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The Dramatist LIVE: Who is Writing and Who Isn't?
Who is Writing and Who Isn't?

The April 23 edition of The Dramatist LIVE started out with Ten Questions LIVE featuring Marsha Norman. Through her answers, Marsha shared some gems and insights into her writing process with declarations such as “if you can provide a keyhole into some world that nobody has ever seen, that’s the play that will get you the notice you finally deserve.”

     Next, our co-hosts spoke with Sam Buggeln, artistic director of The Cherry Artists Collective, and playwright Saviana Stanescu. The Cherry Artists Collective commissioned Saviana and six other playwrights to write an original play for an online festival called Felt Sad, Posted A Frog and other streams of global quarantine. This is Saviana’s first time writing for a virtual medium, so, following the old adage to “write what you know,” she wrote about a Zoom birthday party because she had recently attended one. 

     Since The Dramatist LIVE began its webinars six weeks ago, the question of who is writing and who is not has come up quite a lot. Earlier this week, Joey Stocks took this question to Twitter and was surprised to get over a hundred replies. In the final segment of this week’s episode, Todd London hosted an online roundtable with Liz Duffy Adams, Franky D. Gonzalez, Leah Nanako Winkler, Marsha Norman, and Gwydion Suilebhan, addressing the questions of who is writing now, and what their new writing environments are like. Panelists shared their motivations for writing, which ranged from finding “control and structure” in the writing process to wanting to outrun death to creating a legacy for their young child. Watch the full webinar here

     Beginning March 19, 2020, the Guild presented special online editions of The Dramatist LIVE, co-hosted by Amanda Green, Christine Toy Johnson, and Joey Stocks. If you have any questions or comments about The Dramatist LIVE, please feel free to reach out via email at questions@dramatistsguild.com. We’re here for you!

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