Taking Stock


So…it was 19 years ago, in September 1990, when my first play–Controlled Burn–opened. And, with year 20 coming up, I thought I’d sort of look at what’s gone down with the playwriting. Frankly, the stats kind of knocked me over: I’ve written around 53 plays, 25 of which have been full-lengths and 33 of which have been produced (several have been produced multiple times, so my total production rate is slightly higher than that). That means around a 62% of the plays I’ve written have been produced–not too bad for a goofy kid from Selma, Oregon. In other words, I write about 2.7 plays per year, even though I work full-time, and I’m a semi-professional photographer, serious gardener, and, of late, guitar player.

Now, I’m not saying all those plays were good. But still….

Makes tired just thinking about it, much the less doing it. Maybe I’m getting the hang of this writing thing.

About Steve Patterson

Steve Patterson has written over 50 plays, with works staged in Portland, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Austin, Tampa, and other U.S. cities as well as in Canada and New Zealand. His works include: Waiting on Sean Flynn, Next of Kin, Farmhouse, Malaria, Shelter, Altered States of America, The Continuing Adventures of Mr. Grandamnus, Bluer Than Midnight, Bombardment, Dead of Winter, and Delusion of Darkness. In 2006, his bittersweet Lost Wavelengths was a mainstage selection at Portland Center Stage's JAW/West festival, and, in 2008, won the Oregon Book Award (he also was an OBA finalist in 1992 and 2002). In 1997, he won the inaugural Portland Civic Theatre Guild Fellowship for his play Turquoise and Obsidian. View all posts by Steve Patterson

2 responses to “Taking Stock

  • C A Wohlmut

    gee, that means I have been watching/following your work from the beginning. While I may have missed the first one, I'm pretty sure I've experienced most of the others, either as a participant or as an audience member.And while there have been a couple plays that have left me scratching my head, or just weren't my cup o' tea, I can say that "Waiting for Sean Flynn" and "Liberation" are two of my all time best theater experiences. I look forward to the next twenty years of following your works. peace – CA

  • splattworks

    Thank you, CA. Not surprisingly, those are two of my favorites as well.Best,S

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