Inspiration. Craft. Process. These interviews span the work of playwrights from across Chicago, examining their process, their artistry, and what sparks their creativity. It’s a deep dive into the work of some of the most exciting writers today. Hear from them how they write, what they’re fascinated by, and what sustains their practice.
S.2_E.6 - “The Supreme Value Of A Filled Seat” (Feat. Jacob Janssen)
Tune in for the final episode of the season, with an interview featuring Jacob Janssen, Artistic Producer of The COOP in Brooklyn, NY! This episode was recorded live as a part of Chicago Dramatists’ quarterly Fireside Chat Series. Jacob spoke with Network Director Ean Miles Kessler about how he interrogates the text of a new play, the tremendous importance of creating new work, and the supreme value of a filled seat in a theater.
S.2_E.5 - “The Sky Beyond The Skies” (Feat. Emilio Williams & Alexandra Meda)
This episode, which was recorded live as a part of Chicago Dramatists’ quarterly Fireside Chat Series, features Chicago Dramatists Resident Playwright Emilio Williams, and Alexandra Meda, Artistic Director of Teatro Luna West. They spoke with Network Director Ean Miles Kessler about their creative process when working together, theater as a healing practice, and the unique role artists will play as we begin to come together again, after quarantine.
S.2_E.4 - “A Little Bit Of Chaos” (Feat. Mickle Maher)
In this episode Mickle Maher, founding member of Theatre Oobleck, spoke with Network Director Ean Miles Kessler, about the root and start of Oobleck, the importance of having a touch of chaos in your work, and what has sustained him and kept him going during the pandemic.
S.2_E.3 - “The Road That Is Made By Walking: Creating A Space” (Feat. Mark Larson)
In this episode, Mark Larson, author of "Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theatre" sat down with host Ean Miles Kessler. Mark shared some of what he learned while writing his book, his thoughts on what makes the Chicago theater scene so vibrant, and where our community might be headed.
S.2_E.2 - "Craft & Motherhood" (Feat. Sandra Delgado)
In the second episode of season two, Resident Playwright Sandra Delgado sat down with Network Director Ean Miles Kessler to discuss her artistic process, the link she feels between motherhood and creativity, and the importance of telling Latinx stories.
S.2_E.1 - "Sandra Delgado with Mark Larson at Open Books" (Feat. Sandra Delgado & Mark Larson)
In the Season two premiere of "The Sound & The Journey" we have a concise interview featuring two of our upcoming guests: Resident Playwright Sandra Delgado and Mark Larson, author of "Ensemble An Oral History of Chicago Theater." This episode is a recording of a live panel discussion Chicago Dramatists held prior to the quarantine. Featured were three guest speakers: Resident Playwrights Sandra Delgado and Kristin Idaszak, and Steppenwolf alum Sandra Marquez. The evening was moderated by Mark Larson, and the event was hosted by Open Books, located in Chicago's West Loop. Full episodes featuring interviews with both Sandra and Mark are slated for later this season.
Most excellent source of process!
Great stuff — informative and curious conversations by playwrights for anyone interested in the art and craft of writing for the stage.