|Having fun as Host Playwright of ANPF 2012!|
"The God Game" - Written by Suzanne Bradbeer, directed by Kimberly Scott
"This Rough Magic"- Written by Richard Manley, directed by Michael J. Hume
"Omission" - Written by Joshua Rebell, directed by Liisa Ivary
"How It Works" - Written by Cary Pepper, directed by Cristofer Jean
Ashland audiences always provide the best talk-back conversations, and this year was no exception. The playwrights had given us much to discuss, with plays on topics ranging from politics and religion and the implications of social media and technology to financial misdeeds and the perils of success in the art world.
I enjoyed teaching a three hour playwriting workshop on Friday with local writers. On Saturday morning, Cary, Josh and Suzanne offered a second workshop, allowing local writers the opportunity to ask them questions about everything from the craft of writing plays to how to market your work.
Local Bed and Breakfasts hosted the playwrights, and other local businesses opened their doors to us as well, including local cafes that offered coffee and the official drinking establishment we attended each night, appropriately named "The Playwright." I was also able to see several shows at the world-class Oregon Shakespeare Festival! I cried at "Romeo and Juliet," and am still thinking about "Troilus & Cressida" and "Medea/MacBeth/Cinderella."
It's always so wonderful to see everyone who makes this festival happen each year. Thanks for another great ANPF, my friends!
|Me and playwright Josh Rebell at the ANPF 2012 Gala.|
|Carol, ANPF Board President Gray McKee and host playwright EM Lewis.|
|ANPF 2012 winning playwrights: |
Richard Manley, Cary Pepper, Suzanne Bradbeer and Joshua Rebell.