IF IT’s MENTIONABLE, IT’S MANAGEABLE: Building creative work and language around issues of identity and politics in a climate of fear

Saturday, October 20, 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.

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