Playwriting

International Thespians Day Five

Greetings from the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska.

On Day Five of the International Thespian Festival, Lindsay talks about teaching student playwrights.

Transcript

Craig: Hi, this is Craig Mason and I’m here with Lindsay Price.

Lindsay: Hello.

Craig: And this is the last day of the 2011 International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Lindsay: I can’t believe it’s Saturday already. It went by so fast.

Craig: Most of the colleges are packed up and gone and there are just a few stragglers behind including us, and we’re here till the bitter end.

Lindsay: That’s right.

Craig: Lindsay, you were teaching workshops all week.

Lindsay: I’ve got one more to do this afternoon, and they’ve been really well this week. The playwriting workshops always have the smaller numbers. It’s not stage combat or…

Craig: Improv.

Lindsay: …improv, but I love teaching it and I love the kids who come out. And I’m always trying to find out a really practical and concise way to teach playwriting because I believe all students can do it, I believe they can write, but you know, there are perceptions of writers and writing, and so many people feel playwriting is beyond them and that being creative is beyond them. And what it all boils down to is belief in ability, and if I can come up with a process, and I think I have, that builds up a student’s belief in their ability to write, I think there’s no better feeling for them and no better feeling for me either to see that happen.

Craig: And I think it really shows in your passion when you teach.

Lindsay: Well, thank you.

Craig: [Laughs] And we have a little bit of audio from one of Lindsay’s workshops this week.

Lindsay: Here’s the thing. Human beings are idea makers. We are naturally born to come up with ideas. You know, we’re sitting in a doctor’s office and it’s taking a long time and we don’t know what’s going on, and your brain goes places like, “What are they doing in there? Why’s it taking so long? I wonder if they’re doing something illegal.” That’s where the brain goes. That’s an idea.

Now, is that a play? I don’t know, and I don’t care. That always raises a…“Well, what do you mean?” And that’s because, and this is the thing to really burn into the burn, is that ideas are not plays.

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Craig Mason