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Project on Tyranny Part Three: Franky D. Gonzalez

Playwrights’ Corner
So I wrote this as a tribute. A love letter, to them. I wrote it to them and the experiences that I listened, I heard, and I hope that I did you proud, guys."
— Franky D. Gonzalez

At The Lark's Project on Tyranny panel on January 31st, Franky D. Gonzalez gave a moving account of his experiences visiting the men in his family while they were incarcerated, which served as the inspiration for his play, Even Flowers Bloom in Hell, Sometimes. During this discussion, part of a larger initiative at The Lark aimed at putting artists and audiences in direct conversation, Franky shares the reasons he felt he needed to write this play. He describes the encouragement he got from the men he visited when he told them he wanted to be a writer, and expresses why the drive to write this play grew stronger after he became a father.

Check out Franky's full segment below for more of his insights on the power of storytelling, and to hear a little bit about what he's working on next.

Project on Tyranny Part Three: Franky D. Gonzalez

The Project on Tyranny panel was moderated by playwright and Lark staffer Lloyd Suh, and also featured C.A. Johnson (All the Natalie Portmans), Rajiv Joseph (Nativity), Tim J. Lord (On every link a heart does dangle; or Owed), and Mona Mansour (We Swim, We Talk, We Go to War). Check out what these writers had to say in their segments!