By Marsie Hall Newbold
Who: Carlos Edwards, 32, of College Hill, a playwright, director and arts enthusiast, and assistant director of academic services and a senior adviser at the University of Cincinnati.
What: His 31/2-year-old Dell personal computer.
Carlos Edwards and computer.
(Tony Jones photo)
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Where: On a long table in the master bedroom of his townhouse. Mr. Edwards' computer is the first he has owned. It is an upgrade from a powder blue Smith Corona electric typewriter.
Mr. Edwards, who received his undergraduate and master's degrees in public relations/advertising/journalism from Morehead State University, believes his computer is almost his "alter-ego."
Me, myself and I: "It seems strange to say that," he says. "But it's true from the standpoint that I can create with it. When I am working on the computer, I am a different person. It houses my thoughts and my characters. At some times, it is an extension of me."
Mr. Edwards started writing as a senior at Aiken High School.
He was taking Honors and Advanced Placement English when the "writing bug" bit him.
The big time: He hasn't made a "lot" of money by writing but has sold the movie rights to his play Transition Patterns in Black Manhood to a local film director.
IF YOU GO
The Kitchen Committee" is being produced by the Cincinnati Black Theatre Company and the Arts Consortium of Cincinnati, Feb. 20-23, Feb. 27-28 and March 1-2 at the Arts Consortium of Cincinnati, 1515 Linn St. Tickets: $18. Information: 241-6060.
"It was produced as part of the first Black Theatre Festival in Cincinnati," he explains. "Now it is going to be made into a short film."
Latest work: Mr. Edwards is directing his play The Kitchen Committee, which will open later this month at the Arts Consortium of Cincinnati.
He describes it as a "comedy-drama" that deals with the contradictions and political structures of a church.
"I'm a realist as a writer," he says, turning reflective. "I like to deal with real-life situations that people don't always like to talk about or discuss. But, they will watch it on stage."
Doing what comes naturally: "I write all the time," he says. "It is a cathartic way of dealing with things. If I'm angry about something I've seen or read, I kind of type it out - whether it is poetry or thoughts. Cincinnati gives a writer a lot to write about."
Night owl: "I like to write at night," Mr. Edwards says. "During the daytime, I can't focus for some reason. I can stay up all night and work, and it doesn't bother me. I guess that's because I have my computer to keep me company."
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