I just got back from a lovely several days in Creede, Colorado at the 2017 National Winter Playwrights Retreat, hosted by Creede Repertory Theatre. it was my first writer retreat and now I want to go on them all the time, every month, every week! For several days I was allowed to do what I rarely give myself the time to do – rejuvenate. Surrounded by snow and silence, I was able to simply “collect my thoughts” which resulted in tentative pages for a novel, revisions on the first draft of my play RED REFRIGERATOR and exploratory pages for my new play COLUMBUS STREET. It’s actually crucial for an artist to be able to collect thoughts. I was also able to see and comment several readings by other playwrights, bond with fellow artists, drink beer in a bar that doubles as a laundromat, do yoga while watching CNN and MSNBC online, go to the Mining Museum, go on a tour of Creede Repertory Theatre, and go on a local tour of the mountains. It was all quite lovely and I’m super grateful. Now – back to work. So much work to do.
To learn more about the retreat, click here:
I’m both delighted and frightened to admit that I’m going to attempt to produce another play. My play DUCKLINGS about a dancehall queen competition (but really about the American Dream, class, gender, and sexuality) has production dates at JACK, the lovely venue that hosted THE ANIMALS. We go up in 2017, the last week of May and we’ve got 9 performances. Boom. Eek. Wow. Quack? I guess I’ve got to start getting my team together and raising some money… speaking of which, if anyone would like to donate to Table Theater, my little company, by all means. All donations are going towards the production…
If you’d like to read a review of The Animals, click the link below:
We all have jobs. I’ve considered many different lines of employment. I’ve thought here and there about going into teaching, but a friend of mine, a writer like me, went into teaching, and he said that basically a teacher’s brain is not their own. The whole of a teacher’s day is spent engaging with children’s […]
via Amina Henry’s The Animals, at JACK — li88y inc.
It feels small – trite even – to talk about a little play I produced in Brooklyn that is garnering modest success, in the wake of the most recent shootings in this country. So much fear and ignorance and hate. 😔 But I’m an artist, and my work is to make art. My work is to bring people together as forces work to rip us all apart. I take my work very seriously and everything I do is in service of making the world a better, more loving, place. Xoxo
The Animals opened to a very warm reception last weekend – I feel pretty good about my first serious attempt at producing my own work. Perhaps I’ll do it again (once I’ve gotten my nerves back under control!).
To read a review of The Animals click HERE
“It’s easy being a teacher.”
Or is it? It’s a new year and the teachers at Peabody Elementary School struggle to do their jobs while balancing their personal lives . Amidst the insane world of public school, these teachers will rediscover what it really means to be a teacher – and a human.
Gretchen Van Lente
Stage Managed by
505 ½ Waverly Ave, Brooklyn, NY
(btwn Fulton St and Atlantic Ave; take C or G to Clinton-Washington)
Thurs, June 30 – Sat, July 2, 2016 @ 8 pm
Thurs, July 7 – Sat, July 9, 2016 @ 8 pm
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