Playwriting

5 questions with Billy Houck

Written by Lindsay Price

We have a great community of amazing playwrights here at Theatrefolk that contribute to our collection of middle and high school plays. We hope you’ll enjoy this peek behind the curtain as they share how they approach the creative process, how they overcome challenges, and what advice they have for young playwrights. Don’t forget to check out their work!

Meet Theatrefolk Playwright Billy Houck – the author of A Box of Puppies.

What was your first theatrical experience? How did it impact you?
My mother took me along with my sister’s Camp Fire Girl troop to see the touring production of “Flower Drum Song.” There was a rickshaw and a lion dance in the aisle right next to me. I didn’t get the story, but the spectacle stuck with me.

Why do you write plays?
After spending my life in the theatre as a teacher and director, I find that plays are my primary language.

 

What’s the most challenging part of writing a play?
Finding time to do it.

 

 

How do you address/overcome those challenges?
It’s a matter of discipline. I always seem to have ideas, I just need to convert them to dialogue.

 

 

What advice do you have for young writers struggling to finish a draft?
Don’t be afraid of doing it wrong. Just do it.

 

 

Read sample pages from Billy Houck's plays here!

About the author

Lindsay Price