Tracy Held Potter

Writer for Stage & Screen

Putting My Faith in the Faithless (Electors)

My new PSA Music Video about the Electoral College electors is now up! Check it out:

“How Touching” Short Play

This short play was originally produced by the San Francisco Playwrights Foundation for the 2016 FlashPlays Festival.

HOW TOUCHING
By Tracy Held Potter

Characters: Adult 1, Adult 2, Child

[ADULTS talk while CHILD plays.]

ADULT 1
I just don’t get why he thinks it’s okay to touch people that way.

ADULT 2
Right? Like it’s an office, keep your hands to yourself, Dude.

ADULT 1
Exactly.

[ADULT 1 checks the time.]

ADULT 1 (cont.)
Oh! We’ve got to go. It was great to see you!

ADULT 2
Yeah! Let’s do this again—sooner!

ADULT 1
Say goodbye.

[ADULT 2 stretches arms to get a hug, but Child goes to Adult 1.]

CHILD
Bye.

ADULT 2
No hug? Come over here!

[CHILD shakes head “no.”]

ADULT 1
Go on.
(nudging)
Then you can have a treat in the car.

[CHILD reluctantly goes to Adult 2, “accepting” ADULT 2’s hug with arms down, then scurries back to Adult 1.]

ADULT 1
Was that so bad?

[END OF PLAY]

FlashPlays 2016

Honored that my short play “How Touching” about bodily autonomy was included in the SF Playwright Foundation’s FlashPlays festival in San Francisco.

“Election Day – The Musical” is up!

Although I’m posting this here a bit late, I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to collaborate with actor and composer Theresa Stroll to make this nonpartisan voting rights musical.

Science Fair the Musical Cast for Musical Cafe

Introducing our fantastic cast for the Musical Cafe Showcase production of Science Fair the Musical!

Tickets Available for Musical Cafe Showcase

Science Fair the Musical will be featured in the Musical Cafe Showcase this November 12-14 at PianoFight in San Francisco. Please join us for twenty minutes of some of my favorite songs co-written by Philip Surtees from the screenplay, including “First World Problems,” “Sell Out,” and “I’m Always Right (So You Must Be Wrong).”

The screenplay for Science Fair the Musical is currently available for film industry professionals at The Black List.

How to Get Your Work Produced, Oct 16th

On Sunday, October 16th, I will be moderating the first panel for Play Cafe’s How to Get Your Work Produced workshop at The Bakery at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre.

How to Get Your Work Produced

Join us for Play Cafes popular workshop panel How to Get Your Work Produced featuring panel discussions with prominent and successful writers, artistic directors, and composers. Participants are welcome to attend as many or as few sessions as they wish. For $10, we will offer an optional dinner item from a local eatery to be delivered during the meal break.

This event will include three sessions:

Session 1, 1:30-3:00 How to Get Your Play Produced
Panelists: Jon Tracy, Lauren Gunderson, Cleavon Smith,
Jeffrey Lo & Annette Roman
Moderator: Tracy Held Potter

Refreshment break from 3:00 to 3:30 included in price

Session 2, 3:30-5:00 How to Get Your Musical Produced
Panelists: Scott Guy, Patricia Milton, Min Kahng,
Sarah Rose Leonard, Elizabeth McKoy & Gretchen Feyer
Moderator: Jerome Joseph Gentes

Dinner Break 5:00-6:00
Optional dinner provided for an additional $10

Evening Networking Session, 6:00-8:00: Meet Your Colleagues and Potential Collaborators. Bring a quick pitch! Looking for a playwright? A composer? Lyrics? Incidental music for your play? Early registrants will have the opportunity to sign up for time to sing a song, play a tune on the piano, read from a play or lyric, or just introduce yourself and your current project to the community.

Play Cafe members use code cafe1016 for $5 discount. To join Play Cafe, visit http://www.playcafe.org/memberships.

Purchase Tickets Online
Play Cafe is a nonprofit playwrights group dedicated to supporting Bay Area writers with monthly Scene Nights to develop works-in-progress and by hosting special events.

Musical Cafe Showcase Auditions

My screenplay Science Fair the Musical with music by Phillip Surtees will be included in Play Cafe’s Musical Cafe Showcase in November in San Francisco from November 12-15. We’ll have 20 minutes worth of material in this showcase, alongside three other musicals in progress by Northern California musical writing teams.

Auditions for this showcase are happening on Monday, September 12th at PianoFight (near Powell BART) in the evening. We’re casting for four non-equity parts: two women who can play teens (both altos), one man who can play a teen (tenor with falsetto), and one woman who can play “older” than the teens (vocal range is open). Just email musicals @playcafe.org to schedule an audition.

“Suddenly Split & Swiping Over”

I’m extremely thrilled that All Terrain Theater is producing my one-woman solo performance play “Suddenly Split and Swiping Over” this summer through the Hollywood Fringe Festival, and will then do something that we’ve never done before: tour it back to the Bay Area!

At the end of my MFA program at Carnegie Mellon University, my professor sat me down to go over my experience with the program and to discuss my next steps. I had written a 20-minute version of this play for class and he thought this was the one play that I should make sure to finish and send everywhere. SO, I am following through and making it happen and I could not be more excited to have the excellent direction of award-winning director Katherine Vondy to guide me through this process and to have the incredible Susan-Kate Heaney to originate this role with the Hollywood Fringe Festival. As if that weren’t awesome enough, the versatile Angela Jaymes is understudying the role for Hollywood Fringe and will then tour the show to the Bay Area in July!

That is, if all goes well with our Kickstarter campaign! We are hosting a brisk fundraising campaign to raise $3,000 by Thursday, April 28th to make sure we can adequately promote the production in Hollywood and to then tour the show back to the Bay Area. If you can make a contribution, please do!

 

2015 in Review

My Year in Review with a list of the writing/professional accomplishments I’ve made this year in film, television writing, opera, and stage theater.

All Terrain Theater, Six Monsters, Photo by Rob Eves

All Terrain Theater, Six Monsters, Photo by Rob Eves

LIVE PERFORMANCES

FILM/WEB SERIES/OTHER MEDIA


UNPRODUCED WRITING
  • Completed a spec script for the TV drama “Masters of Sex”
  • Ninja Scientist (completed one-hour TV action comedy)
  • Science Fair the Musical (developing music with composer Phil Surtees for award-winning full length screenplay)
  • SalmonQuest (short play comedy)
  • Santa Surveillance (short play drama)

OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS

I guess that does it!

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