“I started this when I was invited to participate in the Center Theatre Group’s playwright program during 2013-14. They asked us to write whatever our passion project was. For me, it was all about Babel. I had been interested in his story for about five years, but I hadn’t quite figured out quite how to write it. The CTG workshop, led by [CTG Literary Manager] Pier Carlo Talenti and [Literary Associate] Joy Meads, gave me the freedom to try different things and really figure out where I was going with it. What I love about Babel is the nexus between his non-fiction work and his fictionalization of his non-fiction work. He was a forerunner for meta-fiction. There were also so many interesting things about him, like the time he spent with the Cossack army, what he saw and what he wrote about. Since the CTG workshop, I have continued to work on different aspects of this story. Now there is a possibility of a New York production. Before that happened, I really wanted to get my fingers in it. So I decided to do a workshop here at Stella, because I have space here and actors available. It is low-budget, but it is the play and a well-realized production. But, I want the premiere to be in New York.”
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