The Journey

Step One: EERS Reading

The Elephant Ears Reading Series is a new initiative at Elephant Room Productions to provide a process-oriented program for playwrights.  One of the hardest parts of being a playwright is often the lack of availability for readings and collaboration early on in the writing process.  With Elephant Ears, we aim to get shows read out loud in a private setting early so that playwrights can use their time more efficiently while creating their next work.  Any playwright is welcome to submit their shows to us.  After receiving your submission, we will be in touch to discuss the vision of the show so far.  One of the project heads will write up a series of questions with the playwright's input and approval, bring in a collection of actors to read the show, record the reading, ask each actor the questions created for this production, and send all the results back to the playwright.

These readings are going on once a month in both Philadelphia and New York City; that's two readings a month giving playwrights plenty of opportunities to have their plays read.  Artistic Director, Lauren M. Shover, leads the Philadelphia readings and Company Manager, William Gwyn, leads the New York City readings.  Please feel free to reach out to us at ERPSubmissions@gmail.com for more details.

The following steps are optional; some playwrights may feel their work is done after the first EERS reading, while others may want to continue putting their play through its paces.  Each elephant walks at their own pace, so please feel free to reach out to us to discuss the individual path for your play. 

Step Two: ERP Half-Full Day Workshop

To participate in this, we need you to resubmit your play along with further information on what you would like to gain from this experience. If chosen, we respectively request a payment of $50 which will cover the various costs such as location and material that make it possible for us to do the workshop.

Step Three: ERP Workshop Weekend

This process is much more in-depth and will include deep dissection and exploration of your script with a casted group of professional actors. By the end of this weekend, you should have all the information you could possibly need to bring your play to a successful completion! To participate in this, we need you to resubmit your play along with further information on what you would like to gain from this experience. If chosen, we respectfully request a payment of $100 which will cover the various expenses such as location, material, and artist participation that make this unique experience possible.

Step Four: ERP Staged Reading

This is where it gets really fun! This process includes not only in-depth exploration, but character work and also blocking. We will do everything but actually produce your piece. So you can experience your piece live on stage. Better yet, for an audience! Following the staged-reading there will be a talk-back session with the audience where a facilitator will walk the audience through a set of questions (designed by Liz Lerman).  To participate in this, we need you to resubmit your play. If chosen, we respectfully request a payment of $150 which will cover the various expenses such as location, material and artist participation that will make this staged reading experience possible!

Recent EERS

by Chris Rivera
by Lauren M. Shover

Want to see our full roster of past EERS plays and playwrights? Check them out in the Elephant Graveyard.