Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Notion of Audience, with Playwright Kira Obolensky


On Tuesday, April 5th, renowned playwright Kira Obolensky visits the Willamette Writers Portland membership meeting to talk about the notion of audience. In this presentation, Kira will talk about her work with the theater and share her observations on how letting the audience into her imagination as she writes has dramatically changed her work.

You don’t have to be a playwright to benefit from this conversation; thinking about your audience during the creative process informs every writer’s work. Whether you are a poet, a fiction writer, an essayist, or a memoirist, your audience is listening to or reading your words. Kira explains that you have to write with the idea that everyone is going to be in the audience: from CEOs to convicts to teachers.

The core of Kira’s presentation is arts access for everyone. Kira is currently in residence at Ten Thousand Things, the renowned theater company in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Founded 25 years ago by visionary Michelle Hensley, Ten Thousand Things presents work to EVERYONE, believing that theater is a wealth everyone should have access to, and that we become better artists when everyone is in the audience.

Kira knows how to appeal to broad audiences, too. A recipient of a Mellon Foundation grant, the Guggenheim Fellowship, a McKnight Advancement Grant, Bush Artist Fellowship and the Kesslring Prize, Kira has authored numerous award-winning plays. Her current playbill includes Raskol, Vasa Lisa and Dirt Sticks.

Willamette Writers invites you to join their membership on April 5th for this special evening with Kira Obolensky at the Old Church in downtown Portland. The meeting starts at 7:00. Doors open at 6:30. Willamette Writers meetings are free to WW members and full time students. Guests of members are asked for a $5 donation, and non-members are asked to pay $10.

This will be an evening that will challenge you to consider your words and how you can invite everyone to enjoy the show. With that in mind, we are inviting you.

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