Spiritual Gifts

This article originally appeared in Southern Exposure Vol. 14 No. 3/4, "Changing Scenes: Theater in the South." Find more from that issue here.

"I came to New Orleans without any purpose 13 years ago and I stayed," says Wonk. "I have lived all that time in the French Quarter, which is the setting for Spiritual Gifts. My first apartment was a ground-floor slave quarter. The moisture would soak upward in the brick walls, like lamp oil in a wick. I think a sense of New Orleans entered the writing in the same way: gradually and pervasively."

Spiritual Gifts won second place in the Beverly Hills Theater Guild National Play Competition. It was produced on the main stage of the Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, in 1985.


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