What is a Bake-Off?

A bake-off is a fast-paced playwriting exercise created by award-winning playwright Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive). In 48 hours, playwrights create plays based on a given theme and assigned elements that the piece must include. The inspiration for the theme and elements come from past works of art, usually from centuries ago, so that the bake-off can continue the conversations that older pieces of art began. According to Paula, “It’s like sketching for playwrights.”

When and Where?

The event will begin with a workshop led by Paula Vogel from 1:00–3:00pm on Saturday, April 6 at the former Ackland Museum Store at 109 East Franklin Street.
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Once the workshop ends, the writing begins!

Who is Paula Vogel?

PAULA VOGEL is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright whose plays include Indecent (Tony Award nomination for Best Play), How I Learned to Drive (Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Lortel Prize, OBIE Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle and New York Drama Critics Awards for Best Play), The Long Christmas Ride Home, The Mineola Twins, The Baltimore Waltz, Hot’n’Throbbing, Desdemona, And Baby Makes Seven, The Oldest Profession and A Civil War Christmas. She is currently working on three new projects, including Cressida On Top (recently workshopped at CTG and the Goodman), and a new play commissioned by CTG and Second Stage. Honors include induction in the American Theatre Hall of Fame, the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, the Lily Award, the Thornton Wilder Prize, the Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.

Want to learn more?

Find out more about Bake-Offs on Paula’s website. And read about a previous bake-off at Broadway World and TheaterMania.