Q: What advice do you have for playwrights just starting out?
A: Write a hit play that helps you get into television. Stay in television if you can. But if you must keep writing plays, write with far more ambition than your audience typically has. Write characters who are at least as smart as you are. Never have a character make a dumb decision (i.e., one that you wouldn't make) just to further your plot. Don't write passive central characters. That about covers it.
Monday, May 31, 2010
A brief chat with playwright Lee Blessing. I once had the pleasure of auditioning for a staged reading of a new Blessing play (which I don't know has ever been produced); upon hearing Blessing at a group discussion I appreciated his political engagement, generosity with his time, and lack of pretension about his work. (Adam Szymkowicz)