Tickets are now ON SALE! A perfect time to give you Reason #2 to see ANOTHER REVOLUTION... The playwright! Check out our micro-interview with Jacqueline below!
Here's her bio to get you up to speed:
Jacqueline Bircher is a playwright and screenwriter born and raised in New York City. Plays include ANOTHER REVOLUTION (2017 Primary Stages ESPA*Drills winner), WEBSTER'S BITCH (Clutch Productions, Little Theatre of Alexandria) and THE RULE OF THIRDS. Her short plays REACTION, THIN ICE, and YESTERDAY SOMEWHERE have been produced in the Detention series at Primary Stages, and her screenwriting work has been featured at the WILDsound Film Festival and recognized by the Creative World Awards and WeScreenplay’s Diverse Voices competition. She studied creative writing and literature at Oxford University and Fordham College at Lincoln Center, where she was the recipient of the Ully Hirsch/Robert F. Nettleton Prize and the Margaret Lamb Prize for Fiction.
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TBT: What drew you to playwriting? When did you start?
JB: Growing up in New York City, I was exposed to theater from a very young age. I wrote my first play when I was 17, and though I took quick detour into fiction, I soon discovered that playwriting felt like home.
TBT: What is your favorite thing about writing for the stage? What brought you back from your fiction detour?
JB: For me, the best thing about writing for theater is the collaboration process. A play takes a village, and I've seen beautiful things come out of this creative exchange. ANOTHER REVOLUTION in particular has had many generous and gentle hands help guide it into the world so far, all of which I am profoundly grateful for. Without them, and all those collaborators still to come, this play would definitely not be as good, as deep, as funny, or as alive as I know it's meant to be.
TBT: Who are your playwright idols? What inspires you about their work?
JB: All the playwrights I admire most have an ear for dialogue the way some people have an ear for music. Amy Herzog's plays are knock-your-socks-off good, with a human rhythm that feels so lived-in you almost can't believe someone wrote it. Joshua Harmon is another favorite of mine, with language that bites right to the core (except when he's your playwriting teacher and it turns out he's the nicest man alive). And finally, I can't possibly forget Nora Ephron, whose plays, films, and prose are consistently funny, truthful, and kind. She was also apparently known to throw a mean dinner party, which is what I aspire to most of all.
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Join Jacqueline and TBT on Thursday, March 8 at 7:30pm at the Chance Theatre in Anaheim for a staged reading of ANOTHER REVOLUTION, followed by a panel-led community conversation. Check out our event page for details!
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