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Podcast 068: Lassoing Words with June Carryl

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Tori and Mabelle talk with accomplished theater artist, June Carryl, about her transition from law to theater and beyond. June shares the turning point into playwriting with Paula Vogel and how she got bit by the acting bug. June discusses why words are crucial, how theatrical stories inspire change, and the joy of working with young audiences.

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Writing prompt (courtesy of June Carryl) 

Monologue Prompt. This is a writing prompt from Luis Alfaro! Write a monologue from your character’s point of view when they were 12 years old. June says what’s really great about that prompt is you’re forced to know character’s “before” in a way you might not have considered. The second part of the prompt is to write your character at half the age they are now. It breeds some incredible backstory and insights. June says, “Luis is the dude!”

Connect with June Carryl:

  • IG: @junecarryl
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/june.lomena
  • Tiktok: June Carryl
  • NPX: https://newplayexchange.org/users/5937/june-carryl

June’s bio: 

June Carryl is a playwright, actor and director originally from Denver and currently lives in Los Angeles. Her plays include LA BÊTE – A One Act (Encore! Producers Award, Spirit of the Fringe Award, Orgasmico Most Orgasmic Writing Award) 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival; STONE ANGELS (Black Swan Lab 2013; nomination the Kilroys 2014), BLOWFLY (produced for Fresh Produced LA); MOURNING STORY and BABY TOES (Los Angeles Playwrights Lab Presents), SEDUCER (Summerfest 2009, Black Box Theater), THE RINGS OF SATURN (The Living Room Series, Blank Theatre), GOD’S WIFE (reading, Zephyr Theatre), and THE ART OF YES (reading, Playbrokers). June has received commissions from the Magic and Visual Artists Theater in New York. Her screenplay HARARE, HARARE was a semi-finalist in the 2008 Page Screenwriting Awards. Her directing credits include SUSPENDED (2015 Blank Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival); RESTORE (2015 2Cents’ InkFest); ONION CREEK (Son of Semele), THE POSITION (Piano Fight), and the Blank’s Living Room Series. Recent acting credits include CASTLE, MAD DOGS, Coeurage Theatre’s FAILURE: A LOVE STORY directed by Michael Matthews; Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production of Naomi Wallace’s THE LIQUID PLAIN directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, and City Garage Theatre (THE TROJAN WOMEN).

Tori mentioned a magazine in this episode. She called it “Arizona Roadways” but the correct name of the mag is “Arizona Highways”: https://www.arizonahighways.com

If you can’t get a frozen lemonade from Disneyland, check out this recipe: https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/frozen-lemonade-recipe/ 

Far South Border North Grant: https://www.sandiego.gov/far-south-border-north/grants

A list of the 20 Bipoc Superhero Project playwrights: https://www.americantheatre.org/2022/11/23/tya-bipoc-superhero-project-to-commission-new-work-from-20-writers/

Check out June Carryl’s “Blue” on NPX!: https://newplayexchange.org/plays/1608408/blue

Check out June’s play, “NB” at The Cell Theatre in New York this November: http://www.thecelltheatre.org/

Follow RxCKSTxR on Tiktok to see what brings June joy!: therxckstxr