Our team is headed up by program director Laine Satterfield (who is an absolute delight), and supported by two wonderful resident assistants, and what seems like the whole city of Richmond. There are dinners and outings planned with many board members and other program supporters while we're here, and I felt so warmly welcomed at the kick-off party down at the Firehouse Theater.
I'm delighted to be following in my friend Babs Lindsay's footsteps. She was last year's PIR (or playwright-in-residence). Big shoes to fill! And I just found out that my friend and colleague Clarence Coo was a young playwright in this very program when he was in high school -- now he is winning national awards for his work.
I have so much love for writing and the theater -- it's a joy to be able to share that. I'm looking forward to this being a wonderful couple of weeks.