Playwriting is the last form of expression I have come to (thus far). Next to poetry, it's considered the most difficult, given that action and dialogue are your only tools for conveyance.
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My enthusiasm was sparked first by my participation in the 24 Hour Plays, pre-pandemic. They happen all over. Mine was in New Orleans.
24 hours to write a script, block/direct, memorize lines, and then boom--two shows at 8 and 10PM. Done. Dopamine for days.
In that case I acted rather than wrote--but it gave me such insight into the needs and beauty of actors and directors, that then felt confident to write my first full-length play without prior theatre training.
Infinite gratitude to Louis E. Catron for composing, The Elements of Playwriting: How to Write Stageworthy Plays, Develop your Theatre sense, Create Theatrical Characters, Shape Plot and Dialogue, and Find the Resources to Get Your Play Produced.
Without it I never would have be able to self-teach many of the principles and structures of successful script writing.
Fanna fi Hayati:
Love, Sex Work, and the Sacred
What would you, could you do, to love someone to the fullest extent and in the way(s) they need to be loved? How much of yourself could you change, mold, cull, without sacrificing your own authenticity?
How much of yourself could you face, to remove the blockages to unconditional love?
Fanna fi Hayati tells the story of partners Dani and Farzin--a transwoman turned sex worker and a Persian scholar and Sufi poetry enthusiast. Together they navigate authenticity, jealousy, fear of abandonment, and spiritual conflict--internal and external. Will they efface the parts of themselves that prevent deeper, more honest love, or will they be unable to reconcile?
The play also illustrates the pains of sex work clients, and the non-shaming, affirming role that sex workers play in their healing, both erotic and emotional.
This play is semi-autobiographical, creative non-fiction, based on the collective experiences of the author and others. Please fill out a contact sheet below or email directly at email@example.com to view a portion of the script or for inquires by theater companies, etc.