PLAY/ground micro-interview with George Brant

Brant PicBoston Court: “Dark Room” is inspired by a real life figure, the photographer Francesca Woodman, and her work. How much did the facts of her life influence the piece, and how did you go about translating the emotional content of her photos into your writing?

George: Woodman’s biography definitely influenced the play, but my goal was to keep it at bay as much as possible, in an attempt to let the play be more about her work than her life.  Inevitably though, her life permeates the play. As far as the process of writing the play, I first came across her photographs while at a residency at MacDowell, and as Woodman had spent time at the Colony herself years earlier, I felt in some ways in communion with her as I responded to her work from a theatrical angle.

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