Mondays: Writing the One-Person Show with Lori Fischer


When:  6 Mondays, 6:30-9pm, June 2nd-July 7, 2014
EARLY BIRD PRICING: $550; Regular Price: $600
The Writers Room, 740 Broadway, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10003
Closest Subways: 6 to Astor or N/R to 8th Street/NYU

Everyone has a story to tell. We go to the supermarket and come home with a desire to tell the story of the woman with a shopping cart full of cake. We wake up bursting with the details of the strange dream we just had. The craving for great storytelling is in our DNA. By combining in-class writing and acting exercises, reading and writing assignments, this course will focus the student’s writing towards the creation of a solo show. This course will give dramatists the opportunity to cultivate and refine their writing craft as they explore what drama is, why we tell stories and what makes a good dramatic situation. Readings will include works by Janet Neipris, William Luce, Anna Deveare Smith, Nilaja Sun, Will Eno, Margaret Edson and more.

This class will cover:

  • Why we tell stories and what drama is, specifically the one-person show
  • The basic elements of dramatic structure
  • How to develop voice and style
  • How to achieve and understand emotional truth as writer, reader and viewer
  • Objective, obstacle and action in storytelling
  • The beauty of differences
  • World-building in storytelling and drama
  • Characterization techniques
  • Creating setting and conflict
  • Working stage direction into storytelling

* Includes five classes and a show during the final class.

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The New York Times says. . .

“The show’s biggest asset is that the members of the trio – Ms. Murfitt, Mary Ehlinger and Lori Fischer – are as adept classical musicians as they are comic performers … Ms. Fischer (has a) rich country folk voice …”

The Daily Gazette (Schenectady) says. . .

“Renaissance woman Lori Fischer – writer, composer, singer, actress – won over the . . . house with a 90 minute show that amused and warmed in equal measure . . . Fischer is terrific.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer says. . .

“Ms. Fischer has a lot of strengths, chief among them the truth that rings through … her monologues … She also has a sure ear for down-home truism.”

LoriFischerInstructor: Lori Fischer is the “2008 New York University Harry Kondoleon Graduate Award in Playwriting” recipient and a 2008-09 Dramatists Guild Fellow. Recent Credits: The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers produced at Capital Repertory Theatre summer 2013, Is This Heaven, Evan? by Lori Fischer, Don Chaffer and Lori Chaffer, produced in the BeSpoke Musicals Festival at The York Theatre Company, NYC, Petie by Lori Fischer produced at the Duke Energy Theatre by Starving Artist Productions, 2013. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed musical Barbara’s Blue Kitchen, which played Off-Broadway at The Lamb’s Theatre in 2006 and was published by Samuel French in 2007. Her work has been seen at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, the Stonestreet Film Festival, the RipFest Film Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and The Adirondack Theatre Festival. Lori received her M.F.A. from the N.Y.U. Dramatic Writing Department in 2008. Film Credits: Lori’s short film Dottie’s Thanksgiving Pickle starring Olympia Dukakis, Nancy Opel and Joey Collins was recently featured in the Hollywood Shorts Festival and was an official selection for the New Jersey International Film Festival, the Garden State Film Festival, the Buffalo Niagara Film festival, the Long Island International Film Expo and the Appalachian International Film Festival. In 2010 her musical The Water Knows My Name was produced at Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Camp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and her one-act The Burning was produced in the Midtown International Theatre Festival. In 2011, her play Thoughts of Rome was produced by the Georgetown Theatre Company in the Capitol Fringe Festival. Her feature film Chasing Taste was the Feature Comedy Award Winner at the 2013 Burbank International Film Festival. As an actress, Ms. Fischer created the Off-Broadway role of Barbara Jean in her show Barbara’s Blue Kitchen and Lee in the hit musical Cowgirls. She’s also performed at: SoHo Playhouse, Theatre for a New City, Dixon Place, E.S.T., The Old Globe Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Playmakers Rep. and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Most recently, Lori performed the role of Junie in her musical The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers at Capital Repertory Theatre, Bonnie in her play Petie at the Duke Energy Theatre, Elmadora in the musical Son of a Gun at the Beckett Theatre, NYC and Mindy in Eduardo Machado’s play Worship at Theater for the New City, NYC. She’s also appeared in the films Welcome to the World and Chasing Taste. Chasing Taste will screen in the Visionfest ’14 Film Festival at the Tribeca Film Center. A two-time All-American in Track and Field, she has sung the National Anthem for the New York Yankees and the Cincinnati Reds. Currently, Lori teaches “Writing Great Characters” and “Getting into the Writing Habit” at NYU SCPS. For more information about Lori go to

Dates & Time: 6 Mondays, 6:30-9pm, June 2nd-July 7, 2014
Early Bird Special: $550; Regular Price: $600
The Writers Room, 740 Broadway, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10003
Closest Subways: 6 to Astor or N/R to 8th Street/NYU

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