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ANDREA HAIRSTON ON WHY PLOT ISN’T A DIRTY WORD, WHAT THEATRE CAN TEACH NOVELISTS (MF GALAXY 092)

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WHAT THEATRE + SFF HAVE IN COMMON, ULTIMATE WORKAROUND FOR INTROVERT WRITERS TO IMPROVE VOICE + DIALOGUE


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Andrea Hairston is amazing. She’s a novelist, essayist, playwright, and the Artistic Director of Chrysalis Theatre. Any science fiction plays in the bunch? Let’s see—how about Soul Repairs, Lonely Stardust, Hummingbird Flying Backward, Dispatches, and Archangels of Funk.

But who’s produced her plays? Oh, only Yale Rep, Rites and Reason, the Kennedy Center, Stage West, and US public radio and public television.

Can she translate German plays into English? Yup.

Any awards? Just a few… for playwriting and directing awards: a National Endowment for the Arts Grant to Playwrights, a Rockefeller/NEA Grant for New Works, an NEA grant to work as dramaturge/director with playwright Pearl Cleage, a Ford Foundation Grant to collaborate with Senegalese Master Drummer Massamba Diop, a Shubert Fellowship for Playwriting, and a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship for 2003.

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