Margot Manburg is a dramaturg and director dedicated to new works and Theatre for Young Audiences. A California native, Margot relocated to Washington, D.C .last year. Fittingly, Washington D.C. is where she got her start in new works. In 2011, she was named the National Runner-Up in Dramaturgy at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and received a fellowship as one of six inaugural dramaturgy fellows at the Kennedy Center’s first annual New Play Dramaturgy Intensive. From there, she developed her skills during back-to-back internships in the literary departments of Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, California and Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.
After her internships, Margot freelanced across the San Francisco Bay Area. Favorite Bay Area credits include assistant-directing the world premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s I and You (Marin Theatre Company), directing the world premiere of Matthew Crawley’s The Mice Will Play (Left Coast Theatre Company), and dramaturging the world premiere adaptation of Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee, the Musical (Bay Area Children’s Theatre). Her production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole (Benicia Old Town Theatre Group) won her the 2013 Solano County Arty awards for Best Direction of an Adult Drama and Outstanding Dramatic Production. Residential positions include her tenure as the Literary Manager at Playwrights Foundation for the 2013-2014 season, during which she led the 37th annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival selection committee, and as Resident Dramaturg for Alter Theater’s 2015 Playwrights Lab.
Committed to making theatre arts accessible for all ages, Margot has adjudicated the San Francisco Unified School District Performing Arts Competition, dramaturged two school tour productions for Bay Area Children’s Theatre, and taught an introduction to playwriting class for middle school-aged students at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She has facilitated audience talkbacks for audiences of all ages, including student and senior matinees. In ongoing dedication to new plays, Margot has served as a volunteer script reader for the Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, and the New Harmony Project, and currently serves as a volunteer script reader for the DMV’s own Source Festival, WSC Avant Bard, and various Kennedy Center playwriting awards.
Since moving to D.C., Margot has had the honor of reviewing for the 2015 Capitol Fringe Festival, directing Georgette Kelly’s Ballast for the 2016 Source Festival, dramaturging James Still’s Miranda for WSC Avant Bard, and dramaturging Dayna Smith’s The Weathergirl at the Kennedy Center’s first annual Undergraduate Playwrights’ Workshop. Margot holds a B.A. in Anthropology, Theatre Arts minor from Sonoma State University.
Between June 15th and July 31st, when the submission window closed, we received well over 100 scripts from playwrights all around the country. FABUM will produce 5 plays this December for our "A Strong Woman: 1Night/5Plays" festival, which will be announced in the coming weeks. Currently, we are pleased to announce 20 semi-finalists whose dynamic scripts made the first cut! They are:
ANGELA'S RESTAURANT BY CHIP BOLCIK
Angela is about to close and discontinue her Italian restaurant when Amelia arrives, in search of a good meal and a taste of home.
BANTER BY BARRY EITEL
In the 1920's, burgeoning writer Pearl, moves towards acclaim ahead of her male colleagues.
CUSTOMER SERVICE BY PHILIP W. HALL
When George calls customer support about his TV package, Suzanne gives him more of a reality check than support.
EAT YOUR CANDY BY PATTI VECONI
Three retirees, Janet, Nora, and Carol, test the freedom of being "innocent little old ladies" by stealing candy and encouraging each other to do what they want to do with their lives.
EGYPTIAN SONG BY JAMES CHRISTY, JR.
Zahia navigates between traditions and radical change as she comes of age in Egypt during its battle for independence from British colonialism..
F4 BY ELIN HAMPTON
In the aftermath of a devastating tornado, Wallis, an eager first time EMT, finds Crisco trapped in the rubble of his house. Can her skills save him and redeem herself?
GRAM SCAMS BY CARY PEPPER
A young man tries to scam Grandma into giving him an exorbitant amount of money but her senility sends him in circles.
JIGSAW CACTUS BY CAITLIN TURNAGE
After searching across the country for her mother, Cherry crashes her father's house to force him to talk about her estranged mother. Paul wants to Cherry to be just like her mother but Cherry wants to be everything her mother wasn't.
LITTLE OLD LADY FROM TALAFOFO BY TONY PASQUALINI
Kayana, a one-person town, is courted by presidential candidates for her tie-breaking vote. Will one of the candidates win her vote and the presidency before a rising flood washes them away?
PEGGY'S PROPERTIES BY MJ HALBERSTADT
Peggy, a math teacher, encourages her students to explore mathematical equations and gradually starts teaching solutions to real life problems instead.
SIXTEEN17 BY JASON RAINEY
On the eve of Dena's seventeenth birthday, Dena and her mother Cass clash over what adulthood and maturity really mean.
STORIES OF A NUER REFUGEE, OR RAVEN HANSEN'S TOTALLY EPIC SENIOR PROJECT BY MORGAN TRANT KINNALLY
High school senior Raven interviews Mary, a Sudanese refugee. As Raven asks probing questions about Mary's past, Mary tries to keep the interview superficial to hide the strife her mother Nyamal went through during the Sudanese civil war.
TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE BY RICHARD MANLEY
While on a train, Mary, a foremost Emily Dickinson scholar, reveals the truth behind the poetry of a famous, recently deceased poet whose work is worshipped by Elizabeth, a fellow passenger and scholar.
THE INFAMOUS 2006 KENNY ROGERS / DOLLY PARTON BOOTY CALL BY DANIEL GLENN
Dolly Parton uses tough love and a little flirtation to remind a drunk and depressed Kenny Rogers of how glamorous their lives are and how hard they worked to get there.
THE KISS BY GEORGE SAPIO
On Victory in Japan Day, 1945, veteran Glenn grabs Edith, a nurse, and kisses her while Eisenstadt photographs the iconic moment. Edith protests, and challenges the men about the propriety of their actions and about what makes art.
THE NUDE BY W.L. NEWKIRK
When Lisa's nude portrait of her friend Claire goes on exhibition, Lisa worries about her career and Claire worries about the reception of her aging body. As they await the art critic, Claire's confidence soars during a conversation with a passerby who praises more than just her body.
THE STORY OF OUR LIVES BY MADELEINE BUTLER
With the help of her daughter Sarah, Alice cleans out her home so she can move across country now that her husband is dead. When Sarah discovers an old photograph of Alice, she learns what Alice gave up to give her a "normal" life.
THREE GHOSTS OF ELIZABETH BATHORY BY ANNE FLANAGAN
Mina, a teenager with a report due the next day, is awoken in the middle of the night by the subject of her report: the ghost of Elizabeth Bathory. Elizabeth went down in history as a murderous psychopath and now she wants to set the record straight.
W.A.S.P.S BY ZANNE HALL
Sunny, Frankie, Maggie and Ziggie are Women Airforce Service Pilots during WWII. When they overlap in the mess hall, they swap stories about the discrimination they've faced and how they've adapted Army regulations to fit their needs as women pilots. Based on historical events.
YOURS AND MINE BY GLENN ALTERMAN
Pamela has felt distant from her husband Sheridan for a few years now. When she learns he's been sneaking around to write a play, she likens the preoccupied time to an extramarital affair and reveals a secret of her own.
The newly-launched Dolce Revolution Project is accepting submissions of original scripts to be produced into a live performance piece in Spring, 2012... Let's enjoy some theatre! There are (almost) no restrictions. There are no specifications on format, style, or what the script should be about…
* Due to some confusion in a posting on The Playwrights' Center's website (http://pwcenter.org) that advertised this opportunity, we want to clarify that the writer of the selected script will keep and maintain ALL copyright and intellectual property rights to their work consistent with the Dramatist Guild's Bill of Rights:
- It should be able to be presented in about 45 minutes (negotiable)
- It should have no more than 7 characters / or require no more than 7 actors with individuals portraying multiple parts (non-negotiable)
- It has to be original and not been professionally performed or produced before
[ ..."You own the copyright of your dramatic work. Authors in the theatre business do not assign (i.e. give away or sell in entirety) their copyrights, nor do they ever engage in "work-for-hire." When a university, producer or theatre want to mount a production of your play, you actually liscense (or lease) the public performance rights...for a finite period of time." ] This competition was originally going to be targeted for D.C. college students, but we have decided to expand the call to include any writer with an original script. If your script is selected, you will not only receive a cash prize of $300 to be awarded in early January, but you will see your writing produced and presented to a public audience. This is a marvelous thing to have on a resume, and it is dolce thing to be a part of… Send your script via email to firstname.lastname@example.org before Novemeber 11th, 2011. The performance will be the first Dolce Revolution Project, to be done in or around downtown Washington, D.C. And, that’s right, the deadline to submit your work for consideration is 11/11/11!