RIPP #10: MOTL DIDNER, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, NATIONAL YIDDISH THEATRE- FOLKSBIENE

   If you need an explanation of  RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project, please click here to get some context before reading. I have a feeling not everyone is doing this, as I keep getting emails from playwrights wanting to send me their plays or asking how to get produced which, again, is not the point of […]

RIPP #9: MICHELLE HENSLEY, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, TEN THOUSAND THINGS

  If you don’t know what RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project, please click here to get some context before reading. I have a feeling not everyone is doing this, as I keep getting emails from playwrights wanting to send me their plays or asking how to get produced which, again, is not the point of […]

RIPP #8: JEFFREY SANZEL, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, THEATRE THREE

  For an explanation of RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project, click here.   FROM JEFFREY SANZEL, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, THEATRE THREE   “Our Mainstage is committed to commercial works, but the festival on our Second Stage is a place of art.  We have produced everything from comedies and dramas to experimental works, as short as […]

RIPP #7: JUBILITH MOORE, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, THEATRE OF YUGEN

  For an explanation of RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project, please click here.   JUBILITH MOORE, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, THEATRE OF YUGEN   “The average length of the typical Theatre of Yugen script is around 20 pages. We usually work with plays that focus on one central figure and a secondary figure—so perhaps two or […]

RIPP #6: ARI SCHRIER, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, PIPELINE THEATRE COMPANY

  For an explanation of RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project, click here.   FROM ARI SCHRIER, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, PIPELINE THEATRE COMPANY   “There have been two playwrights with new plays we’ve worked with over the past year. The most recent show we did was Clown Bar, and that was a completely cold submission. Adam […]

RIPP Timeout: a general update

  I’ve been so busy with RIPP that I haven’t done any of my usual updates about what’s going on with my own stuff.  If you haven’t been following RIPP, I encourage you to check it out. So far, I’ve contacted more than 450 theaters, and responses (or promises to respond) are coming in daily; […]

RIPP #5: JENNY LARSON, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, SALVAGE VANGUARD

   For an explanation of RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project, click here.   Just back from a great weekend at the Shaw Festival, where I discovered a new restaurant—Rest—which has an extensive wine list that is all local. I don’t know of another restaurant in the area, in Canada or stateside that can boast […]

RIPP #4: DORI JACOB, LITERARY MANAGER AND DRAMATURG, MAGIC THEATRE

  FROM DORI JACOB, LITERARY MANAGER, MAGIC THEATRE:  “Finding a great play is difficult. A great play for me can mean several things. The first thing I look for is a compelling story that is told with 100% commitment to its arc and purpose. The next is character development. What is a great story without […]

RIPP #3: SETH ROZIN, INTERACT THEATRE

  For an explanation of RIPP, Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project, click here.   SETH ROZIN, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, INTERACT THEATRE COMPANY   “InterAct Theatre Company in Philadelphia produces a majority of new plays by less well-known writers.  In the past ten years, five of the new plays that we produced essentially came over the transom.  Tom […]

RIPP #2: RICKY MARTINEZ, NEW THEATRE

  For an explanation of RIPP, Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project, click here.   RICKY MARTINEZ, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, NEW THEATRE   “Right before I became Artistic Director, while I was Associate AD and also Literary Manager, I read a playwright submission, [Just A Kiss], which blew my socks off that had no agent representation.  I immediately […]