How long does is take Ken to write a new play or musical?
Generally, Ken writes one new project per year.
“It usually takes me a month to come down from the last project. Then I lock myself in a room and just think for about three months. During this time, I doodle on a legal pad, then start writing bits of dialogue and ideas for plots and themes. Usually, after three or so months, I’m ready to write something that vaguely looks like a play or a libretto, and that takes about a month or two from beginning to end. After that, it’s a matter of rewriting. And the rest of my year is taken up with meeting colleagues about new projects and of course getting involved in new productions around the country and abroad.”