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Behind the Scenes Spotlight: The Playwright

Meet the Artist, Brian Guehring!

Brian Guehring is the Education Director /Playwright in Residence for The Rose and has been a member of the resident acting company here since 1999. Brian’s scripts have won several national and regional awards and have been produced by professional theater for young audiences and schools across the country. Brian is formerly served on the national board of directors of Theater for Young Audiences/USA and Pride Youth Theater Alliance. Brian’s most recent script for The Mysterious Case Files of Silver Cash, Money Detective, is now touring local schools to help students learn about money management!

Q: Can you tell us about the job of a playwright? How did you become a playwright? Did you have to take special classes?
A: I love writing and making up stories. When I was in school, I took a lot of theater and playwriting classes. Now I get to write plays for The Rose and for other theaters.

Q: What is something you’re excited about for the audience to experience in Silver Cash?
A: I am excited to see how they react to our characters and the story!

Q: How did you come up with the idea for Silver Cash?
A: I was trying to find an interesting way to grab the attention of 4th graders when teaching them about financial literacy. I am a HUGE fan of mysteries! I thought it would be fun to turn the play into a series of mysteries.

Q: What are some other plays you have written? Do you have a favorite?
A: I’ve written lots of plays! Some of my plays include, Sherlock Holmes and the First Baker Street Irregular, The Many Disguises of Robin Hood, The Brave Little Tailor, The Bully Show, Where the Red Fern Grows, and The Super Adventures of Nutrition Man and Dr. Exercise. My favorite play is always the one I am currently working on!

Q: What is your advice for young people who would like to write plays?
A: Go see plays! Read lots of books! Take creative writing classes! Take theater classes! And write, write, write! Playwrights have to do lots of rewriting!

Thank you for sharing your talents with us, Brian!

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