Paula Vogel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, is coming to Chapel Hill to host an unorthodox workshop of her own invention, a "bake-off," on April 6.
The "bake-off" is based on an exercise Vogel created with fellow playwrights at the beginning of her career in New York. The practice was so named because of its similarities to the Pillsbury Bakeoff competitions of the 1950s.
In the bake-off, participants are given a variety of ingredients, such as words or ideas and inspiration from other art mediums like paintings or works of art from varying time periods. After getting the ingredients, the participants have 48 hours to write their plays, and after those two days they reconvene to share the work they produced.
On April 6, here in Chapel Hill, Vogel will introduce one of her famous "bake-offs" to any willing participants in the Triangle area. Vogel, an acclaimed playwriting teacher, is notable in the theater scene. Some of her students include Nilo Cruz, Lynn Nottage and Quiara Alegría Hudes, playwright of "In the Heights."
"She's, you know, obviously, one of the greatest playwrights currently in the country," said Adrienne Pender, a Raleigh-based playwright. "She's won a Pulitzer prize. I mean being able to be part of that workshop would be just a priceless opportunity for any playwright."