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Every year, the YoungArts program of the National YoungArts Foundation offers 15- to 18-year-old emerging artists from around the country the chance to be mentored by some of the world's greatest artists in an intimate environment. In this all-new YoungArts MasterClass presentation, three student writers join Tony Award-winning playwright John Guare for a once-in-a-lifetime workshop in Rome, Italy when the HBO Family documentary special John Guare: A YoungArts Masterclass debuts TUESDAY, MARCH 4 (7:30-8:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO. Get a sneak peek of the special in the trailer below!
Oscar-nominated for the screenplay of "Atlantic City," John Guare is also known for such groundbreaking stage works as "A Free Man of Color" (Pulitzer Prize finalist); "House of Blue Leaves" (Obie/NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play); "Six Degrees of Separation" (Obie/NY Drama Critics Circle Award, London's Olivier Award for Best Play) and its screenplay; and "Two Gentlemen of Verona" (NY Drama Critics Prize, Tony Award, Best Musical). In John Guare: A YOUNGARTS MASTERCLASS, he welcomes three talented mentees - Caroline, Drew and Sharon - to the American Academy in Rome. Selected by the National YoungArts Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that identifies and supports the next generation of artists and contributes to the cultural vitality of the nation, they receive individual instruction from Guare, create their own works under his guidance and join him for a critique of their efforts.
The students and their mentor wander around Rome, finding inspiration in just about everything they see, from the Teatro Pompeii where Caesar was assassinated to cathedrals and churches. Guare notes that being a writer is a vocation, not a hobby, which must be accepted wholeheartedly. He asks the students to look at their surroundings and notice things in a brand new way, with a writer's eye.
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