If you’re reading this, you are most likely a full-fledged instigator with LAFPI, but you may also be a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
I attended my first annual meeting of the Guild last January, and – to be honest – I was a little starstruck. There I was, having conversations with Tina Howe and Lynn Ahrens and feeling a bit like youknowwho in Oz.
So when the Guild descends upon Fairfax, Virginia, for its first-ever national conference June 9 – 12, you can bet I will be there. It’s going to take priceline, hotwire, Visa and a few borrowed sofas, but it’s going to be worth it.
Because they will all be there: the Marsha Normans, the Christopher Durangs, the Edward Albees. And Julia Jordan with be giving the keynote speech Saturday night on Gender Parity in the Theatre. And I will be interviewing my hero Stephen Schwartz. And there will be a smorgasbord of workshops and interviews from which to choose.
And everyone you rub elbows with will be just like you: a playwright who is passionate about words and ideas and theatre and expression.
Can you afford it? Well, the Guild is sure trying hard to make it affordable. It’s only $375 for members to register for all the events ($325 if you register by May 9). Compare that to the $550 fee for the TCG Conference in LA the following weekend (which doesn’t include any of the names I dropped earlier – I’m just sayin’).
For more info, visit dramatistsguild.com/conference.aspx
This is my final blog for the week. Thanks to Robin and all the faboo LAFPI instigators for welcoming me into the gang.