Playwright Zayd Dohrn’s Want will be staged as part of Steppenwolf’s 2011 First Look Series.
In Want, A group of former junkies and sex addicts gather in a California beach flophouse to overcome their desires with an aggressive dose of “tough love” group therapy.
Throughout Want, David, the leader of the flophouse, tells those who stay there to try to ”understand what we need. Separate that from what we think we want. And stop looking for something we’ll never find.” In its insistence that substance abuse is a choice that addicts can opt out of, David’s mantra seems a far cry from philosophies like that of Alcoholics Anonymous, which maintains that alcoholics “cannot control their drinking because they are ill in their bodies and in their minds.”
So, Massive Draft wants to know: What is your definition of “need” versus “want”? Does thinking about a desire as a need or a want change the way you act on or treat that desire? And have you ever run into a situation where this distinction really mattered?
Posted by Christopher Shea
Aaron Carter is the Literary Manager at Steppenwolf, and the editor of Massive Draft.
I’m obsessed with process, so I often find myself attempting to divine the series of discoveries and decisions that led to a particular moment on stage. Sometimes it’s because I can’t fathom how a human could create something so brilliant. And sometimes it’s because I can’t fathom how a human could create something so misguided.
Tell me I’m not alone in my obsession. Have you ever seen a peformance that got you wondering exactly how that experience came to be?
Posted by Aaron Carter
Playwright Tanya Saracho’s “Untitled Tanya Saracho Project” is currently in development at Steppenwolf.
Saracho’s new piece tells the story of Erika, a twentysomething struggling to find her way in life. However, Erika has a dark and terrible secret which could destroy her family if it was discovered. As the play evolves, Saracho is exploring the multiple ways her guilt manifests itself. What does your guilt look like?
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Playwright Lisa D’Amour’s Cherokee is currently in development at Steppenwolf.
In her play Cherokee, Lisa D’Amour explores what happens when people come in contact with the power of the natural world. The exploration isn’t limited to Cherokee. She recently completed How to Build A Forest with regular collaborator Katie Pearl. For that project, the two artists built and deconstructed a forest installation every day for a number of weeks. As part of that project, they asked “Have you ever had your ass kicked by nature?” on their website. Add your answers to the comments below. To see responses from How To Build A Forest, click HERE.
Posted by Aaron Carter