I’ve done it. I’ve put a playwright in a play. This makes me gag and squirm a little bit. I resisted the idea at first, but the more I think about it, I really think there’s something there. It’s a student who’s taking her first playwriting class, and as the action of the play unfolds, she’s attempting to make sense of her experiences and desires through this play she’s trying to write. And then the world of the play and the world of the Play bleed into each other.
Even writing that made me gag a little bit. BUT SERIOUSLY, I think there is something to be mined here??? The way that writing a play forces you to create your life’s narrative, forces you to make sense of who you are and what you want, which SORT OF ties into the rest of the play. I’m determined to not give up on it, and least not yet. After all, did we learn nothing from Synechdoche, NY? That art about art can be really compelling? Not that I will ever write something as good as that movie but still. Something to be mined……..