Thursday, August 30, 2012
Woffer Nathan Yungerberg: Writing In and Out of the Comfort Zone
On occasion, I lock eyes with strangers walking by, as we humans often do when the mysterious force of another person’s gaze pulls us in. And sometimes they catch me staring straight ahead, lost in a daze, but they can’t see me looking out over the saturated blue Atlantic Ocean from a veranda in Salvador Brazil, where my current play is set.
What scares me is the most is that I will be sitting in a window revealing a very private act that I have only performed alone in bedrooms and coffee shops around the world. (I know that sounded kinda kinky but bear with me!) Sharing my writing process in public this way seems somewhat…frightening! But maybe intimate is a better choice of words than frightening…or maybe a combination both: Intimately frightening!
When I first read about Write Out Front, the thought of writing in a store front scared the crap out of me, so I immediately filled out the application to honor a decision I made to consciously put myself in situations that are out of my comfort zone.
I am finding that the theater world is full of situations that are way out of my comfort zone; from the razor sharp daggers that stab my heart every time an actor misinterprets a line, to talk-backs, to the inescapable stack of rejection letters, to painfully harsh criticism.
Nathan Yungerberg is a Brooklyn based playwright. Nathan’s play, The Son of Dawn, had a members reading at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis in June of 2012. He has also participated in the Classical Theater of Harlem’s Playwright’s Playground and his play Pousada Azul will have a staged reading for the Blackboard Reading Series at the Cell on September 10th and at the Playwrights’ Center on November 20th. Nathan is also a season 4 playwright for The Fire This Time festival at the Horse Trade Theater.
Pousada Azul-Blackboard Reading Series-Monday September 10th 7:30PM at the Cell- 338 West 23rd Street, New York, NY (Between 8th and 9th)
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Pousada Azul is a quaint, modest guest house overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, amidst the saturated colors of Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. One rainy season in 2002, African American Expats Karen Wallace, self-appointed gatekeeper of Bahian culture and Tobias Walker, her fabulous gay husband, intertwine with their sole guest-Benjamin Douglas, a handsome but evasive New Yorker. They are visited by Karen’s best friend Eliciana Santos, a vivacious Baiana who’s carrying her first child, whose birth as foretold could possibly heal Karen.
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