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New York City, United States
Monday 22 June 2020

Suzan-Lori Parks' Watch Me Work on Monday 22 June 2020

A digital playwriting masterclass

Produced With
Monday 22 June 2020

The Public Theater presented Watch Me Work livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 22 June 2020 at 11 a.m. HST (Honolulu, UTC -10) / 1 p.m. AKDT (Juneau, UTC -8) / 2 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 4 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 5 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 22:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 23:00 CEST (Berlin, UTC +2).

Watch Me Work is a performance piece, a meditation on the artistic process, and an actual work session, featuring Parks working on her newest writing project. Traditionally hosted on the mezzanine of The Public Theater Lobby, this version brings the program to your home via Zoom sessions and HowlRound livestreams.

The audience is invited to come and watch Parks work, share the space, and get some of their own writing work done. During the last forty minutes of the performance, Parks will answer any questions the online Zoom audience and online social audience might have regarding their own work and their own creative process.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING A WATCH ME WORK CLASS
Each class will be one hour. During the first 20 minutes Suzan-Lori and students will work on their own writing. During the final 40 minutes of class, Suzan-Lori Parks will answer questions from students about being a writer and the writing process. Please note: due to the nature of the class, Suzan-Lori Parks will focus on answering questions about being a writer and the writing process during the questions portion and will not be offering critiques on any written work.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

1. JOIN THE ZOOM SESSION: If you want to attend the class Zoom session please RSVP via the Google Forms below for the date that you want to participate. Sign up by 1 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 3 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 4 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4) each day and you will be sent a link within half an hour of the start time to log in to the class at at 2 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 4 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 5 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4)*.

2. WATCH ONLINE: You can watch the class by logging onto howlround.tv at class time and watch the livestream of the Zoom class. No need to RSVP - just show up!

If you're watching online, send your questions to Suzan-Lori Parks via Twitter @publictheaterny using the hashtag #WatchMeWorkSLP.

*Please note: Joining the Zoom session means that we will be able to see your face and hear your voice in the zoom conversation and in the live stream. Space in the Zoom class is limited and subject to availability.

About HowlRound TV

HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by the nonprofit HowlRound. HowlRound TV is a free and shared resource for live conversations and performances relevant to the world's performing arts and cultural fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively. Participate in a community of peer organizations revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field by becoming a producer and co-producing with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, email tv@howlround.com, or call Vijay Mathew at +1 917.686.3185 Signal/WhatsApp. View the video archive of past events.

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My plays are sparked when I see or hear something that me itch in the back of my brain. With the murder of George Floyd that sparked an old play that I have been trying to write for ten years now. This social mythology that depicts Black Americans in the mind's eye society, Black American Culture and the media and Hollywood that creates this 'Us and Them' mindset, dividing and conquering people by making us think that we're different when we all are really simply but complexly human. How would you go about trying understand a point a view, such a guy trying to write from a woman's point of view or a white guy trying to understand what it means to be black trying to mentally walk a mile in another persons shoes? Or a guy trying to understand a woman who mentally and/or physically abused but still accepts her circumstances as a thing that is of her own making, believing she has no where to go. Knowing that you can't really know or understand, but you want to, because you see the injustice and self-victimization process. It's the playwright trying to look in trying to look out, and still keep that goldfish bowl reality painted on the World-stage of the theatre. How does the Stranger playwright come to a better understanding so he or she can write an honest heart-full play that makes the audience consider an unthinkable truth that they have allowed themselves become numb to?

 

Gavion E. Chandler~

'Man is his own devil.'