Words I Like

by playwright Jen Huszcza

Earlier this month, I gave you some words I hate. Inspired by Tiffany’s recent blog post and because every yin has its yang, every rose has its thorn, and every cowgirl sings a sad sad song, I am now happy to present the Words I Like in no particular order.

Good – I’m not a big fan of superlatives. They lead to melodramatic thoughts. However, I do like good. It doesn’t have to be excellent. It just has to be good. It’s basic. It has a nice evenness to it. Good.

Faith –To me, Faith is not just about organized religion. All artists and creative people have faith—that belief in an unknown thing. Every work is a leap of faith. When I start a new piece, I don’t know everything, but I have faith and a little bit of crazy courage.

Physicality – Plays should not just be spoken. They are physical things with actors moving around. When does a character move? When does he/she/it not move? Movement is fundamental in every play. Bodies enter. Bodies leave.

Ritual – We all have our rituals. Plays are rituals. What happens when the rituals are broken?

Fuck – What a great word. It can be a noun, a verb, an adjective, an adverb. It can stand alone or be strung together with other words. And! It rhymes with duck.

Yes – So much better than no. It leads to more possibilities.

After typing this, I realized that I had come up with: Good Faith Physicality Ritual. Fuck yes! Yep, that’s an apt description for most of my plays.

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