Newman’s adaptation of Voyage of the Basset at Mountain View HS

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Mountain View High School in Orem is performing a stage adaptation I did for them of a James Christensen art storybook called VOYAGE OF THE BASSET. It’s playing Thur, Fri, Sat @ 7p (Jan 15, 16, 17) in their auditorium. I did the first draft of the adaptation in Suzan Zeder’s class 16 years ago when I was getting my masters at the University of Texas but the rights were tied up with a Hallmark film version at the time. Mountain View was able to get rights to do a “readers theatre” version rather than a fully staged version, but did get rights to use the projections, so the project has been a great experiment for the advanced drama class in creating an experimental, multimedia performance mode.


Here’s what a Playwrights In Our Schools residency looks like!

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This article in AATE’s Incite-Insight online journal depicts the development of Ric Averill’s Escape from the Labyrinth at DaVinci Academy in Ogden, UT in March 2013 under the direction of Adam Slee.  (Follow the link below).

Utah high school teachers, apply to be the host of the 2015 residency, using the submission form below.

PIOS10 Call for Utah Host Schools D3.1


New article by John Newman: Shakespeare’s Advice to the Playwrights

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John Newman has just published a new article in the 2014 issue of Teaching Theatre, “Perchance You Wonder at this Show: Shakespeare’s Advice to the Playwrights.”  It presents the idea that just as the Bard gave his advice to the actors in Hamlet, he gave his advice to the playwrights, and teachers of playwriting, between the lines of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Here’s a link to the complete article on EdTA’s website, http://www.schooltheatre. org:

Scroll down for information and applications for the Playwrights In Our Schools Project!

2015 Playwrights In Our Schools: Call for Playwrights, Call for Schools

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The American Alliance for Theatre and Education is looking for a Utah high school or middle school to host a three-day Playwrights In Our Schools Residency with a national award-winning playwright between January and May 2015.  Applications are due December 1.  In recent years, Playwrights In Our Schools residencies have been hosted by DaVinci Academy, Park City High School, the University of Utah Youth Theatre, Arches Academy, West High School, and Independence High School. The information sheet and application can be downloaded from the following link:

PIOS10 Call for Utah Host Schools D3.1

AATE is also accepting applications from playwrights.  Playwrights for the PIOS residency must be current members of AATE at the time of their application.  They must also have received one of seven national awards in playwriting for young people, as listed on the information sheet and application form.  Playwrights who have participated in this program in recent years include Max Bush, Ric Averill, Barry Kornhauser, Claudia Haas, and Brian Geuhring.  The information sheet and application can be downloaded from the following link:
PIOS10 2015 Call for Playwrights D3.1

You can read a brief history of the program under the Playwrights In Our Schools tab on this blogsite.

For questions, contact Dr. John Newman at

Newman’s Gathering Grimm premieres in the Noorda Theatre at Utah Valley University

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Gathering Grimm is the latest play written by John Dilworth Newman.  It had its world premiere at the Noorda Theatre Summer Camp at Utah Valley University in June 2013.  The current script calls for a cast of 16 young women and 6 young men, with all characters based on historical individuals involved in the gathering of the original Grimm tales.  The play centers on Lottie Grimm, the sister of Jakob and Wilhelm and their three younger brothers.  Lottie refuses to help her brothers compile their collection until they acknowledge the source of the tales:  middle class schoolgirls.  The script includes dramatizations of seven of the Grimm tales and runs about an hour.

Lottie Grimm confronts her brothers about recognizing the young women who told them the early tales.

Lottie Grimm confronts her brothers about recognizing the young women who told them the early tales.

You can see a video of a performance of the play at UVU on YouTube by entering the search words, “Gathering Grimm.”  The playwright is offering the script royalty free to interested schools during the 2013-2014 season.

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