Elana Gartner talks with Mark Redfield about playwriting, and her new 2021 play “Runtime Error”, and its first public reading with Transformation Theatre in May of 2021. This interview was conducted by telephone, May 2021.
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About Elana Gartner:
Internationally produced and recognized playwright Elana Gartner is a native Brooklynite and a lifelong playwright, starting as early as first grade when her teacher allowed her to direct and act in the first play that she wrote "The Good Butterfly". That experience led her to believe that a career in playwriting was possible. Since then, she has written Before Lesbians (Dayton FutureFest Finalist 2020, 2nd Place Recipient of the 2018 Henley Rose Playwriting Competition for Women (Readings: Oberlin College, Henley Rose, due for a staged reading at Good Luck Macbeth Theatre), Because of Beth (Productions: Howick Little Theatre; The Workshop Theater), Daughter (Reading: UpTheater Company; PlayLab Selection, 2013 Great Plains Theatre Conference), Pilar’s Brother (Reading: Repertorio Español), Cortex Kin(Reading: Dixon Place), Spinning (Production:Fabrefaction Theater Company), and Ernie Evan (Productions: Genesis Repertory Theater; Heights Players, 6x10 Festival). Two monologues from Elana’s plays Daughter and Because of Bethwere published in “Audition Monologues for Young Women #2: More Contemporary Auditions for Aspiring Actresses “(Meriwether Publishing, Ltd., 2013). Elana founded the EMG Playwriting Workshop and is also a member of the Manhattan Oracles playwriting group. Elana founded the International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) 50/50 Applause Awards and served on the ICWP board for five years. Elana is a member of the Dramatists Guild and is currently an MFA candidate at Spalding University.
In addition to playwriting, Elana has worked in many aspects of the theater: stage management, technical theater, theater education, literary, producing and some dabbling in acting and directing. Through these, she has had the great fortune of working at Williamstown Theater Festival, Lincoln Center Institute, Cherry Lane Theatre, Second Stage Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Theatre Development Fund. During the corona virus crisis, she founded Four Walls Theater, a socially responsible theater company presenting new works online, using artists from around the nation.
Elana's freelance writing covers gender parity, parenting, theater and disability.
She lives with her family in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
About the play “Runtime Error”:
Tal is trying to get a competitive internship when he approaches his college advisor and mentor for an introduction to the company. The famous Professor Carson is all too willing to make the introduction but for a terrible price. While hiding his experiences from everyone in his life, Tal tries to figure out what he could have done differently. A play inspired by the #MeToo movement and the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, this play explores similar themes for men and how they cope or don’t.
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