Welcome to the Subtext, American Theatre‘s newest podcast series, where playwrights talk to each other.
Nwandu discusses her improbable journey from pre-med student at Harvard to theatre critic in Scotland before she became a playwright. The many stops along her path included Homi K. Bhabha responding to her thesis on Samuel Beckett’s “So much thought about such a useless text,” and a key moment of inspiration, when she witnessed Rajiv Joseph’s play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo go from idea to Broadway.
Ever the seeker, Nwandu’s spiritual life was crucial in becoming a playwright, where the parallels between church and theatre created a sense of familiarity and fulfilled a need for “a nest, a home, a space, an identity.”
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