Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights
Lovely group of people; web site's in transition. I am using their event as a model for a small press weekend / day at Beyond Baroque, where a small press would bring in, say, the publisher, and the local authors (well, it is LA, there are loads of presses which have, say, three-ish local authors at least), and maybe the few -- California, American West, some family in LA, a place to stay with the local authors of the press -- non-local authors.
Three would read on Friday night. Nice length, etc.: three readers. Then, on Saturday, there would be workshops, panels, talks -- specially tailored to the press and its authors -- one in the morning, maybe, one in the afternoon definitely, and then another three readers on Saturday night.
I LOVED the scene slam idea too -- I think it would make genius reality arts tv programming. You know that cooking show where three chefs get three weird ingredients, like blueberries, chocolate, and sardines, a half an hour, and any other ingredients that they want? So scene slam gives you a person, a place, and a thing/event, like "a jerky guy", "Egypt," and "a wedding", and three sets of playwright + actors have to make up a scene about it in 30 minutes, and then they put on the scene. I feel this is a viable idea if you show the set up, maybe highlights of the struggle, highlights of rehearsal, and then the "scene off".