Playwriting

5 questions with Forrest Musselman

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 Forrest Musselman – the author of  A Deep, Poetic Journey into Something.

What was your first theatrical experience? How did it impact you?
My first experience was reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas” in kindergarten for a Christmas program. I wore a Santa hat and apparently everyone thought I was quite funny. I remember the audience reactions and the energy it gave me to push it further.

Why do you write plays?
I write plays for a variety of reasons. The big reason is that I feel the high school theater market is under valued and that no one really writes for high school kids. My plays help to fill that void.

What’s the most challenging part of writing a play?
Getting my butt in the chair and writing. I can come up with a thousand excuses not to write.

 

 

How do you address/overcome those challenges?
The magic of writing comes in the process of writing. Once the creative juices are flowing, the dialogue heads off in its own direction, and you think of things you hadn’t thought of before. So, once again, it’s about getting in that writing chair and going for it.

 

What advice do you have for young writers struggling to finish a draft?
Talk to people about what’s troubling you. Sometimes the process of talking through a problem helps to find a solution.

 

 

Read sample pages from Forrest Musselman's plays here!

About the author

Lindsay Price