Why do I write?
Why do I write?
Most of my work is focused on the foreboding secrets that exist inside of us that we are innately afraid of sharing, and everything we do to hide and prevent that revelation to others. The fear when it happens, and the cleansing or punishment when it does. To see how the character changes, and how the world changes to this reveal is the most exciting thing to experience in a story.
Because I've been there. In the Winter of 2012 I attempted suicide, and failed. I hid it. I was so ashamed of my feelings, my sadness, my angst, my anger, everything that I pushed behind a cutout of a fun person that I played. The character that couldn't come out in my own life. Someone who people liked being around, and someone who was sure that if people knew they would no longer be around. But through a residency that strived to push me out into the open about my darkest truth, I did get to the reveal.
And there were no consequences of telling others of my experience. Only rewards.
The reactions are never what you expect. And those reactions, and the dark moments that brings us there, those are what I try to capture.
Greg Nanni is a playwright, comic book writer, marketer, and former Philadelphian now living in the NYC area. He is a member of Witherspoon Circle, Passage Play Lab, a former PDC Playwright in Residence at Plays & Players, the Literary Manager of the Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, and the former Marketing Manager of Plays & Players Theatre. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Moderator of the PDC Playwrights' Happy Hour. He is the Co-Writer of the Youtube Series Bar-N-Tavern. He is the Board Vice President of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center, one of the Co-Leaders of the Witherspoon Circle, and is the co-producer of the New Feathers Reading Series program. He was the cofounder and editor of The Rome Review, a printed literary magazine. His One Act plays have been featured in Festivals and Readings throughout the Greater Philadelphia Area, and have been produced nation-wide. He is a graduate of the George Washington University. He is a current MFA Playwriting Candidate at Columbia University, and is the recipient of the Dean’s Fellowship.