Interview with Liz Morgan

Liz Morgan is the Playwright of Deliver: Letters to the Motherland from a Foreign Body which will have it's showing on Monday April 16th at 7:00pm

What are you most excited about in bringing your work to the FGP Festival?

I'm just excited to hear a new draft of my play. My director, Axel has helped me to re imagine one of the characters I wrote as a Greek Chorus and I'm stoked to see how this piece will be different than it was a year ago.

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Who are some of your art heroes?

Oh wow. Kara Walker is definitely up there. Her work is incredible, layered and I appreciate that she has no problem making people uncomfortable. Ntozake Shange has also influenced a lot of my work. I've been really inspired by the way her writing isn't really contained by notions of genre. Working with her a few years ago on her choreoessay, Lost in Language and Sound was truly a blessing.

What is a highlight of your process with FGP this past year?

FGP has been a really unique residency for me. My first day, I felt super boring in comparison to my colleagues many of whom are creating works that are multidisciplinary, site-specific or in some other way challenging ideas of what traditional theatre can or should look like. In my mind, I was just a playwright. So the highlight has been being surrounded by a diversity of aesthetics and having facilitators that allowed me to use my sharing time for whatever kind of artistic experimentation I wanted. FGP has really helped me hone in on my own artistic vision outside of institutional expectations.

Oh no, your process is showing! What's your artistic process guilty pleasure? Or what's the thing you do that you don't want to tell us?

I mean I do a lot of the typical writer things like procrastinate and talk to myself. I'm also a creep and a thief. They say be nice to writers, we may write about you and that's definitely true for me: My characters are all based off of people watching and absurd things I've heard people say that I can't stop thinking about. (Mostly my family and exes, sorry!)

What other events in the FGP Festival are you really excited about?

Don't make me choose! There's a lot of great stuff that my fellow resident artists are working on but I'll shout out Showomanship for being a hilarious tour-de-force love letter to the ladies who lunch in between auditions. And I'm appearing in at least one other project along with the other black artists of Fresh Ground Pepper's PlayGround PlayGroup who I've dubbed the Black Peppers. Come see us in Wi-Moto Nyoka's El Otro Lado Del Destino/The Other Side of Destiny.

Come see Liz Morgan's Deliver: Letters to the Motherland from a Foreign Body on Monday April 16th at 7:00pm!


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