Seminar: Thing Theory

Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 2:30pm
Monday, October 14, 2019 - 6:00pm
Taught by McKnight Fellow W. David Hancock
Online & at The Playwrights' Center
$10 for Members, $20 for Non-Members

Class Type: Before the Play, Class Level: All Experience Levels Welcome

“A thing in the sense of being present-at-hand: a rock, a piece of wood, a pair of pliers, a watch, an apple . . " - Martin Heidegger

In this seminar with McKnight Fellow W. David Hancock participants will focus on how things can be used to tell theatrical stories. Whether the thing is an ancient relic, beloved amulet, or an everyday object it can be used as a writing prompt for your play. This class will explore how things can help with writer's block, interactions with an audience, and crafting unique narratives. 

This is the Seminar for you if:

  • There is a particular thing/object that you're fascinated by
  • You want a different way in for the writing of your next play
  • You are interested in different theatrical forms

PostScript: W. David Hancock in an Obie winning playwright, check out this essay about his object-centered work published by Duke University Press.

October 13, 2019 from 2:30pm - 5:00pm CST: LOCAL Registration

October 13, 2019 from 2:30pm - 5:00pm CST: ONLINE Registration

October 14, 2019 from 6:00pm - 8:30pm CST: LOCAL Registration

October 14, 2019 from 6:00pm - 8:30pm CST: ONLINE Registration

Questions? Email Education Coordinator, H. Adam Harris, at

Class type: 
In-person (MSP)