with Liz Duffy Adams

liz duffy adams

Liz returns with her popular online class!

"PlayPenn's online class option is a godsend as it allows me to spend more time learning and writing, and less time swearing at traffic." -Pat

"Liz helped me see my play in a totally new way. Her creative exerises using my scenes as a starting point freed me up to look at them with new eyes, especially the visual mapping of my play." -Mary

Join former PlayPenn Conference Playwright and Harvard Visiting Lecturer in Playwriting Liz Duffy Adams for a joyful and creative romp through an old text turned new.

Perfect for writers of all experience levels.

Bring in a "drawer play," something you wrote and abandoned, or haven't been able to finish, or just wrote and don't know what to do with next: short or long, fragments or full. We'll embark on an adventure of structure, language and character. We'll cut, expand, explode, rearrange, kill your darlings and discover new landscapes, until you've got something you are freshly in love with - or ready to let go for good, but with inspiration and new tools for the next play.

In each session, we'll do a writing exercise designed to take us back and forth between creative expansion and analytical examination. And we'll read the work out and discuss it in a supportive, inspirational format.

Week 1: Shake it Up and Break it Down

Week 2: Experiments with Cutting & Expanding, and Language

Week 3: Experiments with Story & Structure/How to Surge Ahead

PREPARATION REQUIRED: None but do bring a piece of your own theaterical text that you'd like to explore. This can be a play, monologue, scene fragment, etc.


We will record each class session and make it available to you on a private, view only (no download) site until the next class period - so that if you miss a day, you can easily catch-up.

Saturdays, July 8, 15, and 22 from 1-5PM (ET)

All of our classes have limited seating to insure individual attention.

WHERE: Online. We will use It is a very simple system. You will receive a link prior to class. You click the link (same link each week) and are taken to a site that has multiple boxes (like The Brady Bunch opening credits) where you can see and chat with everyone in the class. You must have a working internet connection and a computer that has both speakers (so you can hear the teaching artist) and a microphone (so they can hear you; be advised, some computer systems require you purchase a headset to use the microphone). If you would like to investigate the system before registering for the class, check out: PlayPenn covers the cost of running the system but you are expected to participate independently. We use DropBox to share our work, if sharing is required in the class. We will record each class session and make it available to you on a private, view only (no download) site until the next class period - so that if you miss a day, you can easily catch-up.A discourse on the wonders of the invisible world


BIO: Liz Duffy Adams’s work has been produced Off Broadway at Women’s Project Theater, and at Magic Theater, Seattle Rep, and Humana Festival among other places, and developed at PlayPenn. Publications include Dog Act in “Geek Theater: Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy Plays” (Underwords Press 2014); Or, in “Best Plays of 2010” (Smith & Kraus); and several plays in acting editions by Playscripts, Inc. and Dramatists Play Service. Honors include a Lillian Hellman Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Will Glickman Award, New Dramatists residency, and Briggs-Copeland Visiting Lecturer in Playwriting at Harvard. More at

(Photo from Liz's A Discourse on the Wonders of the Invisible World at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, developed at PlayPenn.)

Questions? Email our Education Department (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

In very extreme circumstances, we may need to cancel a class for reasons beyond our control and will offer full refunds. Otherwise, classes are non-refundable.

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