Intellectually, we know that there is a process to creativity: it takes time and a fair amount of trial and error to create something new. It’s a rare thing, however, to witness creation firsthand. Geva Theatre Center’s annual Festival of New Theatre (FONT), (October 30 through Dec. 2) is an opportunity to do just that.
What is it like to live the life of a writer? They lead what some would call a double life. Ordinary, everyday citizen by day, writer by whatever spare time they have left. In fact, many have very successful careers outside of their writing. Take Maria Brandt, for example. Not only is one of her scripts … Continue reading Meet the Playwright: Maria Brandt #FONT
Victor Lesniewski(Photo: Joshua Bright, The New York Times)Have you ever wondered what it’s like to write a play? For most of us, the mere idea is daunting enough. Let’s face it, many of us, myself included, found it tough to write papers for school, much less write an entire play! Believe it or not, there … Continue reading Getting to Know the Playwright: An Interview with Victor Lesniewski
...to tell us a story! When was the last time you heard the phrase, “Not everything in life can be all about you…”? Annoying, right? Well, this fall, Geva is creating a new kind of play – and it is, in fact, all about you! We’re looking for your stories, your tales about Rochester, about … Continue reading We Want YOU…
This summer, local freelance writer Jonathan Everitt spent a LOT of time at Geva. We had invited five writers of new work on Geva's stages this season to spend a couple of days apiece in Rochester, getting to know our staff, our community, and the stories that Rochester has to tell. And these visits gave … Continue reading “Changing what it means to be a theatre in a community”
I cannot decide which story to tell, as I think about Geva’s Festival of New Theatre, which ended just Sunday. Do I tell the story of collaboration and creativity that happens in the rehearsal room? Do I tell the story of new plays out in the world, or of 5 teenage writers who had their … Continue reading Creating Community, Developing New Plays
I'd always thought that, if you wrote a song, that meant you made all the decisions about how it should sound: how fast it would go, which instruments (if any) would accompany the singer - and what notes each one would play, when there would be back-up singers and what harmonies they'd sing, etc. And … Continue reading Musicians are Magicians