May 17th, 2011
And we’ve got the links to prove it. Playwright Adam Szymkowicz has made a nationally-recognized side project out of interviewing other playwrights for his blog, and today’s subject is none other than Theories of the Sun scribe and all-around-delightful friend of Sideshow Kathleen Akerley!
Pop on over to read the full interview for lots of great tidbits about what Kathleen’s working on these days, why she’s had so many run-ins with the cops, and some really great musings on theatre, including this little nugget of wisdom which, as a fellow playwright, I couldn’t agree with more and kind of want to stitch on to a sampler:
Q: What advice do you have for playwrights just starting out?
A: 1. No one reminds anyone of a shared past in full sentences, no one states the theme of the play. Let the audience meet you with their thinking, let them leave with questions. 2. The longer a monologue, the more it should reveal something about the speaker that s/he doesn’t know s/he’s saying. 3. Everything you think is interesting: you can figure out later, in the editing stage, if it’s relevant. Is my view!
It would have to be a very large sampler. But it would be totally worth it. Nicely done, Kathleen!