Mary Poindexter McLaughlin
WRITER. TEACHING ARTIST. THEATRICAL FUN-MEISTER.
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My plays have been staged and performed in NYC and CT by wonderful actors like Hamish Linklater and Frank Wood; recently my play The Buddha's Wife was a New Play Workshop choice at Road Less Traveled Theatre in Buffalo, NY.
Most of my writing gravitates toward the everyday presence of spirit, in a very non-denominational way. Ideas for plays and poems come while I'm meditating, dreaming, or pulling weeds in our vegetable garden. (Lousy ideas seem to come while I'm brushing my teeth.)
~ a misguided character in Doing Time
I find that the more I write, the less sure I am about anything, but the more content I am not to know.
"To write is to truly live..."
Unlike the Young Man in my play Doing Time, I have never equated writing with living. I have always, however, been in love with words and humbled by their power for good or for ill. I write to transform, uplift, and heal.
I was smitten by playwriting in college, and have pursued it ever since. Poetry hooked me decades later, and I wrote a poetic drama, The Marriage of Mom & Dad, for my master's project and commentary.