Category: Theater Theatre blog Kate Tarker

From The Desk of Kate Tarker: RESEARCH

Posted July 11, 2016 - 12:10pm

July 7, 2016
Fog 

I’m in Connecticut, in residence at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference this month. This means several things. I am enveloped in a thick fog. Every morning I wake up and can smell the ocean. And: The totality of my energy is going toward working on my plays.

How much actual writing should you be doing as a playwright? Here are two wisdoms I’ve been handed down. From Sarah Ruhl: Write a play a year. From Paula Vogel: Work on two plays at a time. Have one in an early stage and the other in a late stage, so you’re using different muscles.

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From The Desk of Kate Tarker: IN PRAISE OF FEET

Posted June 6, 2016 - 12:55pm

June 2, 2016
Pale sun

“Hungarian folkdance is very sexy and dangerous,” says Blanka.

I have been thinking about feet lately.

Now I am observing Csaba Horvath’s feet. He has launched right into the dance steps, without preamble. He calls it “a kind of tap dance.” It goes: One and two and three three three. Tap and tap and foot hits calf.

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From The Desk of Kate Tarker: THE FAMILY IS JUST A METAPHOR

Posted May 24, 2016 - 11:31am

May 22, 2016
Mostly recovered from bronchitis.
Weather: rain, still rain. I am so tired of the rain. 

I thought this yesterday, while lying in bed.

 

SHEPHERDESS
(plucking apart a flower)

He loves me
He loves me not
He loves me
He loves me not

MESSENGER
Girl!

SHEPHERDESS
What?

MESSENGER
I walk by here everyday
And find you sitting on this rock
Beheading the hollyhocks.
Who has captured your heart so?

SHEPHERDESS
God, sir.
I just want to know
If He has forsaken me.

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