YOU KNOW YOU’RE A PLAYWRIGHT IF YOU…

  *Obsessively check your email, because that’s where all the good news comes from.   *Know what the fee debate is.   *Have paid one. At least once. (Maybe in secret.)   *Have moments where you know nobody is being honest with you. (Or are at least paranoid that they aren’t.)   *Feel euphoria for […]

#PLONY PROFILE #11: KAREN ZACARIAS, WASHINGTON DC

  What is a/are #PLONY? Find out here, and also read an explanation as to why I’m writing a series of #PLONY Profiles.   From the time I started the #PLONY (Playwrights Living Outside New York) series, I wanted to interview Karen Zacarias. Not surprisingly, her busy schedule—which includes not just continual productions across the […]

HOW TO PLAY #POFF: Playwrights Offering Free Feedback–a free reading/feedback circle

    The third anniversary of the launch of TRADE A PLAY TUESDAY (#TAPT) has just passed. In its three years of operation, there has never been a Tuesday without participants, and feedback and experience have served to iron out the kinks. Since #TAPT now runs (mostly always) seamlessly each week, it’s a good time […]

VOTE: Dramatists Guild introduces #PLONY representation on Council

  Playwright friends who are members of The Dramatists Guild, this week–if you haven’t already–you’ll be receiving a ballot for this year’s Guild Council Elections. Currently, out of 65 Council members, all but two live in NYC, but that’s about to change. On this year’s ballot, for the first time, five seats on the Council will […]

Does the first line of your play make an impression?

  Plenty of plays start with “Hello?” and go on to be good plays; I’m not disputing that. What I am disputing is why any playwright, when there is an opportunity to deliver an opening line that creates the world of a play, that establishes something, would choose not to take it.   You don’t have to […]

My 2016 Year in Review

  In my continual quest to prove that submitting does work, I again offer up total transparency in my year’s submission and results. As with 2014’s Recap: You Can’t Argue With Numbers and 2015’s Review in Numbers, the goal is always to show that submitting yields results. More than that, consistency yields momentum, which is […]

RED FLAGS! Or here we go again: beware this submission call

      ANOTHER UPDATE: As of 1/17/17, Outvisible has amended its most egregious paragraph, but still bars playwrights from doing more than observing in reading rehearsal, can’t fund the playwright’s attendance and rehearsal, and isn’t offering Skype, and still insists on world premiere language in future publications. I believe the company is trying to […]

Three dialogue clunkers we’re better off without

Having seen an unusual number of readings lately, I’ve noticed things that are not quite bad habits, because they’re deliberate, not automatic, but that are detrimental nonetheless. Maybe the best word is indulgences, things perceived as necessary, even clever, but that—at least for me—have the opposite effect, which is almost always making the playwright too present, […]

TEN PLAYWRIGHT MOMENTS I ABSOLUTELY LOVE

  I haven’t posted anything in a while, for a few reasons. I’ve been busy writing other things. I feel like many of the advocacy points I’ve made are still relevant (I often reply to a post on Official Playwrights of Facebook with one of my former posts because the information bears repeating). I haven’t […]

Theater doing important work: the Grief Dialogues

    Elizabeth Coplan has collected and compiled short grief plays, and the interest in them has gone beyond her wildest imaginings.   Please follow me on Twitter @donnahoke or like me on Facebook at Donna Hoke, Playwright. Playwrights, remember to explore the Real Inspiration For Playwrights Project, a 52-post series of wonderful advice from Literary […]