Writing Crop

New Works festival helps whip untested stage fare into shape

"Festivals don't provide a working writer's living," he explains. "That's what grant money is for. I moved here because I've qualified for every possible grant I could get in my home state, and now I'm here to see about some Arizona funding. Plus I was sick of the rain."

Paradise Valley playwright Richard Warren.
Paradise Valley playwright Richard Warren.

In one of Milner's plays, a novelist leaves a suicide note in which he complains that his work was never loved by a wide enough audience. "This, of course, is utter bullshit," Milner says. "This fellow didn't realize that writing is about either entertaining people or making money. If you're lucky, it's about both."

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