• 2012-2013 Season,  A Second Birth

    A Playwright’s Perspective: Why Afghanistan?

    by Ariel Mitchell, playwright Believe it or not, when I started writing A Second Birth I didn’t think twice about setting it in Afghanistan. It wasn’t until I brought the script into my first workshop in Playwriting 1 and I saw the faces go slack in astonishment that I think it finally hit me. After we let out, my professor pulled me aside and said, “What on earth possessed you to undertake this story?” I shrugged. “You have some guts, Ariel” he said. Forty-eight drafts and two years later, the script has grown and changed but I still get the same question, “Why Afghanistan?” In October of 2010, I had…

  • 2012-2013 Season,  A Second Birth

    A Playwright’s Perspective: Lessons Learned

    by Ariel Mitchell, playwright When I sit down to write a play, it is usually to work out problems I am struggling with. I like to create characters to voice different sides of an issue to help me approach a dilemma in a logical way, and to solidify my opinions on it. So, my characters usually reflect parts of myself. Through this process, I begin to see the world more clearly, but I also discover many more questions. I have lived with A Second Birth and its characters for a long time and they have helped me discover many things about myself and the world. First, it has given me…