Adapting a Piece of Literature for the Stage

Wednesday, March 8, 2023
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


How do you translate the immersive world of a literature work into a living, breathing piece of theatre? This conversation will explore the difference between the two mediums of storytelling, tips to consider, and how some dramatists have approached this with their own works. In addition to craft perspective, moderator Jessica Lit, Director of Business Affairs for the Dramatists Guild of America, will offer advice on the logistics of licensing and practical things to consider.

This event has been prerecorded, and will be available to watch on-demand online from March 8, 2023 to April 8, 2023.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Adapting_a_Piece_of_Literature_for_the_Stage_-_AWP_Session_Outline_Revised.pdf



Jessica Lit (she/her) serves as the director of business affairs for the Dramatists Guild. In addition, Jessica has her own solo law practice, The Lit Esquire PLLC, aimed at educating artists of all disciplines about their legal rights to empower them to take control of their careers.

Lauren Gunderson has been one of the most produced playwrights in America since 2015. She is a two-time winner of the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for I and You and The Book of Will. She is also the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and a finalist for the Blackburn Prize. LaurenGunderson.com

Roger Q. Mason (they/them) was recently touted by The Brooklyn Rail as "quickly becoming one of the most significant playwrights of the decade." Their playwriting has been seen on Broadway (Circle in the Square Reading Series), Off and Off-Off-Broadway, and regionally. Insta: @rogerq.mason.

Matthew Spangler

Caridad Svich is a playwright-poet, lyricist, translator, and editor. She receive the 2012 OBIE for Lifetime Achievement, has written over fifty plays and has adapted works by Isabel Allende, Mario Vargas Llosa, Shakespeare, and others.


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Kansas City Convention Center