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Jul 22, 2020

I Interview Playwrights Part 1091: Azure D. Osborne-Lee

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Azure D. Osborne-Lee

Hometown: Oak Ridge, TN

Current Town: Brooklyn, NY

Q:  What are you working on now? 

A:  I'm working on a short piece called "Sundown Support" that's going to be a part of #WhileWeBreathe, a Night of Creative Protest to Benefit the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

Q:  If you could change one thing about theater, what would it be? 

A:  I'd make theatre more inclusive, truly inclusive! I want theatre to be more accessible and more reflective of the demographics of the world as-is.

Q:  Who are or were your theatrical heroes? 

A:  If pressed I would say that Tarell Alvin McCraney is my favorite playwright. Sharon Bridgforth and Daniel Alexander Jones are forever theatrical heroes of mine.

Q:  What kind of theater excites you? 

A:  I love new work! Theatre that challenges expectations, surprises me, scandalizes me -- that's what excites me. I also love some good stage magic, sets and props that transform into other things.

Q:  What advice do you have for playwrights just starting out? 

A:  Wear one hat at a time. If you're writing a draft (especially the first draft), your only job is to do what you need to get the words on the page. Do not try to wear your editor hat while you're generating content. Don't think too much about how the work will be done. Just write what you think needs to happen. Listen to your characters. Listen to your body. Listen to your guides.

Q:  Plugs, please: 

A:  My website is azureosbornelee.com. Keep up with what I'm doing there! My production company is Roots and River Productions. We can always use support and donations.
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