Each Savage WonderGround is a completely unique, never-to-be-duplicated-again, immersive, theatrical experience featuring art, music and spoken word live performances from local veteran artists. The first Savage WonderGround is November 11 at the Principle Gallery in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.
The podcast that celebrates veterans in the arts. From Delta Force operators-turned-metal guitarists to Marine machine gunners-turned-dance choreographers, these warrior artists have stories you will never forget.
When you join the VetRep mailing list, you are subscribed to the literary blog. More than just a way to stay in touch, our literary blog features daily selections of poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction curated from an outstanding group of veteran writers. In addition, this is also the best place to find out what is going on at VetRep!
Year 1 of the Savage Wonder Festival of Veterans in the Arts featured a wide variety of accomplished professional artist, who are each also a military veteran. Pairing with the Sugar Loaf Spring Festival, Year 1 of the Savage Wonder Festival saw over 4,000 visitors flock to the Village of Sugar Loaf and raise over $10,000 for our four local veterans nonprofits. With a full year to plan the next Savage Wonder, we’re excited to implement a lot of improvements and a lot of cool new additions to the festival. Stay tuned for news and updates about Year 2…
Founded in February 2021, VetRep is a 501(c)3 non-profit theater. VetRep brings talented veterans and world-class artists and performers together under one roof to create compelling live theater and events. Through an ongoing series of playwrighting competitions, VetRep assesses, develops and mentors talented veteran writers. Our 2022 season runs from April 2 to December 10 and consists of weekly staged readings at our Parlor, special events, and the Savage Wonder Festival of Veterans in the Arts. Our Savage Wonder literary blog and Savage Wonder podcast are both year-round productions. Our literary blog focuses on veteran writers and poets, while our podcast features long-form, one-on-one conversations with veterans in the arts.
Introducing David A. Tucker as a judge for this year's playwrighting competition!
A Seattle-based playwright, photographer and novelist, David A. Tucker II has had several of his plays produced and/or developed at theaters across the nation, including Seattle Repertory Theatre, Abingdon Theater Co., ACT, Tacoma Actors Guild, and Foothill Theater Co. His theatrical works include The Nude, Persistence of Vision, Another Day in Baghdad (about his military experiences in Iraq), Under the Skin and North Wind Blowin’, a play with music.
David received 2016 GAP funding for Smoke, a project where he interviews, photographs and videotapes members of Ebola burial teams as well as medical personnel who combatted the disease, an Ebola survivor, and staff on the Dead Body Management Teams in Liberia. His intent is to capture this challenging time in West African history by creating a theatrical work that weaves not only dialogue based upon these interviews, but also black and white photographs and video footage of the Liberian people and the locations in which these events took place.
Join us on Saturday, October 8th from 10 am – 4 pm to support the very best Hudson Valley Artisans, Vintage collectors, Farmers, Chefs and Distillers by purchasing their unique handcrafted products. Pet the Alpacas, taste the local foods and sample wine, cider, canned cocktails and shop unique handmade products. Stroll the grounds of this stunning 19th Century village and visit the General store, Blacksmith shop, the stone Schoolhouse, Gift shop and more! Rain Date: Sunday, October 9th. Tickets are available at @hudsonvalleyfarmandflea…
We are pleased to welcome back VetRep advisor Jeremy Kareken as a judge for our playwrighting competition!
Jeremy Kareken was born and raised in Rochester, NY, and graduated from the University of Chicago and the Actors Studio Drama School. For almost 20 years he worked for Inside the Actors Studio, where he was the researcher, the Associate Producer and Producer. For two presidential campaigns he served as a writer and policy analyst for Gary Johnson. Jeremy also works as a writing teacher and consultant.
With David Murrell, Jeremy co-wrote the Broadway hit The Lifespan of a Fact starring Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones and Bobby Cannavale and received the 2019 John Gassner Award for New Plays from the Outer Critics Circle. Jeremy’s awards include the EST Next Step Fellowship, the Walter Dakin Fellowship at the Sewanee Writers Conference, the Hamptons Film Festival’s screenwriting conference, the Playwrights Center/Guthrie Theater’s Two-Headed challenge, and the 25th Annual Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Awards.
Introducing Cheryl L. Davis as a judge for our playwrighting competition!
Cheryl L. Davis received a Writers’ Guild Award for her work on the daytime dramatic serial As the World Turns and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for her work on that show as well. She is currently writing for Law & Order: SVU on a freelance basis for its history-making 21st season, and her episode “Garland’s Baptism by Fire” aired on April 2, 2020.
Introducing Cheryl L. Davis as a judge for our playwrighting competition
Cheryl received the Ed Kleban Award for her work as a musical theater librettist, and her musical Barnstormer, written with award-winning composer Douglas J. Cohen, received a Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award under the auspices of the Lark Play Development Center. Her work has been read and performed internationally, including at the Cleveland Play House, the Kennedy Center, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
She has a degree in English and a Certificate in Theatre and Dance from Princeton University, and has studied playwriting with Jean-Claude Van Itallie and Jeffrey Sweet. She is a former Dramatists Guild Fellow, having been mentored by playwright/librettist Alfred Uhry. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and a Board member of the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund.
She received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and her M.S.J. from the Columbia University School of Journalism. She is a practicing attorney in Manhattan and is the General Counsel for the Authors Guild.…
Introducing Fred Graver as the chief judge for our most recent playwrighting competition!
Fred’s career spans comedy writing and producing (Late Night With David Letterman, Cheers, In Living Color, Jon Stewart), interactive producing (The MY Vh1 Awards, ZoogDisney), and creating shows that span the web and television (Best Week Ever). He has been the Head of TV at Twitter, where he worked with networks, producers and talent around the world to create new and innovative ways to put TV and the Internet together. He has 7 Emmy Nominations (including one for the post-9/11 "Concert for New York City") and 4 Emmys, as well as a NAACP award and a Webby. Currently, Fred creates “conversational design” for AI at Nuance and Microsoft.
Introducing Jeffrey Sweet as a judge for our second ever playwrighting competition!
Jeffrey Sweet has had a split career. On the one hand, as a dramatist, he’s been writing plays and musicals that first were produced professionally in 1970. They have been produced off-Broadway in New York and in stages around the world, though he’s primarily identified with Chicago. He was part of the wave of writers, actors and directors who transformed Chicago’s off-Loop theater scene beginning in the Seventies. As a resident writer of the Victory Gardens Theater, he saw thirteen of his plays produced there featuring actors such as William Petersen, Amy Morton, Jon Cryer, Shelley Berman, Gary Cole and Tandy Cronyn. He also collaborated on two off-Broadway musicals. Along the way, Jeff also wrote a couple of hundred hours of television, working with Alan Bates, Ellen Burstyn and Candace Bergen among many others.
The other part of Jeff’s career has been writing about theater. His most recent book, What Playwrights Talk About When They Talk About Writing is a collection of interviews with playwrights, including Edward Albee, Lanford Wilson, Lynn Nottage, Marsha Norman, Jules Feiffer and Donald Margulies. He also co-edited eleven editions of the Best Plays annual with Otis Guernsey.
He is a member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild, is a Tony voter, an alumnus of New Dramatists and a member of Ensemble Studio Theater. He has spent much of the pandemic happily teaching three classes on Zoom.
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Write a scene where a character has checked into a hotel room, but just as they are getting settled in, a second character enters. The first line of dialogue from either character should be “I’m not leaving.”