If you don’t know what RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project is about, please click here to get some context before reading.
FROM JEFF LIU LITERARY MANAGER, EAST WEST PLAYERS
“We did not have any prior relationship with the Hawaii-based playwright, Lee Tonouchi, but he took advantage of our open submission policy and we found his play about the real life story of Coach Soichi Sakamoto—who trained swimmers in the irrigation ditches of Maui in the 1930s, some of whom went on to Olympic glory—so compelling that we asked him to expand it from theater for youth to full-length, and produced Three Year Swim Club in February 2012. In this case, a playwright found a piece of neglected, inspiring history from his own community and brought it to life. And that’s the advice: look for neglected stories that deserve to be remembered.”
My nutshell takeaway: This one is short, but sweet and successful. I definitely applaud and agree with Mr. Liu’s advice to find neglected stories that deserve to be remembered; it ensures you’re not telling a story that’s been told countless times before. But as my SO always says when I say “What do you think of this idea?”—“It’s all in the execution.”
I have some great stuff coming up in future posts, but the interviews were long, and it’s going to take some time to wrangle them into something cohesive. I’m going to shoot for one next week.