Tag Archive | Playwright

Vomit Writing Magic Muse

Being a playwright-  finding your muse is very important- having your space, having your music, having your spells, chants, and charms around you as you write is very important. But sometimes it just doesn’t come. My first mentor/friend in playwriting was Stephen Adly Guirgis. Outside of my mother, he was the first person who told […]

The Journey – Development Notes, 11.29.17

[This post is a continuation of a series about the developmental process of THE JOURNEY.  Click here to read the previous post.] Our meeting work session today included Jeremy, the Assistant Director.  Yo-El and I read the script aloud, alternating scenes, while Jeremy and Georgia listened and took notes.  This was Jeremy’s first encounter with […]

Prewriting in spite of traumatic topics

In Kirsten Greenidge’s Playwrighting I class, the semester culminates in a project where students complete a one act. I’ve been stewing on an idea for over two years now, and when this project that was longer than a 10 minute play was introduced, I decided it was time to begin. The play is going to […]

The Journey – Development Notes, 11.15.17

This post is inspired by the honest and straightforward reflection of the making of theatre in The Production Notebooks, edited by Mark Bly.  The Journey began development in the fall of 2017. Yo-El Cassell was the instigating artist.  This play is inspired by both Herman Melville’s Moby Dick: Or, The Whale and Ahab’s Wife: Or, […]

Revision

I’ve been doing a ton of revision this week. HAPPILY. With actual JOY. And if that last word makes perfect sense to you, then you can probably stop reading now because you’re one of those magical creatures who’s loved revising ever since you started writing. Let me tell you: I am not one of those. […]

As a writer

The setting is the first thing I think about – Where? In my plays the set becomes more than a prop, it becomes as much of an organism of force as the living characters on stage. When I begin to develop a play I think about how I can manipulate the set into consciousness. How […]

WTF is a play cycle – Pt. 6 – Night Cap

Returning to my former naive B.A. acting studies questions: They can do that? Of course they can, the mind and hand of a writer has no restrictions. If the writer feels the stories out of Pine City is incomplete and if there is an audience that will watch or read another visit. There will be […]

WTF is a play cycle – Pt. 5

I remember the day well when I first heard the words – play cycle A week before, my B.A. acting professor had given my small troupe a play to analyze – Craig Wright’s Orange Flower Water. It was my first real touch on something contemporary – very exotic and exciting to me. The play examined […]

WTF is a Play Cycle – Pt. 4

The Purpose of Play Cycles/Artist Prophet The Greeks were not only telling tales to reintegrate their citizens but they were developing stories that encapsulated their history, stories that allowed the viewer to examine civilization. In Julie Spark’s Playwrights’ Progress she states that the greek plays were performed as a mode of civic self-examination. Writers get […]

WTF is a play cycle – Pt. 3

Going All The Way To The Beginning – What Cycles Meant to the Greeks Skimming through the index of old theatre history textbooks looking for modern cycle plays I came across the word – Trilogy. Millennials typically think of a trilogy as a collection of books – that eventually turn into blockbuster movies but looking […]

WTF is a play cycle – Pt. 2

But Why Serializations? Similar to our desires to be intrusive, we have a natural instinct of habit which modernly can perpetually turn into rituals and addictions. Maxwell Maltz, a plastic surgeon in the 1950s, found that it would take roughly twenty one days to create a habit or one episode of Absolutely Fabulous to get […]

What Kind of Artist Am I?

When you enter into an art school do not be alarmed to find a building full of people in a seemingly endless loop of existential crisis revolving around the question: What kind of artist am I? DON’T PANIC! Simply step over the people who have become trapped in their quest to categorize themselves, and make your way […]

WTF is a play cycle – PT.1

Since I started calling myself a serious playwright (a writer in general) I’ve been invested in exploring what play cycles are. My goal in this weekly exploration is to expose the purpose and need of cycle plays in our modern day; and to answer some of these questions: What are play cycles? Why do playwrights […]

The Theatrical Container Store

I’ve been thinking recently a lot about containers. Not these… Or those… Even though shipping containers, surprisingly but not surprisingly, are a fairly recent trend in theatre performance. See for yourself in an article from American Theatre, HERE, where they look at Serenbe Playhouse’s production of Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire that was staged inside a recycled […]

Call for Submissions: Resume of Failures

I, Kira Rockwell, invite all playwrights who have “MADE IT,” to submit their resume to me to be studied by me in my 2017-2018 season at Boston University. Theme: FAILURE SubThemes:GRITTY, FRUSTRATION, DESPAIR, WHEN YOU ALMOST GAVE UP The Deadline for Submissions: you missed it… but send it in anyway ASAP! Guidelines: Playwright must have had at least […]

The Right to a Story

Two summers ago, one of my closest friends came out as transmale. Now for our conservative, right-wing, heavily Christian community, this was quite the upset. The summer became a battle. Everyone had a opinion. There was a split between those who supported him through this transition, and those who did not. Parents were the loudest […]

Cursed Child: Is the play the thing?

I will unabashedly admit that Harry Potter takes up a considerable amount of my everyday existence. I truly can’t imagine my life without the wonderful universe that Ms. J. K. Rowling has so generously gifted us Muggles. So, naturally, as a theatre student and Potterhead I was thrilled to learn when it was announced that there was going […]

Self-Advocating and Being Brave

“I get worried when we talk about protecting the playwright… I don’t know what that means. If I’m being protected from Ben Brantley, that’s one thing. If I’m being protected from dramaturgs, that scares me because my entire career is based on the love and care of good dramaturgs. And if I’m being protected from […]

Hard Work and a Touch of Luck

Ayad Akhtar is a Pulitzer Prize winner with a play on Broadway. He has been called the “voice of the American Muslim in theater” by the Wall Street Journal. He has gone from having his play put on in front of an audience of 130 people to a house of 900 over the period of […]

Critics and Playwrights and Something Inbetween

Over the past month I have been part of a new play dramaturgy project at BU which has made me think a lot about where I am as an artist. I learned a tremendous amount about what it means to read, re-read and give criticism to a new piece. During this time I also realized […]