Upstage Contributor Alison Louder spoke with two 2012 graduating playwrights about their plays being presented as part of National Theatre School’s New Words Festival. Below is an abridged version edited by Estelle Rosen, CharPo Editor-in-Chief.
UPSTAGE: The two plays we’ll be speaking about are The Green Man by Maureen Guailtier and Disappeared by Leah Jane Esau. They seem to have a lot in common but I know from speaking with you before we went on air that they couldn’t have more different routes for the inspiration.
One is semi autobiographical; one is about re-connection and construction of memories. Tell us about how memory and past and searching for the imminent future informed your writing.
MAUREEN: I guess what’s really awesome about theatre is that you can jump back and forth in time. The piece I’m working on is all about family; how stories get passed on from generation to generation, and how we use stories to organize our lives in an effort to make sense of senseless things that happen to us. I think it’s a very human thing to have to deal with and really interesting to consider in a theatrical idiom.