A Letter From Playwright Charise Greene
As a former employee of Sonya Weisshappel at Seriatim, I know how to organize. I am a Master of Fine Arts trained theater-maker living in NYC. When I wrote a play back in 2015, I felt inspired, energized, and completely overwhelmed. I had no idea how to turn the story I’d written on the page to a live performance. I recently sat back and witnessed the results of this venture in complete awe at The New Ohio Theater in NYC. Ultimately what I learned was that the road from page-to-stage was organization.
I had tackled impossible problems in the past. First, through figuring out what I had; second, assessing what I needed; and third, by filling those needs one by one. I asked myself at the time, “Would doing so in the creative realm prove any different?”
As it turned out, the process was just like organizing for Seriatim’s clients. When I was honest with myself, I found I already had many resources to get this play produced. I knew several theater companies, I had actor friends, I had directors to read the play and assess their interest, and I had collaborators who had self-produced to show me their past budgets as templates. Once I booked a theater company and director, the inventory process became collaborative and, as all of Sonya’s clients can tell you, organizing your way through an obstacle is so much easier when there’s someone by your side.
From building our budget, to fundraising, to finding a theater, to hiring designers, to casting, to marketing…every single step involved an Excel document outlining what we had and what we needed. The result was a deep and elaborate theatrical experience of a story that, ironically, explores the chaos of the universe as it relates to the human experience of survival.
Having written the play “Cannibal Galaxy: A Love Story” after the Sandy Hook shootings, I am deeply saddened by the relevance that the story gains with each passing month in this country. After a slew of excellent reviews, loving words from audience members, and a deep personal connection to the journey of these characters, I feel a responsibility to continue helping this play find its legs.
So the next steps on my inventory include, but are not limited to: finding a publisher, pitching it to literary agents, and submitting it to regional theaters across the USA. Because if anyone needs a story that explores the impact of violence on the human psyche, it’s this great and beautiful land that we call home.
Wish me luck?
No, wish me a harmonious and organized journey towards realizing my next goal.
Take good care,