Jun 1, 2014

Method and Madness Playwriting Panel

Elle Verneé, Laura Lundgren Smith, me, Steven Young
During the panel discussion, I covered Kevin Kelly's "1000 True Fans"

Earlier this weekend, I had the opportunity to participate in a playwriting panel with the Denton Community Theatre's 3rd Annual Method and Madness Playwriting Competition and Festival at the PointBank Blackbox Theatre in Denton, Texas. I was in excellent company with fellow playwrights Elle Verneé, Steven Young and Laura L. Smith. Organized by the very energetic and enthusiastic Mandy Rausch, the panel turned out to be a lot of fun. 

What struck me was with four different playwrights in the stage, each of us had different goals, different working methods, different preferences and so on. There was practically no overlap between us as artists, but were all courteous and friendly and engaging as people. Just goes to show there are as many ways to do things as there are people out there to do them.

In fact, I think this was  a plus for the small audience listening. They were definitely exposed to multiple points of view.

Also, in the same weekend, my friend and colleague Tashina Richardson of Sundown Collaborative Theatre teamed up with Mandy to lead a Staged Reading Workshop. They used my early play Arsenic and Roses as the demo script. Hopefully someone got some pics.

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