Brand Storyteller • Playwright

Theater summer camp at Great Plains

 Feedback session with my dramaturg, Walter Chon, and responders Kip Fagan and Eliza Bent. 

Feedback session with my dramaturg, Walter Chon, and responders Kip Fagan and Eliza Bent. 

I got to spend the week in Omaha at the Great Plains Theatre Conference. If you'd told me that Omaha is the place to go to see some of the best new plays and meet some of the most incredible theater artists working today... I might not have believed you. But I've seen it with my own eyes. The artistic team behind Great Plains, which has been running for over a decade now, puts together a pretty amazing event—perhaps made that much more special by the fact that everyone is away from it all in the middle of the country. The 20+ playwrights are all housed together at a hotel, and all the readings and master classes are at the community college near by (transportation by yellow school bus). 

It was also a great, low-pressure way to hear a new draft of my play, Knotted. The audience was almost entirely made up of other writers, with a few Omaha theater-goers mixed in. I got some really helpful feedback that will inform the next draft. But the best gift really was the time I got to spend with the other writers, trying to make sense of this strange career we've all chosen, and connecting about our work and our lives. I'm grateful for my lovely 10 days in Omaha. Applications for next year's festival will open up in the fall. 

 Some damn fine artists. And they make good theater, too. 

Some damn fine artists. And they make good theater, too. 

 Very obsessed with writer/performer Carrie Barrett. 

Very obsessed with writer/performer Carrie Barrett. 

Joanna Garner