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Check out my interviews with Peter Fields and Evonne Fields-Gould on their playwrights’ artistic writing process of: “That Guy” and “Where Winter Rests on a Wounded Heart.” These plays are part of the “Wake Up to Life: Out of the Ashes” projects funded by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and supported by Rainey Institute.
Do check out the bios and extra information after the video.
Peter A. Fields
As a young man in his twenties, Peter Fields made several independent films during the early and mid-1990s. In the late 90s, he stepped away from filmmaking and focused his attention on improving his skills as a storyteller, specifically as a writer. With his brother, Cornelius, sister, Elizabeth, mother, Evonne, and a small group of friends, Fields wrote and performed in dozens of radio plays which were aired on WJCU radio (John Carroll University).
In 2003, he stepped back behind the camera as a director, editor and co-writer, and from 2003 to 2015, Fields shepherded fourteen short and feature-length, independent films. He has won numerous awards for his film work, including a Telly® Award and a Communicator® Award.
His work as a filmmaker came to an end when he was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s disease in 2015. “I knew something was changing in me a few years before, which was making it harder for me to work as a producer, director and editor, and handle all of the physical and cognitive stress that that kind of work brings, but I thought it was just age.”
Faced with this life challenge, Fields knew that he absolutely had to keep telling stories. So, he decided to turn his attention and skills to his other artistic passion—live theatre. He was determined that he would learn the language of the stage and become a playwright, which he says is, “much easier on me—physically and cognitively. I can continue to tell stories and not have the stress that came with being a filmmaker.”
To date, Fields has written seven stage plays which have been read or performed at festivals in Ohio, U.S.A., Texas, U.S.A., Wisconsin, U.S.A., and London, U.K. His play, About Michael, was awarded the second place Audience Appreciation Award at the Sky Blue Theatre Company’s British Theatre Challenge: Act II. About Michael and another of his one-act scripts entitled, Monster, are both published and licensed by Lazy Bee Scripts. Additionally, in 2018, Fields achieved another long time goal and published his first novel for middle school readers, entitled, A Faraway Place. Fields has a BA in Theatre Studies: Theatre and Society, from Kent State University, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Evonne Fields-Gould received her Associate of Applied Science degree from Cuyahoga Community College in August of 1980. She studied History and English at Kent State University from 2009 to 2016. Fields-Gould became a writer, co/writer and a featured voice performer in various audio drama productions, including, Space Traveler Jim, from 1997 to 2001, for Little Beth Audio Group. The audio plays were aired on a local radio station, WJCU: John Carroll University.
In 2016, Fields-Gould completed writing her first stage play, Life, Love and Boobs, which was performed at the Fade to Black Play Festival in Huston Texas, in June 2017. She is currently submitting plays to theatres for production and to publishing houses for publication consideration, while working on her next stage play. Ms. Fields-Gould’s monologue, entitled, Can There be Justice for TJ, was performed at the 2018 Seneca Falls Dialogue conference and is published for academic study in the Seneca Falls Dialogue Journal in 2019. In August of 2019, she was honored to have her short stage play, For the Love of April, published by the distinguished London, U.K. publishing house, Lazy Bee Scripts.
In 2018 Fields-Gould, published her first novel, A Bond of Love.