Playwrights' Center Core Writer Marion McClinton is at the PWC this week, workshopping his play Shoeman with Carlyle Brown as dramaturg and actors Darius Dotch, Darrick Mosley, Lauren Davis, and Josh Wilder. Here is a mini-interview with Marion:
Why do you write plays?
Because I can't write music.
What playwriting/theater advice do you have for others?
Follow your own voice at the cost of losing the production.
Who or what inspires you?
August Wilson and my mother inspire me.
What are you looking forward to this year, artistically?
Finishing Tarell Alvin McCraney's trilogy with Marcus, or the Secret of Sweet; finishing my play Slip of the Tongue; and workshopping my play Shoeman.
What is your writing process like?
Nobody in the place of living but me; John Coltrane on the CD player; and writing until my eyes get sore.
What kind of theater or art excites you?
New work that questions something about being human. Big work, epic work.