DuoLogues 2.0 with Doug Wright and Franky Gonzalez

Thursday, December 2, 2021 6pm

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Thursday, December 2, 6pm – 7:30pm ET

Doug Wright and Franky Gonzalez

 

FROM THE DESK OF TARI STRATTON

 

In 2007, I had the pleasure of creating the new DG seminar series DuoLogues. After having so many terrific conversations with playwrights myself over the years, I yearned to share the idea of conversation and collaborative meetings of the mind, rather than standard interview, with the DG membership. It was a thrill to match one wonderful writer with another wonderful writer and let the discussion flow. We had many delightful and insightful DuoLogue conversations over the years.

 

As the pandemic raged on last year, I again felt the yearning for conversations about craft, career, and other important topics, so I have decided to reboot DuoLogues.  Welcome to DuoLogues 2.0! One of our first pairings in 2007 was with former DG president Doug Wright (he spoke with the late, great, incomparable Terrence McNally) and I am overjoyed to announce that Doug will be featured at our first event in December, speaking with TX playwright Franky Gonzalez.

 

I wasn’t content to start with one DuoLogue 2.0 conversation – the following week, we will be treated to a conversation between Kia Corthron and Chisa Hutchinson! I just know that these frank and informal conversations will lead to insights into writing, mentorship, career longevity, sustaining a life in the theater, and more. Each event will be streamed on Zoom; the first hour will be the conversation and the last half hour will be reserved for audience questions. I hope you will join us.

 

The Guild's DuoLogues seminar series was established to share craft, industry knowledge, and theatrical insights with the DG membership through collaborative conversations, rather than through standard interviews. Originally founded in 2007 by Tari Stratton, who currently serves as Director of the Dramatists Guild Institute, these DuoLogues pair one wonderful writer with another wonderful writer for free flowing discussions.

 

Participant Bios:

Doug Wright received the Pulitzer Prize, a Tony Award, the Drama Desk Award, a GLAAD Media Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Drama League Award and a Lucille Lortel Award for I Am My Own Wife, which premiered at Playwrights Horizons in 2003.  For Grey Gardens, he was nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Book of a Musical. Doug won an Obie Award for his play Quills. His screen adaptation was named Best Picture by the National Board of Review and nominated for three Academy Awards.  Plays include Interrogating the NudeWatbanalandPosterity, and Unwrap Your Candy. Musical librettos include War PaintHands on a Hardbody, and The Little Mermaid. For career achievement, Doug was cited by the Academy of Arts and Letters and awarded the Tolerance Prize from the Kulturforum Europa and in 2010 was named a United States Artists Fellow.  He serves on the Council of the Dramatists Guild and recently stepped down as President.

 

Franky D. Gonzalez is a playwright and TV writer of Colombian descent splitting time between Dallas and Los Angeles. He holds a BA in Theatre from the University of North Texas and has had his work featured throughout the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex where he served proudly as the Dramatists Guild Regional Representative in 2018. Nationally, his work has appeared with The Lark, the Sundance Institute, the Ojai Playwrights Conference, the Latinx Playwrights Circle, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, the Goodman Theatre (Live @ Five Series), The New Harmony Project, Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Repertorio Español, LAByrinth Theater Company, Ars Nova (ANT Fest 2021), Dallas Theater Center, Austin Latinx New Play Festival, Stages Repertory Theatre's Sin Muros Latinx Theatre Festival, the HBMG Foundation National Winter Playwrights Retreat, Play4Keeps Podcast, the Antaeus Playwrights Lab, Clamour Theatre Company, Ammunition Theater Company, Greenway Court Theatre, the Cloud Factory, The Mid-America Theatre Conference, The Midwest Dramatists Conference, and the One-Minute Play Festival. Franky was a recipient of the Charles Rowan Beye New Play Commission, an MTC/Sloan Commission, co-recipient of the MetLife Nuestras Voces Latino Playwriting Award, won the Crossroads Project Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative Award, the Judith Royer Award for Excellence in Playwriting, the Short+Sweet Theatre Festival Manila Best Overall Production Prize, and was a staff writer for the fourth season of 13 Reasons Why. He has also been a finalist for the New Dramatists residency, the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, the 2020 NNPN National Showcase of New Plays, San Diego REP Latinx New Play Festival, the Civilians R&D Group, The DVRF Playwriting Program, the Ashland New Play Festival, the Playwrights Realm Scratchpad Series, BETC Generations, the Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Competition, the ScreenCraft Stage Play Competition, and a semi-finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, the Headwaters New Play Festival, the Dubai Short+Sweet Theatre Festival, and runner-up for the Alpine Fellowship. Most recently Franky was named the 4 Seasons Resident Playwright, a Sony Pictures Television Diverse Writers Program Fellow, the Bishop Arts Theatre Center Playwright-in-Residence, and a Core Writer with the Playwrights Center.

 

 

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