N. Richard Nash, the late writer best known for his play “The Rainmaker,” once asked a small group of aspiring playwrights, “What’s the hardest part about writing a play?”
Scanning the few hands that hesitated to rise above the puddle of heads, Nash pointed to one guy — you can just imagine who it was — and said, “OK, you.”
“Don’t give me that,’ said Nash, who also wrote the screenplay of “Porgy and Bess.” “You sit down and you finish it.”
That happened during the 1980s at a community theater convention in Racine, Wis., where Nash was an adjudicator.
Some words stick with you.
Dorothy Parker reportedly said, “I hate writing but love having written.”
As all procrastinating writers — but I repeat myself — can attest, sitting down to create is the great motivator for doing anything but.
Yet we eventually knock something out, for better or worse, often with a little help from our friends.
The Stark Turn Players and the Lake Effect Fringe Festival are friends.
By providing a forum for new theater voices, STP and LEFF enhance West Michigan theater in a way very few other local theater entities do.
They encourage new work.
They annually provide a playwriting theme and deadline, two things that focus the mind like the sight of the gallows.
Now all the playwright need do is sit down and write the damn thing.