colleague and friend, Ben Jonson, wrote: What a deal of cold business
doth a man misspend the better part of life in! In scattering compliments,
tendering visits, gathering and venting news, following feast and plays,
making a little winter-love in a dark corner.
playwriting program at Brooklyn College was started over thirty years
ago by Jack Gelber, one of America's most important experimental writers.
The current director of the program, Mac Wellman, is endeavoring to continue
that tradition, while seeking to embrace the widest definition of that
program is dedicated to the proposition that writing for the theater is
not a business of finished thought and dead rules. Rather, we endeavor
to pursue kinds of writing that involve an ongoing conversation with theater
of the past and (hopefully) the future. To this end, we encourage our MFA
playwrights to become students of the theater in every sense: to follow
the current scene as well as study the classics from as many traditions
as possible; to study the techniques of making theater as well as theory;
and lastly, to become as well-read as possible in all the written arts,
with special emphasis on what is most contemporary, most challenging,
most alive. It is our conviction that each generation must reinvent a
theater appropriate to the time; a theater the time deserves; a theater
that refuses to settle for the merely tendencious, and the dreary dead
hand of the already known.
We are looking for
aspiring writers who follow the theater because they love theater and
all that pertains to theatricality. Theatricality diversely considered,
rotated in four-dimensional space. We are looking for writers unwilling
to settle for less.
Here at Brooklyn
College we cannot provide a little winter-love in a dark corner. But we
do offer a great deal of play-following, and a good deal of vigorous and
hopefully cogent discussion of the theater in These States in these complex
and often bewildering times.
If you have questions you'd like to ask students in Brooklyn College’s program, please feel free to contact the following alums:
Erin Courtney — firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelly Copper — email@example.com
Karinne Keithley — KKeithley@gc.cuny.edu