Marilyn Ansevin Austin’s new play, The Point, is being given its debut by Arturus Theater Company on September 24, 2015. The longtime D.C. area resident, a psychotherapist in private practice, graduated from Muskingum University, and has a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois and a Doctorate from the University of Maryland. She is a performing flutist and, besides this play, has written poems, short stories, and a children’s book. She invites you to contact her here.
Why are you a playwright?
The beauty of a play, for me, is that I can actually observe my mental images come to life. That is, thoughts and emotions become visible in three dimensions.
What type of theatre most excites you?
I enjoy theater performances which have mystery and surprise….like an unfolding of a lovely previously unknown flower.
What starts a play moving in your imagination?
A situation as an issue/problem that occurs or that I can imagine following a line of possible direction and related results.
Do you have a favorite writing place?
I have no writing place….it could be a just a pad of paper or my computer. It is as if a thread appears, then as I pick at it, it starts to reveal its real nature as one thing leads to another.
How did you choose this play to debut at the Festival?
It was a matter of timing. I had finished it, then a friend told me of this possibility. Years ago I had a spontaneous contact with a clairvoyent/clairaudient woman while in Dover, England, who gave me a “message” from a long deceased Polish soldier. Many years later, this “message” was confirmed by a present-day family friend. This experience I have taken as the basis for an unfolding plot about identity and personal responsibility.
WOMEN’S VOICES THEATER FESTIVAL
September 24 – October 10, 2015
Arcturus Theater Company
at Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church
201 Fourth St., SE
Washington, DC 20003
Details and Tickets
What are you working on now?
The play which I am working on now is based on a personal experience…..spun out to result in the maturation of the central character’s personality and life.
Answer this: “If I weren’t a playwright, I would be … “
I would be what I actually am: a psychotherapist and a flute player who writes poetry and volunteers at the Cathedral and at the Washington Ear.
Anything you would like to add?
I am fortunate to have good health, four successful and supportive children, and encouraging friends and family.