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January 12, 2018
Meet the Fire This Time Festival Playwrights: Mona R. Washington

The Fire This Time Festival, focusing on the experience of African American artists and audiences, takes place this year from January 15-28. The festival provides a platform for emerging African American writers to have their works produced and shown to the world. We want you to meet some of the playwrights in the week leading to the festival. Here's Mona R. Washington, whose play The Rider will be performed as part of Fire This Time's 10-minute play series.

Describe your play, it's ______ meets ______.

It's love ​meets hope, or lack thereof.

How did you first realize you wanted to become a playwright?

Seeing some really bad plays.​

Mention one play you think is flawless.

​Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who is your favorite character in a play?

Whoever is the most conflicted. I always want to see and analyze why they do what they do.​

What does your perfect place for writing look like?

​Lots of light and a clean desk or table with at least two comfortable places to sit.

How do you know when your play is "done"?

​I don't. Ever.​

What's one line of dialogue you're really proud of having written?

"Always? Always is almost always never.​"

What actor (male or female) would you love to have do one of your plays?

Alfre Woodard.

What is the meaning of being part of The Fire This Time Festival for you?

The luxury of seeing and hearing my vision. Fantabulous.

What is your biggest wish for the theatre community in 2018?

Lots more, and a bit better.​

For more information on The Fire This Time Festival click here.

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By Jose Solis

The Fire This Time Festival, focusing on the experience of African American artists and audiences, takes place this year from January 15-28. The festival provides a platform for emerging African American writers to have their works produced and shown to the world. We want you to meet some of the playwrights in the week leading to the festival. Here’s Sandra A. Daley-Sharif, whose play Anonymous will be performed as part of Fire This Time’s 10-minute play series. Describe your play.  Anonymous is a Black artist gets really frustrated. What else is new!? She goes to extreme measures, including going under the guise of Old White Guy. How did you first realize you wanted to become a playwright?  I first realized I wanted to be a playwright when I didn’t see the stories I wanted to tell. Being Caribbean-American brings a different perspective and I was determined to explore and hone that voice. Mention one play you think is flawless.  Flawless is impossible. But darn well LOVE? Curve of Our Departure by Rachel Bonds. I would love to spend an afternoon talking to Ms. Bonds about her wonderful play. Who is your favorite character in a play?  Ahhhh. Hmph. What does your perfect place for w …Read more

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