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Ten Questions with Charles L. White
Charles L. White
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1What was your most memorable theatrical experience as a child?

My mother took me to see The Music Man on Broadway.


2What production do you wish you’d seen? 

The Great White Hope.


3Who is the person who’s made the biggest impact on your career? 

Laurence Holder.


4What are you reading right now? 

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead.


5When you sit down to work, what must you have with you in the room? 

iPad, notepad, cell phone, water or tea.


6When you’re in despair with a piece of work, how do you maneuver out of that? 

I list the major characters and their needs and make sure they are pursuing those needs. If I'm still stuck, I'll work on something else and then come back to the problem piece.


7If you hadn’t become a dramatist, what profession would you have chosen? 

I'm actually a lawyer.


8As a writer, what have you not done that you’ve always wanted to do? 

Write the book of a musical.


9Whose work do you drop everything to see? 

August Wilson, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Dominique Morisseau, Lynn Nottage, Tracy Letts.


10What’s next? 

I'm working on a piece set at a law firm that explores privilege.

Photo of Charles L. White by Joey Stocks for The Dramatist
Charles L. White

is a founding member of Harlem Playwrights 21, a not-for-profit playwriting workshop that has been operating since 2011. His play, Succession, is scheduled to be performed at North Carolina Black Repertory Company in Winston-Salem, NC in May 2022. Another play, The DePriest Incident, was the winner of the 2021 Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative at Illinois State University as well as a semifinalist in the 2019 Blue Ink Playwriting Award Competition. His first full-length play, Unentitled, was a semifinalist in the 2019 ScreenCraft Play Competition. Charles developed his work in New Federal Theatre’s Playwriting Workshop under the tutelage of playwrights Michael D. Dinwiddie, Kermit Frazier, P.J. Gibson, Laurence Holder, Cassandra Medley, and Richard Wesley. He is a graduate of Princeton University, where he participated in the Creative Writing Program under the late author, Wilfrid Sheed, and NYU Law School.