Multi-talented Philadelphia Writers’ Conference Board member Lisa Lutwyche talks about how she added playwright and director to her repertoire. Read more after the break!
I’ve been a Poet all my life. If you asked me to describe myself, I’d call myself a Poet/Artist/Teacher/Playwright; always Poet first. But something strange happened to me about five years ago. I wrote a play. I went to a women’s writing retreat in New Mexico (A Room of Her Own Foundation, or AROHO, at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu) and took a workshop with playwright, Ellen McLaughlin. “I’m not a playwright,” I said. “You have an appointment with this play,” she said.
Oh, it was just a sketch at first, but one snowy day, unable to go to work (what a shame) or go outside, I sat down and wrote a one-act play. Just for fun. Just for a lark. Then I put it away.
That spring (2010), our theater company, Old Academy Players in East Falls, put out a call for one-acts and people who wanted to direct one. I’d always wanted to try directing, but – “I don’t know any one-acts,” I said. “You just wrote one,” my husband said. So, I submitted it. It was accepted and produced, and I directed it. And another in 2012.
Come out and see my third one-act play, A State of Being (a haunted romantic comedy aka existential farce). It opens July 11th, as part of the Old Academy Players “Summer One-Act Bonanza” and runs for two weekends. It’s part of a fun line-up of one-act, comedic plays, original and classic.