Come see my collection of pals talking about how they writetheir theatrical masterpieces. I'm producing this panel for IWOSCbecause I have spent so many years reviewing theatre and writingabout it. And IWOSC is a great organization. Come see!"The Playwrights Round Table: Why Write for the Theater inTinseltown?"IWOSC's MAY GENERAL MEETINGMonday, May 217:30 p.m. Sharp!Veterans Memorial Building, 4117 Overland Avenue Culver ityIWOSC is spending the month of May in the Theater, with aworkshop on "Staging Your Words: How to Produce Your OwnPlay" slated for Saturday, May 19, and a playwrights RoundTable the following Monday evening.Please join Del Shores, Hoyt Hilsman, Katherine Griffith,Diane Lefer, Jonathan Dorf, and Dan Berkowitz as thisdistinguished panel of nationally-produced playwrightsdiscuss the art and craft of writing plays, the state oflive theater in Los Angeles - and why, in the land of theSilver Screen, it is good to not be in Development Hell.Believe it or not, there are advantages to being in thetheater in Tinseltown: You may make little money, but youhave all the power. Your work isn't cut and edited byothers. You can say what you want. Enjoy the immediategratification of producing it yourself soon after you writeit -- great when you are responding to current events.But what does it mean to write theatrically? What doestheater do that other mediums don't? What is the state oflive theater today? How does it fit in with other mediums?Meet the panelists:* DEL SHORES (writer/director/producer) has written,directed and produced film, television and stage. He haswritten six plays: "Cheatin'" (1984), "Daddy'sDyin'...Who's Got the Will?" (1987), "Daughters of the LoneStar State" (1993), "Sordid Lives" (1996), "SouthernBaptist Sissies" (2000), and "The Trials and Tribulationsof a Trailer Trash Housewife" (2003). "Daddy'sDyin'...Who's Got The Will?," originally ran two years atTheatre/Theater in Hollywood, winning many Los Angelestheatre awards, including LA Weekly's Best Production andBest Writing. The play has subsequently been produced inover 2,000 theatres worldwide. A 1990 movie versionof "Daddy's Dyin'" starred Beau Bridges, Tess Harper, JudgeReinhold, Keith Carradine and Beverly D'Angelo. Shoreswrote the screenplay and executive-produced the film.In 1999, Shores wrote and directed the film versionof "Sordid Lives" starring Beau Bridges, Delta Burke,Olivia Newton-John, Bonnie Bedelia, Leslie Jordan, and BethGrant, along with most of the cast from the play. The moviehas become a cult phenomenon. In 2002 Twentieth Century Foxreleased the DVD/Video, which has now sold over 200,000units.Shores has written and produced for the televisionseries "Queer As Folk," "Dharma & Greg," "Ned & Stacy,"and "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," and wrote, directed and executiveproduced the Showtime movie, "The Wilde Girls." He iscurrently in pre-production for both the film versionof "Southern Baptist Sissies," which he will write, direct,and produce, and a TV series based on "Sordid Lives," whichhe will also write, direct and produce.* HOYT HILSMAN is an award-winning screenwriter, playwrightand journalist. Hilsman has written screenplays for anumber of studios and television networks, includingDisney, Sony, New Line, ABC, NBC and CBS. His stage playshave been produced in theaters around the country andabroad, and have won numerous awards. His televisionscript, "Foggy Bottom," based on his childhood inWashington, was honored at the 2005 Slamdance Festival.Hilsman has also been a regular theater and televisioncritic for Daily Variety. He has written, produced anddirected several independent films and television series,including "Deadly Embrace," "Snow Without Name,"and "Beneath the Eyes of God."In addition, he is a past President of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, a judge of the PEN West LiteraryAwards and he has recently helped to organize a seriesof "Intentional Conversations" for business, civic and artsleaders throughout Southern California.* KATHERINE GRIFFITH is a writer and actor whose work hasbeen seen in 15 states, five countries and over 100 venues,including comedy clubs, prisons, San Francisco's Solo MioFestival, Yale, Woodstock's Kleinert Arts Festival, DanceTheater Workshop, PS 122, and Dallas Theater Center. Herplay, "The Ballad of Billy K: The Tall Tale Adventures ofthe Crazy K Kid," won the Stages Texas Playwrights Awardand was presented at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference. Itwas also a finalist for the Mill Mountain Theater Festivaland Bay Area Playwrights Festival. She is currentlyexpanding the Billy K mythology into a series of children'sbooks.In response to 9-11, Griffith created "Windows on theWorld," in which she portrayed 40 characters in a 10-minutemontage of found and edited text. "Windows" was selectedout of 1,500 entries as a finalist for the Heideman Awardat the Actors Theatre of Louisville. Griffith was chair ofthe Committee for Women at the Dramatist Guild for threeyears and on the advisory board for the International WomenPlaywrights Conferences. She is currently creating a HungryGhost Pageant Play for the Zen Center of Los Angeles's 40thAnniversary conference this May.* DIANE LEFER has written fiction and traditional full-length plays. Her play "Harvest" was produced in LosAngeles under the direction of Jon Lawrence Rivera. Shewrote the play and music for "American Buggery," an accountbased on the court records of men hanged for bestiality incolonial New England, which premiered at Trustus Theatre inColumbia, South Carolina. Lefer collaborated with HectorAristizabal to create "Nightwind," a performance pieceabout his arrest and torture by U.S.-supported military inColombia. Lefer's latest work of fiction, " CaliforniaTransit," was published in April and was awarded the MaryMcCarthy Prize in Short Fiction.* DAN BERKOWITZ is West Coast member liaison for TheDramatists Guild of America, the professional associationof playwrights, composers, and lyricists, and is Co-Chairof The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights (ALAP). Amongmany works, he is co-author of "There's No Place LikeHollywood!," an Ovation Award nominee for Best Musical; theoff-Broadway musical "Miami Beach Monsters;" and therevue "A… My Name is Still Alice," which premiered at SanDiego's Old Globe, moved to Second Stage in New York, andhas since been produced in more than 35 states. Dan writesa regular column for The Dramatist magazine, and will soonskid onto the information superhighway driving* JONATHAN DORF, ALAP's co-chair, has had his playsproduced in more than 35 states, as well as in Canada,Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. His playsinclude "Ben," "Bookends," " Shining Sea," "Milk andCookies," and "Neverland," which have been produced at suchvenues as Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, EnsembleStudio Theatre - LA, Moving Arts, and the Pittsburgh NewWorks Festival. Dorf is the author of the book "YoungPlaywrights 101," a complete playwriting resource for youngplaywrights and those who teach them. He lives online atThe Moderator is IWOSC's own GARY YOUNG, Director ofProfessional Development and an accomplished playwright.Young's plays have been produced throughout the U.S. andEurope, at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the WhiteHouse, the Smithsonian, and many schools andcolleges. "Interruptions," an off-beat portrayal of griefand loss, originally produced at the Kennedy Center, ran atthe Stella Adler theatre in Los Angeles. His one-personshow, "On Hold: the Myth of Male Maturity," opens soon.Young also authored the book, "Loss and Found," co-writtenby his wife, Kathy Young.COST: IWOSC members: free. Guests are welcome; generaladmission: $15.Reservations required. Deadline: Noon, Monday, May 21.Seats will be held until ten minutes before the start ofthe program. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-877-799-WRITE[799-7483] for reservations, directions, or information.