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Notes from the Founder and President

I wanted to start a group in St. Louis that would provide St. Louis area writers with a venue for developing plays, screenplays and musical. Having been involved in several developmental groups in New York and San Diego, I thought I could bring that same experience to St. Louis. The evenings of play readings presented by the St. Louis Writers’ Group officially began on November 2005 at the Soulard Coffee Garden. The owner of the café, Ted, was kind enough to allow me to use the space once a month to do readings. The first reading was a bit sparse, and I wasn’t sure how long this new idea would last. The size of the audience has grown with each reading, and the quality of plays that have been read has been outstanding. The last event we held, two evenings of one-acts, was a huge success, and we had a capacity crowd. We have an exciting event planned in October, SLAM for playwrights. Anyone can bring a script in the night of SLAM, have part of it read, get feed back, and hopefully move on to the next round.

Mission Statement

The St. Louis Writers’ Group is dedicated to the development of the works of local playwrights, screenwriters and writers of musical theatre through developmental workshops, public readings followed by a discussion of their work, stage readings, and full-productions. St. Louis Writers’ Group has regular play readings on the first Monday of the month, and a workshop meeting on the second Monday of the month. We strive for a diverse program of events such as readings, SLAM events, and an open forum for playwrights, where anyone can bring works in and have them read, evenings of one-acts, and other events, which entertain and challenge an audience. We at the St. Louis Writers’ Group encourage diversity, embrace innovation, and nurture the creative spirit. All genres of theatre and film are accepted here.

We welcome writers from beginners to professional level. Everyone is welcome and has a voice at the St. Louis Writers’ Group.

We strive for ethnic diversity, creative innovation, and a high standard of excellence.

Plays Readings in 2005 and 2006
November 2005 The Healing of Joey Padowaski by Mario Fawell
December 2005 Time to Die by Don Weiss
January 2006 A Marine in Leotards by Neville Murr
February 2006 (Revised) The Healing of Joey Padowaski by Mario Farwell
March 2006 Evelyn's Girls by James Danek
April 2206 An Evening of One-Acts
American Gothic by James Danek
Service with a Smile by Mario Farwell
The Last Fifth of The 20th Century by Neville Murr
May 2006 The Death of the Mad King Hamnet by Doug Hettich
June 2006 Stormy Monday by Gregory Carr
July 2006 7-10 Split by John F. Williams
August 2006 Two Evenings of One-Acts
Apples and Eve by Steve Falcone
Beep Beep by Steve Falcone
Hyphenate by John F. Williams
I AM GOAT by Mario Farwell
Surprise by George Hickenlooper Sr.
Untitled by Joel M. Litman
What If by Thelma Urich
Determined Not Desperate by Diane M. Auth
The Confession by Larry Carp
Bread in their Mouth Fire in their Souls by Richard T. Young
A Radio Air Play by Don Corey
Don’t hate me ‘cause I’m Beautiful by Mario Farwell
September 2006 The Seamstress of St. Francis Street by Mario Farwell
October 2006 SLAM

I’m looking forward to getting other writers, directors, and performers involved in the group. Our goal is to facilitate the writing process from the initial idea to a fully-realized work of theatre or screenplay.

Mario Farwell

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