Playwriting

5 questions with Dara Murphy

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 Dara Murphy – the author of many popular plays including They Eat Sunshine, Not Zebras.

What was your first theatrical experience? How did it impact you?
The first theatrical experience that made a big impression on me was going to see the musical Cats. I was about 6 years old. I remember that I was scared by the lighting effects and I hid under my seat.

 

Why do you write plays?
I write plays because I enjoy writing the dialogue between the characters. I like to make myself laugh with what the characters say.

 

What’s the most challenging part of writing a play?
The most challenging part of writing a play is, for me, to find the time to write it!

 

 

How do you address/overcome those challenges?
In order to overcome this challenge, I try to get involved in projects. That way, I’ll have deadlines which forces me to make writing a priority.

I also try to write the plays by hand so that I don’t feel stuck in front of a computer.

 

What advice do you have for young writers struggling to finish a draft?
My advice is to have fun with your writing! If you are worried about it being perfect, you might edit yourself too much. Let the ideas come, write everything down, and then edit it later.

 

Read sample pages from Dara Murphy's plays here!

About the author

Lindsay Price