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May232012

'Writing for Children: Getting past the Gatekeepers' (Cheryl L. West, USA)

"Is it not the job of any playwright writing for children or adults or both to write was is authentic, true, and makes for a compelling dramatic story. Is it not our mandate to write stories that potentially and hopefully ignite passion and ultimately discussion, particularly with our children? Children, I believe, are available and more than ready for lively discussion and engagement. Perhaps it’s us well meaning gatekeepers who, dare I say, create the barriers."

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Tuesday
May222012

'Interview with Australian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer'

How do you begin work on a new piece?: "Usually the first thing to appear is a character who is very blurry around the edges. I'll start by letting them speak and hearing what they say, what seems to be their mission or desire, and what might be impeding that. Then from this opening gambit, I try to recognize features of their landscape, of the world in which they live, and sketch that. Then if I now know that this person exists in this world, and with this drive for something, I’ll invent a person they might encounter (be they friend or foe) and slowly build a population out that way. Eventually I give them momentum and set them off on some adventure or other (it can be around a world, or a kitchen table, no matter), and then just try to problem-solve along the way."

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Tuesday
May222012

'At Play in the Fields of TYA' (Elissa Adams, USA)

When I arrived, in 1998, to work at Children’s Theatre Company, the largest children’s theater in the United States, I knew very little about the field of Theater for Young Audiences. I arrived, a nurturer of playwrights and developer of new work, with a head and heart full of playwrights whose work I loved and a hope that, by aligning myself with a large, regional theater helmed by an Artistic Director with a proven track record of producing new plays, I could get the work of the writers I loved produced. This has turned out to be true. In the fifteen years I have been Director of New Play Development, Children’s Theatre Company has commissioned and produced over thirty-five new plays by writers including Nilo Cruz, Kia Corthron, Lisa D’Amour, Melissa James Gibson, Jeffrey Hatcher, Naomi Iizuka, Will Power and Taylor Mac. I have been able to reach out to writers and theater makers whose work thrills me, put money in their pockets and their plays up in gloriously large-scale, professional productions.

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Tuesday
May222012

'Chupacabras and Risk in TYA' (Gabriel Jason Dean, USA)


I have an imaginary goat named Valencia who loves Payday candy bars, speaks Spanish, English (and goat) and is terrified of chupacabras. Just in case you don’t know, a chupacabra is a maybe mythical / maybe-not-so mythical creature known for sucking the blood of goats. Yes, a goat vampire. They were one of the discoveries I made at the Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices Festival while work-shopping my play The Transition of Doodle Pequeño alongside director, Wendy Bable from People’s Light & Theatre.

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Sunday
May202012

Entrevista con la dramaturga Berta Hiriart/Interview with playwright Berta Hiriart

Write local play global was able to charm Berta Hiriart into finding a few free moments to answer some questions, answers that she is sharing with her fellow playwrights.

WLPG: ¿Hubo algo en particular que te motivó a escribir para públicos jóvenes?
BERTA
: Guardo en la memoria la primera vez que asistí al teatro con mi escuela. Desde mi butaca, demasiado grande para una niña, la representación de El sueño de una noche de una verano me hizo saber que el teatro era capaz de reordenar el mundo, de recrearlo a su antojo, de iluminarlo. Supe desde entonces que me dedicaría a este hermoso trabajo.

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