For me, each time is different.
I’ve written from stories I’ve been told, or history, or adapted novels and a symphony.
I made up a story from whole cloth based on only a relationship, that of two people who both love a third person but do not know each other.
I jumped off from a classic and moved a minor character to a different historical time.
But I always knew how the stories would end.
I’ve just finished the first full draft of a new play – chime! – and for the first time, I didn’t know how it would end until the very last.
The ending doesn’t surprise me in its elements, its philosophy, its language. Merely in its self.
I think my characters knew from the start, and they have been very patient and generous in guiding me.
And I think that this is the part of playwrighting that no amount of collaboration or improv-point-to-point or dramaturgy can foster.
Thanks, Universe, for the gift. Thanks, Gretel and Shawna, for its delivery.
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