Southern Rep’s annual “Work Hard Play Hard” fundraiser at Il Posto on Dryades Street will feature live music, an all-you-can-eat buffet, an open bar, and a silent auction/raffle of donated items and services from local artists and businesses, all to benefit the 6×6 and 3×3 programs that support the development of new plays.
The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. June 23 at II Posto, 4607 Dryades Street. Tickets are $10 at the door.
The 6×6 and 3×3: THE ONE ACTS programs provide opportunities for local playwrights, actors, and directors to showcase their work publicly.
“Southern Rep is proud of its history of providing important (and otherwise rare!) opportunities like 6×6 and 3×3: THE ONE ACTS for local playwrights, actors, and directors to showcase their work publicly,” said producing artistic director Aimee Hayes. “WORK HARD X PLAY HARD is chance for us celebrate and support those programs, ensuring that they continue to nurture new talent, develop new plays, and pave the way for a more diverse, fresh, and interesting New Orleans theatre community.”
6×6 is a monthly program where playwrights receive a random theme to write a 10 minute play about. After a blind reading, the six plays with the most votes are given a staged reading at Mid City Theatre.
“6×6 is community building through theatre,” said playwright Juli van Brown.
Graduates of the 6×6 program have the opportunity to participate in 3×3: THE ONE ACTS, an annual showcase where graduates of 6×6 receive three months to write one-act plays that then receive workshop productions.
“Southern Rep’s 3×3 is an awesome way to bring together the playwriting community in New Orleans and…has offered me opportunities to grow with my colleagues by supporting and challenging each other,” said playwright Lisa Shattuck.
More information Southern Rep and its new play development programs can be found on southernrep.com