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Ted Sod, Roundabout’s Education Dramaturg, sat down with playwright Andrew Hinderaker to discuss the play.

Ted Sod: Will you give us some background information on yourself: where you're from, where you were educated, when you decided to become a playwright?

Andrew Hinderaker: I grew up in Wisconsin which, I think shapes a lot of my writing.  There's a Midwestern earnestness that's at the core of what I write despite the dark and even sarcastic premise of some of the work. I lived in Madison, Wisconsin through high school and then I went out to Stanford to do my undergraduate/graduate degrees. I started taking fiction writing classes and wrote a number of short stories. In my junior year, I entered a one-act competition on a bet which was accepted as part of a festival. It really was not a good play. I’m not being modest; it was a very bad play. But that experience of being in the rehearsal room and working with actors and a director, I immediately felt an excitement that I hadn’t felt in any other academic pursuit.  After graduating, I realized that I’d gone though my undergraduate degree and had done very little theatre and very little reading even though I had a degree in English and creative writing. So I ended up designing my own master’s program at Stanford. I stumbled into these great opportunities and put things up on stage routinely.  I did a couple internships out at San Jose Rep and TheatreWorks and got immersed that way. Finally, I came up to Chicago and got started there.

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A Conversation with Courtney Knowles, Executive Director of The Jed Foundation

Posted on: October 14th, 2011 by Education @ Roundabout

 

Ted Sod, Roundabout’s Education Dramaturg, sat down with Executive Director of The Jed Foundation, Courtney Knowles, to discuss their work.

Ted Sod: Tell us about your work and the mission of the Jed foundation

Courtney Knowles: The Jed Foundation is a national nonprofit working to support emotional health and prevent suicide among college students.  We offer programming and resources for campuses, students, parents and communities.  We are connected to over 1,500 schools and millions of families in our efforts to change the way parents and students think about emotional health, help colleges create healthier and safer campus communities, and to pave the way for more young people to get help if needed.  You can learn more about our work at www.jedfoundation.org or visit one of our sites for students at www.ulifeline.org or www.halfofus.com.

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A Conversation with ‘Suicide, Incorporated’ Director, Jonathan Berry

Posted on: October 14th, 2011 by Education @ Roundabout

 

Ted Sod, Roundabout’s Education Dramaturg, interviewed director Jonathan Berry to discuss the play.

Ted Sod: Why did you want to direct Suicide, Incorporated?

Jonathan Berry: For this play, I think Andrew has so beautifully and painfully captured what it is to be a young man in the world. The play is remarkably clear-eyed and honest in its dealing with the challenges society places on men – the perception that all men must remain strong, that somehow the showing of emotion is a sign of weakness, and the damage that can occur when there is no release from that pressure. The image of the man being strong and silent has dominated our perception of what is “correct” and is so deeply embedded in our cultural understanding. I am grateful to be a part of a vehicle that addresses that bias head on, while at the same time being honest about the challenges men face and compassionate to those who are struggling with it. It’s great to be a part of a project that dares to voice a truth that is often ignored.

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2011-2012 Season, Education @ Roundabout, Roundabout Underground, Suicide, Incorporated, Upstage


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