Writing Life


Today, in the midst of a busy Monday I plan to carve out a small hour or two for writing.  
My book is calling and I'm ready to sit down and listen with my pen.

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"It is the function of art to renew our perception. 
What we are familiar with we cease to see. 
The writer shakes up the familiar scene and, as if by magic, 
we see a new meaning in it." ~ Anais Nin

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"The role of the writer is not to say what we all can say, 
but to say what we are unable to say."  ~Anais Nin

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Ithaca, NY

I just returned from a four day trip to Ithaca, New York. I was attending a reading of "Leni", one of my plays, which was being produced at Ithaca College. I was also visiting some theater friends I used to work with in California.  It was such a delight to leave an 80 degree Dallas and visit the North East where Autumn is in full swing.







Below is Taughannoack Falls.



Knowing my obsession with ice cream, my friends treated me to New York's finest at Cayuga Lake Creamery. No... for real... it's the best.  Read about it HERE.




Rehearsal for "Leni".
Thank you Sarah, Kathleen, David and Jalani!




I'd love to spend more time in New York and journey further upstate as well.
My favorite part of the trip? Quiet time to sit, read, write and sip something warm.




If you're in Dallas this Thursday evening...

A reading of LENI
a play by Sarah Greenman
Featuring Leslie Brott and Aleisha Force

Thursday, April 21st at 7pm

Southern Methodist University
Meadows School of the Arts
6101 Bishop Blvd, Dallas, Texas
The Margo Jones Theater


German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl is dead, but she is not ready to lie down. Her 1934 film, "Triumph of the Will" supplied the Third Reich with a valiant, embattled epic. Fascism was mythic politics and Riefenstahl became its myth-maker. She was a child of the century and embodied some of its most troubling contradictions. Sarah Greenman’s play journeys deep inside the mind and media of Leni Riefenstahl to discover why art can be a dangerous business.


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Praise for LENI:



"Imagine a play so well conceived, staged, and performed, you'd ask to see it again as soon as the curtain call ends. Now consider a historical personality so much larger than life that to fully flesh her out requires two performers. That's "Leni", a thought-provoking tour through the world of Nazi propagandist Leni Riefenstahl. Greenman demonstrates a masterful confidence as her text darts from one decade to the next and one Leni to another. It shouldn't work, but it does, to stunning effect."  
- Kevin Phinny, Seattle Weekly
 
"In Sarah Greenman's remarkably thoughtful new play, she grants Riefenstahl afterlife license (although she died in 2003, at age 101), to note that her supposed "fascist aesthetic" created the modern world. Her work is despised, she observes, because it is too good. That rule might put this extraordinary work and brilliant set of performances at risk, too, but I loved every conflicted moment."   
- Gianni Truzzi, Seattle Post Intelligencer

"Eloquent and spellbinding."
- Chris Harcum, nytheatre.com


Here are some posters of past productions:





I'd love to see you there!