This week marks five years since our first Play On Words show at San Jose’s Blackbird Tavern. With every season, we’ve tried something new–performed at festivals, partnered with Flash Fiction Forum on a chapbook, staged live readings of television shows. This fall, we’re delighted to partner with the San Jose Museum of Art on its upcoming “New Terrains: Migration and Mobility” cross-disciplinary exhibit. We’ve got our first 2019 date on the calendar–Saturday, February 9, from 3-5 pm–which means that we need you, faithful writers and artists, to share your work with us!
What Does New Terrains Mean to You?
For our February show, we are seeking work that responds to the theme of New Terrains: Migration and Mobility. What does that mean to you? Does new terrain denote geography, movement, space? Could it be a crossing of emotional territory? Or a literal reflection on what it means to move your body, your family, your city?
Send Us Your:
- fiction (short stories, flash fiction, stand-alone novel excerpts
- nonfiction (memoir, short essays, meditations and reflections)
- theatre (one-act plays, sketches, comedy, satire, drama)
For prose pieces, we ask you to cap submissions at 1500 words. Depending on the work of theatre, you can submit something longer if it reads quickly.
Email us your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 15 to be considered for our February show.
Join Us for the Exhibition Kick-off: November 15
We’ve been invited to present at the museum’s November 15 partner kickoff, which will feature many of the organizations contributing to the New Terrains exhibit. Mosaic Silicon Valley will offer a number of special performances during the evening. The international creative collective known as RadioEE will roll up to the party with Autopiloto, a marathon radio transmission that will be broadcast while on-the-move in a semi-autonomous vehicle traversing the Bay Area, examining how emerging autopilot/AI technologies are transforming the world. RadioEE will be live streaming their interactions with partner organizations and visitors while at SJMA, as part of their project commissioned by the Lucas Artist Residency Program at Montalvo Art Center.
Play On Words will be reading a few show selections at the event. We’ll be there to promote our call for submissions and enjoy an evening of performance, artistry and excitement. We hope to see you there!
Tickets are available on the San Jose Museum of Art website: $5 after 5 pm, free for museum members.
This year marks our fifth anniversary of producing original content in the Bay Area. Every year, we’ve been lucky enough to find great collaborators–our 50+ contributing writers, many of whom we’ve gotten to perform more than once; our 20+ amazing actors, working professionals who perform regularly in San Jose and beyond; and the community partners who have exposed us to new opportunities, venues, and artists. For our 2018-2019 season, we’re thrilled to announce that Play On Words is partnering with the San Jose Museum of Art as part of its “New Terrains: Mobility and Migration” exhibit.
Through “New Terrains”, South Bay arts organizations band together to present a series of cross-disciplinary exhibitions, programs and experiences that explore how bodies move through spaces–social, political, literal and figurative. Projects address timely topics such as transportation and urban planning, navigation and orientation, public protest, immigration and migration, and mobility in its many forms. With expanding partnerships, “New Terrains” will embrace multidisciplinary thinkers and cultural producers through a growing range of events. Collaboratively presented through spring of 2019 by organizations of all sizes and types–from museums and artist residencies to community centers and civic think tanks–events and programs will take place across the greater Silicon Valley.
We are thrilled to throw our artistic hat in the ring, and can’t wait to learn from the multitudes of creative partners involved in this exhibit. Play On Words plans to host at least one (and hopefully more) performance as part of this show, and we will be sharing a call for submissions on the theme New Terrains: Mobility and Migration in the coming months.
Until then, we encourage you to check out the amazing programming at the San Jose Museum of Art–and if you have a short work of fiction, nonfiction, poetry or theater that responds to this theme at the ready, feel free to send it along for consideration at email@example.com.
Ever wonder what it feels like to be inside an artist’s head? We loved Michael Weiland’s performance of “Journalissimo” by Griffin Lamachy on April 11 at Cafe Stritch:
As always, it’s a pleasure to hear Michael read. Big thanks to Griffin for sharing his words with us!
We fell in love with Charlene Logan Burnett’s mythic “The Fisherman and the Cloak” this year and were lucky enough to find the perfect person to perform it. Many thanks to the talented Ronald Feichtmeir, who made his Play On Words debut on April 11 at Cafe Stritch:
Many thanks to Ronald for capturing the tone and tenor of Charlene’s beautifully written story. To read more of her work, check out “Boardwalk ’62,” published this spring in Blackbird magazine.
Our next Play On Words show will be a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience taking place on August 29 at Redwood City’s Dragon Theatre. Stay tuned in the next few weeks to learn more!
Is small talk a superpower? How about small talk while speed dating? We loved Ivette Deltoro’s performance of “Your Superpower” by Ann Hillesland, read live at Cafe Stritch on April 11:
Big thanks to Ivette for loaning us her voice once more, and to the fabulous Ann and her husband for driving up from Southern California to join us for the New Horizons show.
What freedom–what mischief–can one young man find when he is in New York for the first time? We are grateful to the talented Adam Weinstein for performing “Construction” by Jon Ford on April 11th at Cafe Stritch:
Talk about new horizons. Big thanks to Adam for loaning us his voice and to Jon for trusting us with his story.
Rites of passage can occur at any age. Just ask the narrator of Tania Martin‘s “Rites of Passage,” who is learning to ride a motorcycle alongside a gang of young men. Here is the amazing Arcadia Conrad performing Tania’s story on April 11th at Cafe Stritch:
Big thanks to Arcadia to loaning us her voice, and to Tania, co-founder of San Jose’s Flash Fiction Forum for sharing this wonderful story with us. Fans of FFF should consider submitting for their next season, starting this fall.
What does it feel like to shave your face–on a train? Watch as the inimitable Laurel Brittan performs an excerpt of Allison Landa‘s YA novel, Bearded Lady:
Many thanks to Laurel for joining us at Cafe Stritch in April to perform Allison’s work., and to Ryan Alpers for capturing the video.
What happens when a young American girl in the Middle East encounters a friendly boy looking for a friend? One of two things happen, according to Marilyn Horn‘s story “The Boy in the Van.” The fabulous Arcadia Conrad performed this great piece on April 11 at our New Horizons show at Cafe Stritch:
Many thanks to Arcadia for loaning us her voice–and to Marilyn for sharing her story.
The next Play On Words show on the books is at Redwood City’s Dragon Theatre on August 29, though we are searching for a venue for a summer show before then. If you’re interested in participating in upcoming shows, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.