For our latest featured member, we're excited to announce Patricia Milton, a prolific and talented Bay Area playwright. We're continuously impressed by her active involvement in the community as well as her talent for stirring up the conversation on social media (seriously, you have to follow @PatriciaMilton on Twitter). Hats off to Patricia!
| TBA Featured Member Patricia Milton.|
Tell us a little about your theatre work.
I'm a playwright, librettist, and lyricist. I specialize in comedy, as that's my orientation to life and the world. Locally, I've worked with Central Works, New Conservatory Theatre Center and Wily West Productions, and my short plays have been seen at places like PianoFight, Woman's Will, and the Exploratorium. I've also had works produced around the country, including several I co-wrote with Indianapolis-based playwright Andrew Black. As a resident playwright with Three Girls Theatre—a company that puts women's work onstage, where it belongs—I've been developing Moments of Truth, a new musical, with music and lyrics by Caroline Altman. I'm also active with Playwrights Center of San Francisco, including teaching workshops for them.
Do you have a favorite play, or a favorite production you've seen?
I was hooked on the theatre after my parents took me to see King Lear. I was 13. To me, it remains "the play about the wronged daughter." I love all things Caryl Churchill and Tom Stoppard. Some memorable local favorites include: Fräulein Else, adapted and performed by Francesca Faridany at Berkeley Rep, Aurora Theatre Company's production of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance, and the original production of Angels in America, by Tony Kushner, at the Eureka Theater.
What do you like about the theatre scene here in the Bay?
As a San Francisco native, I'm very proud of our theatre scene: the number of companies and the variety are enormous. The indie theatre scene is flourishing. And we are blessed with so many talented actors, writers, directors, and tech folks! I feel very fortunate to be working—and attending theatre—in the Bay Area.
Not to be a suck-up, but Theatre Bay Area is a valuable local resource. I've reaped wonderful benefits as a Titan finalist in the 2013 ATLAS program for playwrights, particularly from the mentorship of Michael Butler. I'm grateful to be a part of two women-specific groups: "Yeah, I Said Feminist" and "Works by Women." They offer support for Bay Area women in theatre and advocate to further gender parity onstage and backstage.
Do you have a resource or piece of advice you'd like to share?
Work hard and show up with a generous spirit. That, and—Rewrite!
Anything coming up soon that you're excited about?
My new play, Enemies: Foreign and Domestic, opens in February 2015 at Central Works. It's a darkly comic play in which a reunion between a prodigal daughter and her mother goes terribly awry. It has been a challenge and a joy to see that play come to life in the intimate Central Works space at Berkeley City Club. Big shout-outs to a fantastic cast of four: Maura Halloran, Desiree Rogers, Danielle Thys and Jan Zvaifler, as well as our director, Gary Graves.
Theatre Bay Area members: Creative. Committed. Community.