Act One of PRNYCv2 will presented to the Playwrights-Directors Unit of the Actors Studio next Monday, December 10. This is a closed session at the Greenway Court Theatre. App. 60 actors, playwrights and directors attend these sessions to critique works in progress. Act One of the full-length runs app. 50 minutes. Kelly Galindo directs, with an excellent cast including Eileen Grubba, Eddie Kehler, and Carmen Argenziano.
I was invited to join the Playwrights-Directors Unit earlier this month. Beside the Monday reading and critique sessions at Greenway, I get access to the formidable resources of the Actors Studio. I attended the Friday scene study sessions at The Studio, moderated by Martin Landau. Wonderful. Sort of a West Coast bookend to Austin Pendleton at H-B Studio in New York. Whereas, Austin might reminisce about Uta, Marty Landau invokes Kazan. I learn as much in Scene Study class as I do in play critiques and I’m always surprised that so few playwrights attend Scene Study classes. Al Pacino and Ellen Burstyn run the Actors Studio in New York.