Summer Playwrights Festival 8

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Summer Playwrights Festival Interviews

Ellen Svaco

What is your process for writing and rewriting? Anything you care to share here as advice for other playwrights would be welcome.

“Although I’m a writer, this is actually my first play so I’m not an authority.  But I would say that unless you’re a genius, you just have to keep rewriting and refining until it’s ready, until you’re satisfied you’ve got it right. Don’t build a temple around anything you’ve written, always be willing to throw out a scene or eliminate a character because you might just surprise yourself.  I’m still not entirely happy with my play and the festival will give me yet another opportunity to craft it. Give your play to people to read for feedback, ideally people you respect, but also readers you know to be honest.  Trust yourself to know what‘s valuable and essential to your play.  Finally, hear it out loud as often as you can.  A reading can tell you so much about rhythm and pacing as well as stuff that’s just not working.”

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Kieron Barry

 

What is your process for writing and rewriting? Anything you care to share here as advice for other playwrights would be welcome.

“The first requirement for producing decent work is a looming, terrifying deadline. Any small but overt act such as booking a theatre for the night, sending out invitations to respected professionals etc. is sufficient to induce the necessary panic. Without that I am neither productive nor clever, but once fear is introduced into the mental ecosystem I can at last access the emergency supplies of concentration that my brain otherwise rather spitefully keeps locked away.’

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