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A Waltz With Mark Basquill

BY GWENYFAR ROHLER

The well-known image of the “stage par-

ent” — the overbearing, disappointed father or mother who hangs his or her own expectations on the child — is a frequently relied upon image for writers. But what do you do when it goes the other direction? When your harshest critic is your offspring? In Mark Basquill’s case, he laughs and is proud of having raised two such talented and discerning young performers. After all, his 16

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journey to playwriting began with them. Patrick and Joe Basquill, both regular faces on the local stage, grew up in children’s theater here. Eventually Dad found himself auditioning for a few community theater roles and discovered he liked performing and having another activity in common with his children. So, though he started as a novelist, it was a natural extension to try playwriting. “I liked to write short stories and tried novels, but writing is solitary and it turned out to be much more fun to collaborate with people,” Basquill says. The Art & Soul of Wilmington

PHOTOGRAPH BY MARK STEELMAN

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