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Project on Tyranny Part Four: C.A. Johnson

Playwrights’ Corner
It takes me a while to know what my work is. That's why I'm so protective of it for a long time because I don't want people to name it too early."
— -C.A. Johnson

The fourth writer to speak at The Lark's Project On Tyranny panel on January 31, 2019, was C.A. Johnson. C.A. discussed a number of plays she's written, including All the Natalie Portmans which, as facilitator Lloyd Suh mentions, she didn't realize was about systemic poverty until after she had finished a complete first draft. She explains how her impulses to write almost always comes from a personal place, and not necessarily from a desire to tackle a particular "issue." However, since the personal is inherently political, she has found herself, quite by accident the way she tells it, to be a political playwright.

Watch the video below to hear more about the way themes emerge in C.A.'s process, and stay tuned for one last video from the Project on Tyranny, featuring Tim J. Lord. Coming soon!

Project on Tyranny Part Four: C.A. Johnson

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