Cover artwork of the Community Issue: Pen and colored pencil illustrations of people of different genders, ethnicities, and sizes clustered together in harmony
The Burden of History Denied: Writing for Social Justice
Leslie Ayvazian
Leslie Ayvazian

During the Los Angeles run of her new play, 100 Aprils, Leslie Ayvazian reflected upon what galvanizes artistic exploration. At seventy, the veteran playwright knows of what she speaks. She has written fifteen plays (and counting) and is at the top of her creative form, with life experience and consummate craft informing her artistic vision. An actor, playwright, mother, wife, professor, and feminist, she absorbs the world around her and processes it in her fertile imagination.

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’s career began at Manhattan Theatre Club, expanding to notable theatres internationally including 27 commissions. A multi-genre writer, she established graduate studies in playwriting at USC in 1991; and is Director of MFA Dramatic Writing, USC School of Dramatic Arts. Archives: Library of Congress, Huntington Library.