Cultural Conversations is a festival devoted to reaching out to the world by reaching inside ourselves, and the plays in this journal are glimpses into how a playwright is trying to make you “look” inside your culture. These plays, like our culture, are works in progress, and you are being invited into a living effort. How do these writers try to break through the chatter in your mind and at your finger tips? How do these writers make you see something without it being there? And what have these writers chosen to talk to you about?
To celebrate our fifth season, WPWM offers you six different writers using six different strategies, and these playwrights risk everything in every word: STICK by Irma Mayorga and Vicki Grise, KILLADELPHIA by Sean Christopher Lewis, EAT LIKE A BIRD by Laura Edmondson, AMERICAN TABOO by Steve Broadnax, PHYLLIS by Sarah Kosar, and THE TOYMAKER’S WAR, by Jennifer Fawcett.
SUSAN RUSSELL is on the theatre faculty at Penn State University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate playwriting, musical theatre history, graduate literature and criticism, and Women and Theatre. In 2007, she created Cultural Conversations, which is a new visual, theatre, and dance festival devoted to promoting and fostering new works that circle themes of global and local diversity. She is editor of the academic journal Cultural Conversations: Works in Progress/Writers in the Making, which has its debut in February of 2011.