With the first performance of THE MAGICIAN'S DAUGHTER coming up tonight, it seems like a great time to share some thoughts from playwright Lila Rose Kaplan on the play, her writing career, and the things that inspire her. Unfortunately, she and the whole creative team are pretty busy this afternoon. But don't worry, I've got something up my sleeve.
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
On October 29th, Geva’s Fesitval of New Theatre (FONT) will present Christina Gorman’s Far From the Trees in a one-night-only staged reading. In the play, an Oregon widower spends his days unearthing the forest of petrified trees he’s discovered on his land. When his nephew is expelled from graduate school for “academic sabotage,” the university … Continue reading Meet the Playwright: Christina Gorman #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…
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
Tonight at 7 PM come check out what we've been up to the past 4 days. We've been hard at work on our adaptation of 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA - on Day 2 we had changes and had to reprint the whole script - on Day 3 we only to reprint half the script … Continue reading Puppets puppets puppets – free presentation tonight at 7 PM.