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What I loved about teaching is you go in and everybody is a beginner—including me - and you get back to the thing that drives you to write in the first place, exploring reality, creating worlds. Plus, I get to spend time with 19-20-21 year-old people who will never be as funny as they are right now.
They’re sarcastic and cynical but they haven’t gotten worn out by the world yet.
She said that for people who have to wear Depends, it was humiliating.
I wrote back and told her I find humor is the best way to get through the struggles of aging.
One of the actors in the cast, Kim Rosenstock, told me I should take a class with Connie Congdon, “because she’s awesome.” So I did, and my life changed. Anyone who’s met Connie or seen her plays knows that she is, in fact, awesome.
Her plays—and many others—are funny, brilliant, and human, but she also runs what is, in my unbiased opinion, one of the best undergrad playwriting programs in the country at Amherst College in Western Massachusetts.
I was wearing Depends while I was performing the piece, I told her, and I’m wearing Depends right now while I eat a Sno Cone at a baseball game.
Rail: I had no idea you were interested in performing. Congdon: You know, I’ve been teaching for thirty years and I find that I don’t really lecture, I just sit in front of the class and talk. I really could sit there forever, listening, and be happy.
Rail: That’s exactly what I thought when I watched you perform—this is like Connie the professor! I feel really at home in front of the audience instead of freaked out. I love to sit and listen to somebody tell me a story. Rail: One thing you taught me, Connie, is it’s actually possible to have a life and a career as a playwright.