Parley, taught by Freehold playwriting teacher Rebecca Tourino Collinsworth, is a hybrid writing workshop and production entity that meets weekly. Parley invests deeply in its associate playwrights and sustains its support of them over months and years: from the false starts and tender beginnings of a scene to the completed manuscript and on through casting, rehearsal, revision, production, and beyond. Parley produced 12 world premiere workshops in 2016 alone. Parley’s process is unique in Seattle.
Parley is accessible as an organization to gifted local playwrights seeking long-term writing support and development, as well as a passionate public audience for their works-in-progress.
Our artists love the simple immediacy of good storytelling. We limit our design elements so the text can reach the viewer with minimal distraction; to encourage imaginative transformation (the most exciting part of live theater); and to keep production costs down so everyone can afford to come.
The arts are fundamental to our humanity. They ennoble and inspire us—fostering creativity, goodness, and beauty. The arts bring us joy, help us express our values, and build bridges between cultures. The arts also are a fundamental component of healthy communities, strengthening them socially, educationally, and economically—benefits that persist even in difficult social and economic times.
Parley is fiscally sponsored by Shunpike. Shunpike is the 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that provides independent arts groups in Washington State with the services, resources, and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success. All donation to Parley through Shunpike are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.
All funds raise support our outlay of general expenses: whatever it takes to bring you fresh, diverse, relevant new art. Generally, a production runs approximately $775 before tickets sales, $475 after. The breakdown is roughly:
· Venue: $450
· Programs: $60
· Postcards: $60
· Artist stipends: $125
· Props/ticketing items: $60
· Design clipart: $20
Other annual costs:
· Printer paper/toner/office supplies (script binding materials): $360 a year ($30 per production)
· TPS membership: 134.20 per year ($11.20 per production)
· TPS generals auditing: $90 per year ($7.50 per production)
· Website and domain: $150 per year ($12.50 per production)