so it must be true!

Admission is free, but space is limited!

June 24. 7:15 PM. 606 S. State St. (off the Harrison Red line). Hope to see you there!

X-posted everywhere.
Friday, June 17th, 2005
8:48 am

Okay, so I have this really savage, brutal, dreamlike, non-linear avant-surreal drama about the struggle between haves and have-nots.   Wild, non-naturalistic language.  Sex, violence, tons of nudity, serious political overtones--written in response to the first Gulf War.  And it was a finalist for an Oregon Book Award, which is kind of Oregon's Pulitzer.  I would love to get this beast up and running again given the current political climate, so, if you're an artistic director or stage director...or someone who knows said AD/D with a taste for something, uh, completely different...drop me a line.  More info & a photo below.


splatt (Steve Patterson)

A violent, sensual, and surrealistic battle between haves and have-nots.Billed as a "postmodern ghost story." This experiment in symbolic imagery and language was written in the aftermath of the Gulf War, although I was really thinking of who killed the Kennedys and elected Ronald Reagan. Full length two-act drama. Two women, two men. Performance: July-August 1991, Stark Raving Theatre, Portland, Oregon; full production, six-week run. Finalist for an Oregon Book Award. Rewritten 1998 as Bombardment Revisited.

Dialogue Sample at: http://www.mindspring.com/~splatterson/bombsamp.htm

Thursday, March 3rd, 2005
10:58 am
Hey all... I've made a community for anyone who's interested in the field of Arts Administration. It's called (creatively enough):


Please feel free to join and post a little info. about yourself. My hope is that it'll become a good place for resources, etc.

Sorry for all the X-Posting! And sorry if this sort of thing is frowned upon here!
Friday, November 26th, 2004
2:10 am
Does anyone have Tiffany Carter's email address? I said I'd email her and I lost her address.

Please email me: the_swore@yahoo.com
Thursday, August 26th, 2004
12:09 pm
A bit of news...
I'm going to blow my own horn a bit here and say that my dark comedy "Delusion of Darkness" just closed a very well-sold run at Jobsite Theatre in Tampa. They said this homage to Beat novelist William S. Burroughs was their second highest grossing original play in the company's six-year history, and it received a couple very good reviews, which you can read at:




This is Delusion's second production; the premiere was in Portland, Oregon, in 2001, where it received critic's choice notices from three of the area's four major papers and played to a sold-out six-week run. So I kind of see a pattern emerging. Anyway, if any directors or companies out there are looking for a brutally strange piece that has actually made money for both of the theaters that have produced it, drop me a note at splatterson@mindspring.com.

Thus endeth this commerical break.


x-posted to dramaproject & playwrights
Friday, August 20th, 2004
2:37 pm
Not Jesus, Stupid...
Abbie Hoffman! Yes, the 16th Abbie Hoffman Died for our Sins Festival has arrived! For 3 days, practically nonstop theatre shall grave the stage of the Strawdog Theatre. Among the plays will be A Greater Gravity by bdar, showing at 11:00 AM Saturday, and 1:00 PM Sunday.

Opening ceremonies begin at 7:00 PM at the Strawdog.

Tuesday, July 27th, 2004
4:12 pm
Anyone know when Abbie Hoffman is this year?

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, July 22nd, 2004
8:09 pm
Community whoring...
Hey, sorry if this sorta thing is frowned upon here. If it is feel free to delete the post, or lynch me. I thought people might be interested in this:


For those interested in Theater Education. (Basically, theater teachers, those who work in children's theater, etc.) You know the drill... Join, chat, share theories, ideas, stories, whatever.

Thanks! (x-posted all over)
Friday, July 9th, 2004
3:45 am
The Pyrates
Well, drama fans, Defiant Theatre is doing another fantastical show! Everyone in the Chicagoland area should go see The Pyrates!

For more info about this swashbuckling spectacular, visit:


Thursday, June 17th, 2004
2:15 pm
I'm performing in this:

OUT in the Loop
Saturday, June 26th
10:00PM - 12:00AM
The Loop Theatre
8 E. Randolph

All proceeds benefit the Howard Brown Health Center.

Help celebrate pride weekend!

I hope to see you there!

(x-posted in bi_pride, dramageddon, dramaproject, glbt_pagan, postqueer, quarters, teen_actors, and youngperformers

Current Mood: excited
Sunday, June 13th, 2004
1:55 am
What exactly constitutes "experimental" writing?

How is it different from the mainstream?
Wednesday, June 9th, 2004
8:50 pm
Because this seems to be the LJ venue to show off this sort of thing and this is a new community that needs posts:

A play I wrote went up recently in Boston and has been invited to perform in other venues. It's called Masquerade, and is mask and movement based. The designs were by kochansky.

Sketches are here: http://kochansky.org/gallery/album04

Some of the masks are here: http://kochansky.org/gallery/album05

Anyone else out there do this sort of work?
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