by Robin Byrd
This morning ended the 2013 Dramatists Guild Conference “Having Our Say: Our History, Our Future with some very inspiring words from Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Doug Wright (I am my Own Wife); I can only tell you that you need to read it if it is every published or watch the video if one was made because that is what I am going to do. Yes, it is worth listening to over and over again.
I think the consensus in the room was, “I want to write a play now.” Not just write a play but do the research behind it I so much love to do, you know, walking in the “wright” of playwright. I came away knowing that any dumb stuff I need to fix about me so I can squeeze through a door, I can do. I am a dramatist. I don’t have to apologize or feel “less than” in the room with other collaborators collaborating on my play… I can look forward to the Dramatists Guild fighting the good fight for us because that is what they do… They make it possible for us to continue “Having Our Say…”