| Internationally known
playwright Steven Dietz, center in black jacket, is surrounded by
the cast and director of Rover Dramawerks' production of Dietz's play
'Private Eyes.' The Dallas Theatre League sponsored the seminar he
gave after a performance of 'Private Eyes' at the Cox Theatre Building
in Plano last Saturday afternoon. Dietz, cast and director discussed
the play and took questions from the audience. To the left of the
playwright is the director Lisa Devine. In front of the director are
Frank Shirar, arms folded and Rick Dalton. In front is Mike Sturlin.
Behind Sturlin from left are Joslyn Justus and Julie Reinagel. Performances
of 'Private Eyes' continue through Feb. 10./Penny Rathbun
For a celebrity, Steven Dietz is not very obvious, but get him in front
of an audience for a seminar and his answers to questions are unexpected
and as interesting as his plays.
The Dallas Theatre League sponsored a Steven Dietz seminar given at the
Cox Theatre Building in Plano just after last Saturday's matinee performance
of his play, "Private Eyes." The Rover Dramawerks cast and director joined
him on stage after the performance.
Someone asked him how he handled it if he attended a bad performance of
one of his works.
"You lie a lot," he said. He went on to explain that his opinion of something
as bad may or may not be accurate.
"You know two or three lines in whether the show is good or not," he said.
"Like your teen-ager's friends, you know the first sentence or two out
of their mouths whether or not they're someone you want your kid to hang
out with." He told about a production of one of his plays he saw in Detroit.
He didn't think the production was very good, but later he got communications
from people in the audience saying the show had changed their lives.
He assured everyone he was sincere when he said he liked the performance
he and the audience had just watched at the Cox Building in Plano.
That was definitely a sincere remark because the performance he had just
seen of "Private Eyes" was an excellent show.
Rover Dramawerks did themselves proud with this production, capturing
every nuance, and in this play there are hundreds of nuances. The plot
involves an actor or director who may or may not be having an affair.
He tells his problems to a psychiatrist who may or may not be part of
Dietz said it had been awhile since he'd seen the play and he had totally
forgotten some major scenes in the play.
He said he was privileged that anyone wanted to perform any of his works.
His more than 21 plays and adaptations of other works have been performed
all over the United States and the world.
His recent plays include "Last of the Boys," a Pulitzer-prize nominee,
"Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure" adapted from William Gillette and
Arthur Conan Doyle, and his version of Bram Stoker's "Dracula."
He was born in Denver, and began his career as a director of new plays
in Minneapolis before moving to Seattle in 1991. He is now a professor
at the University of Texas in Austin.
Rover Dramawerks performances of "Private Eyes" continues through Feb. 10.
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