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The Craft with Donnetta Lavinia Grays
Donnetta Lavinia Grays

Once you have an idea, how do you proceed? Do you take notes? Do you outline? Do you plunge right in?

It depends on the project, but I am generally someone who prefers to dive right in. Usually, I have a firm idea about how I want a play to work – the premise, maybe the style and the players – but I don’t limit myself beyond those parameters. I need to write myself into a lot of corners to inspire a little surprise. This may or may not be true, but I feel like if I know where the play is going then the audience will too. 

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Donnetta Lavinia Grays

’ plays include Last Night and the Night Before (upcoming production-Denver Center, Kilroys List, Colorado New Play Summit, Todd McNerny New Play Award, NNPN Showcase), The Review (O’Neill Center Finalist), Laid to Rest (O’Neill Center Finalist). Commissioned by The Public Mobile Unit and WP Theater. Inaugural Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award.