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Will Power's Movement: The Meadows Prize Winner's Busy Year

Will Power debuts play on the heels of Dallas Theater Center announcement

by Nick Rallo

Meadows Prize winner and SMU Theatre Artist-in-Residence Will Power has been busy. In Dallas and beyond, the artist behind the hip-hop rendition of Shakespeare’s The Tempest is starting a movement in handfuls. Just recently, the Dallas Theater Center announced an exciting initiative for writers—the Dallas Playwrights’ Workshop. The program is designed with the writer’s heart in mind: There will be 10 sessions with Will Power this fall that will focus on developing a drama piece from concept to curtain call. Those invited to continue will get 10 more sessions in the spring, culminating in an informal reading by actors of the DTC—in front of an audience.

DTC’s artistic director Kevin Moriarty had this to say: "The Dallas Playwrights' Workshop is DTC's inaugural effort to support local playwrights, which we hope will inspire the participating playwrights to explore their voices as writers, as well as benefiting our local theatrical community of artists and increasing awareness of the exciting new work being created by writers at theaters throughout North Texas.”

Then, there’s Power’s new play, Fetch Clay, Make Man, which is inspired by the actual friendship between actor Stepin Fetchit and Muhammad Ali. It opened Thursday at the New York Theatre Workshop Off-Broadway, directed by Tony winner Des McAnuff, and the positive reviews are pouring in—from The New York Times to The Hollywood Reporter.

This all follows another announcement at the beginning of the year: Power was named Dallas Theater Center’s first Playwright-in-Residence, a three-year position. So, it may be time the award-winning veteran of theatre, film and TV could use some sort of cloning machine.

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