Working with playwright Heather McDonald, literary manager Linda Lombardi, and actresses Katie DeBuys and Amy McWilliams at Arena Stage was an incredible experience. It is rare that a playwright is so gracious about working with others to really dig into a piece, and Heather welcomed all our comments and suggestions with an open heart. We spent the two days reading and debating the structure of the piece, the characters, the ideas behind creating "movements" versus acts - the list goes on - and then presenting pieces to an appreciative audience. The discussion even inspired new pages in the second day! I have been a part of great new work in DC and hope to explore developing new work now that I am in New York.