Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Sally Roach: Writing a play for the first time
One of the most important things to understand in making sense of education: the various ways that reflection and creative expression enter into very busy lives. If educators don't talk about that -- a lot -- students have no way of understanding what their education -- all that literature and philosophy and history and math -- can do for them, once they get into the middle of pretty repetitive, down to earth, often specialized adult life. Some people address their creative and scholarly impulses by creating parallel lives, a sort of second career. Others have to put off creative and reflective projects for a long time, until the right opportunity presents itself. In this excerpt from an interview just the before the 2009 Fringe Festival, Sally Roach describes what it meant to her to come back to theater, to writing, to extended storytelling after a long interval spent raising a family, addressing the needs of aging parents, and working in the community.