Ten things that helped Morag Shepherd write NOT ONE DROP, opening March 23

Playwright Morag Shepherd

Playwright Morag Shepherd, originally from Scotland, makes her Plan-B debut with NOT ONE DROP, the current winner of the Plan-B Theatre grant from The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists. She is the resident playwright at Sackerson, where her plays THE WORST THING I’VE EVER DONE (performed in a box by one actor for an audience of one at a time, co-written with Matthew Ivan Bennett and Shawn Francis Saunders), BEFORE THE BEEP (performed in weekly installments via voicemail), BURN and POPPY’S IN THE SAND have premiered, the latter also playing Great Salt Lake Fringe and San Diego International Fringe Festivals.

NOT ONE DROPIf playwrights Caryl Churchill and Sarah Kane had a baby, NOT ONE DROP would be that weird, wacky baby. Morag shared with us the ten things that helped her write the play – enjoy!


1. Björk’s Hyperballad

2. Deconstruction art by toylikeboylike

Japanese Deconstructionism by toylikeboylike

3. Jacques Derrida’s essay Structure, Sign and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences (1966)

Jaques Derrida

4. Björk’s Pagan Poetry

5. Deconstruction art of Todd Mclellan

Todd Mclellan disassembled decontruction art photography-7

6. Oscar Bateman-Rapier’s book Jumping Spiders.

Jumping Spiders

7. Roland Barthes essay The Death of the Author (1968)

Rolad Barthes

8. “The theatre, which is in no thing, but makes use of everything – gestures, sounds, words, screams, light, darkness – rediscovers itself at precisely the point where the mind requires language to express its manifestations . . .” – Antonin Artaud

Antonin Artaud

9. The documentary Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present

Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present

10. Vodka, wine, Diet Coke, coffee Smile emoji

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