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Allyson Currin and Youth Program FABUM
Allyson Currin is an award-winning playwright and actress. She is the author of over twenty plays, several of which have been honored by the Helen Hayes Awards, DC Theatre Scene and the Mary Goldwater Award from Theatre Lobby of Washington, DC. She has also been singled out for numerous honors from the Washington Theatre Festival of New Plays. The Washington Post has described her writing as making "actors literally swirl and swoon to match the excitement of the language". Her recent work-in-progress, The White Trash Grail Play, has already been previewed by First Draft at Charter Theatre at The Arts Club of Washington and Arlington's Theatre on the Run. We were excited for the chance to have her chat with Kelsea Johnson and Eva Meier of Youth Program FABUM.

Yesterday she met with Kelsea and Eva, along with managing director Lisa Grimes and artistic director Jameson Freeman, for an afternoon conversation that covered everything from her 'keys to succuss: "good mentors", "a supportive personal community", "never underestimate good karma" and  "be nice to everyone" - pearls of wisdom that would benefit anyone interested in a career in the arts - to finding out that UNC, one of the schools that Kelsea has applied to, was Currin's alma mater. The playwright, who is headed to New York City this weekend for a staged reading of her play Ceasar and Dada at TBG Studio Theatre, also shared some personal stories. When asked about seeing her plays be casted, directed and produced into full-scale performances, she admitted anxiety ("I used to vomit before every performance") and pride. When asked, "Have you ever been unhappy with what a director has done with your work?" She replied, "Even if you don't like the way a show is put on or even if you're at odds with the director, you can still find it interesting how the actors portray your characters... I've learned the importance of ignoring the bad to focus on the good".

Currin's favorite quote is "A writer is someone who writes and that's all", calling it a moment of self-realization when she heard it. As a playwright, she says that "heart & head need to be married" in order for a play to succeed. Her favorites are very smart plays with lots of heart. In her own work, she likes to make an audience "laugh, think and cry in the same evening." 


Any advice for aspiring actors, directors or playwrights? 

"Cater to your audience!"

 


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