5 Ways Katori Hall Gave In to Life, Love and Her Own Creativity
The 30-year-old playwright—her drama The Mountaintop, starring Samuel L. Jackson as Martin Luther King Jr., hit Broadway this fall—digs deep into life, love, and the creative process.

1. You have to let go of the bad to make room for the good.

I was in a hellish relationship a few years ago, but I swear, the moment I said goodbye, all these blessings started flowing into my life. It was like God was holding a bag of blessings and I was holding a bag of shit, and when I let go of my bag, God was like, “Here you go.”
2. Silence is the start.

Playwrights are the most gregarious writers—to get our work done, we need actors, directors, set designers. So whenever I have to go back into my writing cocoon, I get a little scared to be alone. But that’s when the voices come to you. Silence is the start.

3. You can only be you—nothing more, nothing less.

When I was 21, I went to a Q&A with the playwright August Wilson. I grabbed the microphone and said, “August Wilson, I want to be just like you.” The audience cracked up. I don’t know if they thought it was cute or ludicrous or both… to read more, click here.


Written on November 15th, 2011 , Media
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