Great Faith in a Seed

  • Dwight E. Watson Wabash College


Dramatic writing often begins with equilibrium, a balance, suggesting to an audience or reader the desired state of things. Equilibrium may last for a while or it may be disturbed almost immediately. While disturbance in drama is anticipated, and even desired, in life and nature disturbances often leave us baffled with actions unresolved. For example, how do we react to an invasive species in nature or graft-versus-host disease in transplantation? Is regenerative therapy an “act of biological resurrection?” Is it great faith in a seed? Is writing dialogue?Is building a cabin? Is equilibrium even desirable? This paper seeks equilibrium in building, writing, and regenerative therapy.


Author Biography

Dwight E. Watson, Wabash College

Dwight Watson is a Professor of Theatre and an active member of the academic and artistic community for more than thirty years. As a director, Watson has staged over sixty productions for educational and professional theatres. He has received several playwriting awards and grants including an Indiana Artist Master Fellowship and the McLain-McTurnan-Arnold Research Scholarship. His plays, including Eden Creek, Dapple Gray, Dewey Boy and Wookie, The Bleeding Heart, and The Newton Project, have been produced in theatres around the United States, and, most recently, at the American Theatre of Actors in New York City.  His book, Original Monologs that Showcase Your Talent, was published in 2005 by Allworth Press (NYC). Watson’s monologue and scene writing also appears in several anthologies including The Theatre Audition Book (Meriwether Publishing, 1998), The Book of Monologues for Aspiring Actors (National Textbook Company, 1995), and Duo! The Best Scenes for Two for the 21st Century (Applause, 2009). Professor Watson served for many years as Chair of the Theater Department and Chair of the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts. He currently holds the title of the LaFollette Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Wabash College.