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Lauren Gunderson is one of the world’s most prolific playwrights. At 37, she is the most produced playwright in America and has taken home many of the most coveted awards in playwrighting. In 2017, The New Yorker wrote a profile on Lauren and titled it, “You’ve Probably Never Heard of America’s Most Popular Playwright.” Well everybody, it’s about time you heard!

In this episode Lauren and I discuss how a lack of female representation in theater fueled her to write her first plays as a teenager, how she structures stories with an eye on pacing and character transformation, and why storytelling is at the core of what makes us human.

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Books mentioned in this episode:

Anatomy of Story by John Truby

Backwards and Forwards by David Ball

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