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Wolfe reviews Karen Lord February 13, admin 2. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. There is a lot going on here, and some of the intriguing background and evident layers and layers of oppression is hard to follow it becomes clearer, I think, in the context of other Varin stories. The story — as with many politically centered stories — is also a bit talky. But it pulls things together well, and we are led to a powerful and moving conclusion.
A couple of differently gritty adventure SF stories appeared recently at Tor. Scipio is the leading killer for a warlord of sorts called El Tirano. This is well-executed, brutal action with a slimmish SFnal premise — well worth reading if not quite original enough to stand out. Cally has been trying uselessly to communicate with the Toads, as they are called, but her installation has been adapted to help in the war. One day it becomes the focus of an attack, and Cally and another woman are trapped in the depths.
A lot. Take every opportunity that comes your way. Meet people. Learn how to do all the other jobs in a theater — direct something, do the marketing for a show, stage manage, get on stage and do a monologue, design costumes. Do it all!
Find your tribe, people you can create with and fail with. Produce your own work at least once.
Write something outside of your comfort zone. Listen to the critics, glean what you can from their reviews, politely thank them for spending quite a bit of time thinking about your work, and quickly throw out all those negative thoughts that will otherwise haunt you. Submit everywhere, to everything.
EV: If you could change one thing about theater or the writing world, what would it be?
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It seems almost impossible to get a play produced if it has more than four characters and runs longer than 90 minutes. Producers and fellow writers have told me this many times, in fact. If it has a big cast it better be a musical — and one with a built in fan base. If the writer is unknown and a woman, producers seem even less inclined to seriously tackle the material — the studies done in Los Angeles alone by the LA Female Playwrights Initiative show that women playwrights are produced at a lower rate than their male counterparts. And if you do get a production, getting the second or third is hard because everyone wants the world premiere — because a world premiere is marketable.
I hope that if the next Great American Play came along that happened to have twelve characters, there would be a producer willing to put it out into the world. Even our mid-size and large theaters in LA produce small cast and one person shows more often than anything else. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account.
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