COERCION World Premiere!

PRT presents the world premiere of Louise Wigglesworth's COERCION, March 20-29, 2015 at the Orlando Shakes. BUY TICKETS

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COERCION by Louise Wigglesworth

March 20-29, 2015


In this day and age of anti-bullying programs and awareness, why does bullying still happen? And what can we do when forces greater than ourselves prevent us from doing anything about it?

Playwrights' Round Table opens its newest full-length play premiere, Coercion, by Florida playwright Louise Wigglesworth, beginning March 20th at the Mandell Theatre in the Lowndes Shakespeare Center. The play confronts the scourge of bullying in schools, but also examines how easy it is for our society to look the other way when it happens.

In the play -- based partly on an actual case -- Principal Steve Roland struggles with his conscience and his duty as his school begins to unravel when three of his students, responding to the bullying and bigotry they see in their school and their community, stage a peaceful protest the day after a brutal murder is committed by some of their fellow students. Will he be able to maintain his commitment to rules above all, or will he do the right thing? And can he keep his students safe as the situation spirals out of control?

This hard hitting story of bigotry, bullying, and the strength to rise above it will be making its debut at the Mandell Theater at the Orlando Shakespeare Center, March 20th-22nd and 27th-29th, with Friday and Saturday shows at 8M, and Sunday matinees at 3PM. There will be a talkback with the playwright and cast on opening night after the performance.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 PRT members, students, Seniors 65+, military w/ID. Cash and credit sales via Square at door. Advanced Online Sales available through

For seating reservations or more information, call (407) 761-2683.

Starring Jedonn Bell, BeeJay Aubertin Clinton, Buddy Fales, Kendra Musselle, Babetta Popoff, David Strauss, Russell Trahan and Winona Wiley.

Directed by Steve Austin. Stage management by Hannah Sperling.

Sponsored By:

The Meehle Law Firm, P.A.

Real Property Management and Realty, Inc.

Zebra Coalition


  • March - Premiere Opens, Summer Shorts Script Call.
  • February - Premiere Cast Announced, Valencia Script Call.
  • January - Launch 2015 Opens, Premiere auditions.

  • December - Launch 2015 Casts, Premiere Auditions Announced.
  • November - Goring Festival, Launch & Premiere Calls Announced.
  • October - New Board, PRT Receives Grant.
  • September - Membership Meeting, Goring Auditions, Premiere Call.
  • August - Summer Shorts Performances.
  • July - GoringFest & Premiere Script Calls.
  • June - Summer Shorts Auditions, CityWrights conference.
  • May - Fringe Opens, Season Announcement.
  • April - Premiere Opens, Shorts Script Call.
  • February - Fringe Auditions, Valencia/PRT Script Call.
  • January - Launch Opens, New Web Site, Premiere Cast.

  • December - Premiere Auditions, PRT Member News.
  • November - Launch Auditions, Premiere Announcement.
  • October - Goring Fest Opens, 13-14 Board Elected.
  • September - Launch Call, Goring Cast Announcement.
  • August - GoringFest Auditions, Premiere Call.
  • July - Summer Shorts Opens, Script Calls.
  • June - GoringFest Call, Premiere Call.
  • May - Fringe Arrives, Summer Shorts Auditions.
  • April - New Season, Summer Shorts Call.
  • March - Pine Opens, PRT Member News.
  • February - Premiere Cast Announced, OrangeTV Filming.
  • January - Launch 2013 Opens, Premiere Auditions.

  • December - Launch 2013 Creative Teams, Member News.
  • November - GoringFest Opens, Launch Auditions.
  • October - Premiere Announced, Launch Call Continues.
  • September - GoringFest Auditions, Launch Call.
  • August - GoringFest Scripts Announced, Premiere Call.
  • July - Shorts Opens, GoringFest Call Closes.
  • June - Shorts Auditions, GoringFest Call.
  • May - Fringe News, Shorts Announced.
  • April - Season Announced, Shorts Call.
  • March - Premiere Opens, Shorts Call, Fringe Teaser.
  • February - YouTube Channel, Fringe Cast Announced.
  • January - Launch Opens, Premiere Cast, Fringe Auditions.
  • December - Second Sundays, Premiere/Fringe.
  • November - Launch Auditions, Premiere Announced.
  • October - GoringFest Teams, GoringFest Announced.
  • September - Launch Call, Membership Meeting.
  • August - GoringFest/Fringe Calls.
  • July - Shorts Teams, Script Calls.
  • June - GoringFest/Fringe Call, Shorts Auditions.
  • May - Shorts Scripts, Premiere Call.
  • April - Shorts Call, Member News.
  • March - Shorts Scripts, Member News.
  • January - Launch Opens, RIP Kate Singleton.
  • December - Launch Teams, GoringFest News.
  • November - GoringFest Casts and Performance Schedule.
  • October - Launch Call, Board Elected.
  • September - GoringFest/Fringe Announcements.
  • August - Shorts 2010 Opens.
  • July - Shorts 2010 Announced.
  • June - Fringe Report, GoringFest/Fringe Call.
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Next Workshop: Sunday, April 12, 2015. 1:00 pm.

Sleuth's Mystery Dinner Shows, 8267 International Drive, Orlando

What happens at our workshops?

All writers are welcome to bring any piece they're working on, from a ten minute short to a full length work. While our primary focus is on play writing, we have in the past given feedback on screenplays as well. You don't have to be a member to bring a script or attend, and admission is free.

Scripts are then cold read by our group, which usually contains a selection of actors from all over Central Florida. Following the read, there is a feedback period for the writer to discuss what worked and what didn't in their play.

Many of the scripts that are produced in our various annual productions get their start in the workshops.

Usually, the monthly workshop takes places on the second Sunday of each month, but may occasionally be changed due to ongoing productions.

Guidelines for Second Sundays Workshops

Due to the success of holding our workshops down at Sleuth's, with great attendance and a LOT of scripts (many very good ones, we might add!) coming through, we must now ask that if you are planning to bring in a script for a reading, you must first e-mail us at to schedule your scripts.

You may e-mail us to request a slot until the day prior to the workshop. Please include your name, script title, and approximate length of the script in minutes (in general, a 10 page script can run between 10-12 minutes, a one-act between 20 to 45 minutes, and a full-length from 90-120 minutes). We will schedule as many as our time allows us, with the understanding that full-length plays will generally only read a couple of scenes to start.

The general order of readings is first-come, first-served based on the time slot requests; however, PRT member playwrights, if in attendance, will have their plays read first, then the rest down the line (member playwrights must still request a reading slot, however, and must arrive on time or they lose their slot).

Keep in mind, you DO NOT have to be a member to attend our workshops or bring a script in for a reading, and it is always free to any member of the public who wishes to join us. This is simply to ensure that we have enough time to fairly read and comment upon everyone's scripts.

We hope you will all continue to use this free service to our theatrical community, and enjoy hearing and helping the work of your fellow writers. If you have any questions, please e-mail us at

About PRT

To contact PRT, please email us at

Our mission, begun in 1997, is to find and nurture new playwrights and their works, to give a home to new stage works, and to enliven the page-to-stage process. We serve new and experienced playwrights and screenwriters by providing a venue for new work.

Through our free monthly script workshops, we allow authors to develop and refine their works, everything from ten minute shorts through full length two act plays. The authors' works are read by professional actors, in a collaborative setting, which receives audience feedback.

We are the only group that produces original stage works in Central Florida year round, through our annual productions of short plays in our Summer Shorts and Launch play series, one acts in our John Goring Memorial One Act Festival and through the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival, and full length works through the PRT Premiere Series, beginning in 2012. Our members have enjoyed productions throughout Florida, New York, Massachusetts, Texas and more.

We also offer staged readings of some of our member's newest works, all over Central Florida.

Help support Playwrights' Round Table and the arts in Central Florida with your time, talent, and resources. We are always seeking enthusiastic directors, performers, and support staff to help us succeed in our mission.

Playwrights' Round Table is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation. Our elected Board of Directors for the 2014-15 season are:

PresidentCharles R. Dent
Vice PresidentAl Pergande
TreasurerJim Cundiff
SecretaryCandy Heller
DirectorCarol Palumbo
DirectorTara Rewis
DirectorDavid Strauss
DirectorSylvia Viles


Membership is open to all who wish to join, not just playwrights. Playwrights need a host of helpers: directors, actors, producers, technicians, dramaturgs, and astute audience members.

Annual membership is open to all, just $30 per year. You can remit dues to:

Playwrights' Round Table, Inc.
4696 Middlebrook Road #J
Orlando, FL 32811

Membership includes participation in our monthly script workshop, generally held on the second Sunday of each month, a vote in business affairs at the annual September meetings, and discounts on all PRT-produced shows. Please note that to receive a full production of your play, you must be a member of Playwrights' Round Table.

We now accept PayPal for your yearly membership dues!


Playwrights' Round Table is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. It directs all earned income to the furtherance of our mission, and to pay for costs associated with it, such as space rental, insurance, and general show costs. We are actively seeking sponsors and donors to help us in the fulfillment of our mission. All donations are tax-deductible and help us bring new voices and new works to the stage. Please send all donations to:

Playwrights' Round Table, Inc. Donors
4696 Middlebrook Road #J
Orlando, FL 32811

We now accept PayPal for your donations!

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