During late July and early August I was privileged to attend the Kennedy Center's New Play Intensive (also known as the MFA Playwrighting Intensive). I spent a week with some of the best young directors from across the nation, discussing, theorizing and working on new theatre. There were big ideas and there were problem solving sessions. The workshop was led by Michael Rau and Will Davis and involved work that focused on visual storytelling and artistic vision. Michael and Will had an amazing ability to make practical the big ideas of implicit and explicit visions, narrative and non-narrative events, and dramatic criticism. We worked on Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake) by Sheila Callaghan and Which Which Hwich by Mac Wellman. Additionally, I served as an Assistant Director to Actor's Theatre of Louisville's workshop of Lucas Hnath's The Christians, directed by Les Waters.
The entire experience was a fulfilling journey of artistic self-examination, review of process, and all-around good time.
I look forward to running into and seeing the work of the artists that I met in the next decades.
I can now say that The Christians will be produced during the Humana Festival at Actor's Theatre of Louisville this March! I wish I could make it there and see it as it will be an amazing experience.