IF IT’S MENTIONABLE, IT’S MANAGEABLE: Building creative work and language around issues of identity and politics in a climate of fear with Kara Lee Corthron
Saturday, October 20, 2018
1-4 pm 

Borrowing the phrase from Sarah Silverman (who borrowed it from the late, great Fred Rodgers), “If It’s Mentionable, It’s Manageable” will be a chance for writers to address the fears they may be experiencing due to our disastrous political landscape and the paralyzing power of the loudest voices on social media—from the right and left. Ever afraid to take artistic risks because your point of view doesn’t fit perfectly into a particular value system? Reluctant to create characters with different backgrounds from your own for fear of “getting it wrong?” The sad fact is we have no hope of advancing as a civilization if we’re too afraid to talk and write about the things that matter and that make us uncomfortable. Join us to confront frustrations, taboo subjects, the upsetting and the hilarious all through discussion and writing exercises. If we can say it out loud or on the page, we don’t have to be afraid. 

Kara Lee Corthron’s plays include AliceGraceAnon (New Georges); Holly Down in Heaven (Forum Theatre, DC); Listen for the Light (Know Theatre of Cincinnati);  and Welcome to Fear City (Kilroys’ List 2016, CATF 2017, Kansas City Rep 2018). Kara is also the author of the young-adult novel The Truth of Right Now, Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, for which she won the Parents’ Choice Gold Award. Additional  awards (selected): New Dramatists member, 2014-2015 Naked Angels Issues Project Resident Playwright, Boomerang Fund for Artists Grant, 2012-2014 Women’s Project Lab Time-Warner Fellowship, Vineyard Theatre’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, Princess Grace Award, Helen Merrill Award, Lincoln Center’s Lecomte du Nouy Prize (three-time recipient), the Theodore Ward Prize, four MacDowell fellowships, and residencies at the Bogliasco Foundation (Italy), Skriðuklaustur (Iceland), Djerassi, Hawthornden (Scotland), the Millay Colony, and Ledig House. Her work has been produced and developed at Ars Nova, Atlantic Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, BAPF, Berkeley Rep, EST, Labyrinth, New Dramatists, New Georges, P73, PlayPenn, Seven Devils, South Coast Rep, the Vineyard Theatre, and the Women’s Project among others. TV: writer for NBC’s Kings (2008-2009). Juilliard alumna.  www.karaleecorthron.com

This workshop is part of The Sanctuary Series. This series of workshops brings together artists, healers and educators in collaborative sessions that ask participants to creatively imagine desired cultural and community outcomes as well as their role within those outcomes. Held in New York City, Hudson and other locations, these are 2-3 hour workshops centered on writing or visual art-making

Logistics: Schedule, Fees, How to Sign Up

Workshop Schedule and Location: This afternoon workshop takes place from 1 to 4 PM in the heart of the East Village in Manhattan at The Neighborhood Preservation Center. 232 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003.

Fee: Sanctuary Series Workshops cost $100 or $250 for three. Millay Colony Alumni who are part of the Alumni Artists Group receive a 15% discount.

To Sign Up: Send an email with a brief introduction/bio to Amina Henry at amina@millaycolony.org. Send a $50 deposit via PayPal by clicking the DONATE NOW button HERE. You can also send a check to The Millay Colony for the Arts, 454 East Hill Road, Austerlitz, NY. Attention: Workshops. Make checks payable to The Millay Colony for the Arts. 

For more information please get in touch with Amina Henry at 518-392-4144 or amina@millaycolony.org.

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