Meet the Playwright: Joseph Valdez

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Joseph Valdez (Navajo)
"Timestop" 2015 Playwrights Retreat

What is your favorite thing about playwriting? 
My favorite thing about playwriting is the creation itself. I love the process of taking endless possibility and whittling it down to a specific choice.

What is your least favorite thing about playwriting? 
Getting started.

What is your favorite play?
The Motherfucker with the Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis

What’s the best cure for writer’s block?
Snacks! Whenever I get into a writing funk—I eat something that has a crunch to it—chips or crackers are the best. It helps me find my rhythm.

What would the title be of the play/movie based on your life? 
Little Big Joe

What play do you wish you had written and why? 
I won’t know the answer to this question until I die.

Where do you get your inspiration for your work? 
I get inspiration from the idea that my work may inspire change in someone someday.

What are you most looking forward to during the workshop and festival?
Working with an amazing group of artists!


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