Created by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, the Bake-Off is a community playwriting event in which participants (this could be YOU) are given a list of “ingredients” surrounding a theme to incorporate into their play (for example: a kitchen sink, a front porch, and a withheld secret) to inspire creativity.

The theme for our 2020 Spring/Summer Bake-Off is “Mahicantuck, The River that Flows Both Ways.”

In preparation, all are invited to attend free online play writing workshops. All workshop participants can submit short plays to be considered. Between 5 and 7 of these plays will be performed by professional actors as part of the Community Bake-Off: Evening of Short Plays online on July 18th.

Christine Scarfuto will be leading the playwriting workshops for the Bake-Off. Scarfuto is Acting Director of the MFA playwriting program at Hunter College. Prior to her role with Hunter College she served as the Literary Manager at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT.
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Saturday, May 23rd
Presented in partnership with the Desmond Fish Library
Garrison, New York (Putnam County)

Sunday, May 24th
Presented in partnership with The Field Library
Peekskill, New York (Westchester County)

Saturday, May 30th
Presented in partnership with The Poughkeepsie Public Library
Poughkeepsie, New York (Dutchess County)

Saturday, May 30th
Presented in partnership with
The Julia Butterfield Library and
Philipstown Behavioral Health Hub
Cold Spring, New York (Putnam County)

Sunday, May 31st
Presented in partnership with
Newburgh Free Library and
Safe Harbors of the Hudson
Newburgh, New York (Orange County)

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At each workshop participants will brainstorm a list of ingredients around the theme Mahicantuck, “The River that Flows Both Ways.”. At the conclusion of the workshops, the ingredients will be sent to Bake-Off Creator Paula Vogel who will curate the list and send back a selection of ingredients. Workshop participants (from this year and prior) will be sent the list of ingredients. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to create ten-minute plays based on these themes, and, if they choose, submit them to HVSF for consideration for inclusion in the final Bake-Off performances.

Script submissions for the Bake-Off must be submitted to bakeoff (at) hvshakespeare.org by midnight on Sunday, June 21. Selected participants will be notified by Friday, July 3. Selected plays will be read by professional actors online Saturday, July 18.. A total of 5-7 plays will be selected to be included in the final presentation.

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Questions? See our Bake-Off FAQs.