Playwriting Master Class and Hero's Journey with Mark Shanahan at Fayetteville Library

Playwright Mark Shanahan appears Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 4:30 pm in the Fayetteville Public Library. He will use Joseph Campbell’s now classic, 12-point outline of the “hero’s journey” as a starting point for a discussion of narrative structure, its usefulness to the dramatic writer, and its pitfalls. An accomplished actor, director and playwright, Mark brings a breadth of experience to this free community workshop, which will include in-class writing exercises. Participants should bring writing implements, digital or otherwise, and be prepared to share what they are working on, whether full draft or a mere wisp of an idea.

Class size will be limited and registration is required.

Mark Shanahan is a triple-threat in theatre, with signifcant credits as actor, director and playwright. He has acted on Broadway in The 39 Steps, in numerous productions off-Broadway, and in major regional theatres, including Houston’s Alley Theatre, where he is also regularly called upon to direct. Mark brings his considerable experience as actor-director-and his passion for film especially for Alfred Hitchcock-to his playwriting. The Dingdong, his “delightful update of a nenteenth century classic” by Georges Feydeau, premiered off-Broadway at the Pearl Theatre last season and has already begun to take hold regionally. Adding to his busy New York-based theatre career, Mark teaches in the film department at Fordham University.

Shanahan will also be at the library for the T2 Artist Forum at 6:30 on May 18th for a conversation with director Morgan Hicks, and T2 artistic director Bob Ford for an in-depth discussion on the Dingdong, TheaterSquared’s current production. This event is open to the public.

Support for the Fayetteville Public Library and TheatreSquared is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Registration begins Monday, May 1 at 9:00 am.

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