Ivette Deltoro reads work by Christine Stoddard

While reviewing submissions for our chapbook, Activate, we were struck by the poem “Thirty Pounds in Three Months” by Christine Stoddard. We have been on the lookout for work that reflects the anxiety and challenges of today’s political environment, and Stoddard’s piece sheds light on a reality that many people living in the United States face. We were lucky enough to have the amazing Ivette Deltoro read this live at our Activists Unite show on January 17:

You can hear Ivette reflecting on this performance in our latest episode of the Play On Words POWer Half Hour. We also recommend joining her this weekend at San Jose’s City Lights Theatre for “boom,” a play by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb. This show represents the hard work of the inaugural Mini Lights Emerging Artists program, which offers experience to up-and-coming theatre professionals.

And because this wouldn’t be a POW blog post without a call for submissions, we want to remind all our faithful fans and friends to submit original fiction, nonfiction, poetry and theatre to playonwordssj@gmail.com by March 10 to be considered for our next show.

 

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Submissions due by Mar 10

Good news Playonwordsians, past, present and future: We’re currently accepting submissions for our April 11th show at Cafe Stritch. We need you!

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POW Cast members Michael Weiland, Keenan Flagg, Arcadia Conrad, Ivette Deltoro, Laurel Brittan, Melinda Marks and Julia Halprin Jackson at our January 2018 show. Photo: Leo Alvarez.

Submission Guidelines

We accept works of fiction, nonfiction, theater and poetry. While our aesthetic tends toward the funny, unusual, thought-provoking and absurd, more than anything we want to read work that surprises us and pops off the stage. We cap submissions at 1500 words, though there is some wiggle room with works of theater.

To submit, email an attachment of your work to playonwordssj@gmail.comUse this opportunity to tell us a little bit about yourself and how you see this piece being performed.

Haven’t been to a show? Check out our YouTube channel and our podcast to learn more about the work we produce.

Melinda Marks reads “Roque Dalton, Salvador”

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Melinda Marks. Photo credit: Leo Alvarez

 

What happens when you mix revolution with poetry? An ekphrastic story by Lita Kurth, perhaps? Today we are excited to feature Melinda Marks’ January 17 performance of Lita’s “Roque Dalton, Salvador”:

This piece is one of 28 included in Activate, our chapbook produced in conjunction with San Jose’s Flash Fiction Forum, Maria Judnick, and designer Peter Caravalho. Want to learn more about this great project? Join us next Wednesday, February 28, at DeAnza’s Euphrat Museum of Art at 5 pm.

#Powpod Episode 9: Ivette Deltoro, Erin Southard and Mini Lights

Podcast alert! Our ninth episode is special because it features Ivette Deltoro and Erin Southard of the Mini Lights Emerging Artist program, Play On Words’ community partner. Listen to Ryan Alpers interview Ivette about performing “Thirty Pounds in Three Months” by Christine Stoddard at our January 17 show–and get the scoop on Mini Lights, a new series in San Jose designed to support young theatre professionals as they learn to cast, direct, fundraise, and market their own productions. Pretty amazing, right?

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Erin Southard and Ivette Deltoro of Mini Lights

Listen to this special episode on SoundCloud or subscribe, rate and review in iTunes.

Mini Lights’ first show, “boom” by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, debuts next Thursday, February 22, at City Lights Theatre in San Jose. Directed by POW co-founder and casting director Melinda Marks, it features Play On Words cast members April Culver and Michael Weiland. In other words: this is a show you won’t want to miss. Tickets are on sale here.

Speaking of great art: Play On Words is currently seeking short works of fiction, nonfiction, theatre and poetry for our April 11th show. We want to read your work! Email us submissions at playonwordssj@gmail.com.

Keenan Flagg Reads Tarn Wilson’s Letter From Her Father

We had a wonderful time reading selections from our forthcoming chapbook, Activate, at Cafe Stritch on January 17. Couldn’t make it? Not to worry. Check out the wonderful Keenan Flagg performing Tarn Wilson’s “My Father Refuses to Attend his Commencement, May 1968”:

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Keenan Flagg

Good news: We’re currently reading submissions for our April 11 show at Cafe Stritch. Got something to share? Send along your poetry, fiction, nonfiction and works of theatre to playonwordssj@gmail.com.

 

Arcadia Conrad reads Lyra Halprin

Thank you to everyone who came out on January 17 for our Activists Unite show at Cafe Stritch! In case you missed it, we will be sharing highlights from the show on our blog over the next few weeks.

Today we are proud to share Arcadia Conrad performing Lyra Halprin‘s “Dressed For Success.”

Inspired? Stay tuned to learn about our forthcoming chapbook, Activate, which will be available for sale soon.

We are currently accepting work for our April 11th show at Cafe Stritch. Email works of fiction, nonfiction, theatre and poetry under 1500 words to playonwordssj@gmail.com by March 1.