I am EXHAUSTED. But in a good way! (I think.) 😉 Please excuse me if I take a break from my typical posting schedule, but I think an adventure of this type requires some format modifications. 🙂
Today was my first day at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Aside of a grumpy bus driver, the day went pretty smoothly! I arrived early and met Bethany (who is in charge of us interns) and then my fellow interns — Audrey, Finn, Nick, Elle, and Callie. We had four hours of orientation; we got a tour and a run-down of our jobs for the next two weeks. In addition to playwright Winter Miller (who I will be working with personally!) we will be working with playwrights Mat Smart, Sarah Gubbins, and Dominic Orlando, as well a number of actors, directors, and recipients of the Jerome Fellowship and McKnight Fellowship. The PlayLabs festival provides the opportunity for playwrights to have a rehearsal and then a first public reading of their plays; THEN they do re-writes, more rehearsals, and a SECOND public reading of their plays, allowing playwrights the much-needed chance to hear their work out loud and make adjustments before it receives a full production.
The Playwrights’ Center goes one step further than a regular staged reading. They allow the playwright to connect not only with a director and actors, but with a dramaturg and a designer. For two of the plays being workshopped there is a sound designer; for the others, the playwrights and directors and working with projectionists to create visual design. One of the playwrights even opted out of using a dramaturg and asked for a costume designer instead. In this way, the playwrights aren’t just limited to hearing how their scripts might be read; they are given the opportunity to gain an additional design element that wouldn’t normally be discovered until first production.
So, my first day was a wealth of information! And I had fun hitting a local restaurant with my fellow interns for 40 cent wings (and now I’m stuffed!). I think I’m going to crash soon because I’ve got another big day ahead of me! Hopefully one of these days will involve an interview with a dramachick or two. 🙂 Maybe next time on ADVENTUUUUUUUURES WIIIIIIITH CHICKYYYYYYYYYYY!