Shortly after graduating university, a few friends of mine started a theatre company. They’ve toured Canada, performing plays that help raise awareness of social issues. They’ve performed at theatre venues, churches, and fringe festivals.
I don’t know the first thing about how this all happened (how do you make a play, anyway?), so I asked them all about it.
“If somebody shows up who’s never written a play before never seen a play before and says hey this is a play I wrote, I think it’s important..that’s how you create change in an artistic community…that’s how the art form expands.” – John Wideman
Some of the highlights of our conversation include:
- how a play is developed (including research, dramatizing the story, script development, and software tools, and more)
- striking a balance between being agents for change and being popular
- how to get a performance into fringe festivals (it’s easier than you think)