INTERVIEWS WITH GUIRGIS, GURNEY, PARKS, AND HWANG

    Occasionally, for one of my non-playwriting jobs, I have the good fortune to interview some wonderfully renowned playwrights.  Today, I thought I’d share them:   Stephen Adly Guirgis Suzan-Lori Parks A.R. Gurney David Henry Hwang I’ll be back next week with a new post for the Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project (RIPP). Until […]

#RETIRETHISLINE RECAP

    A few weeks ago, in the midst of reading submissions, I started a mini-tweetfest of lines that should be eliminated from plays entirely. With a hashtag of #retirethisline, I sent out a bunch of tweets, and encouraged some others. Because Twitter is fast and furious and they were easy to miss, I thought […]

RIPP #49: FROM ROBYN FLATT, EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER

    As always, if you don’t know what RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project is about, please click here (the original idea) and here (the evolution of that idea) to get some context before reading).   FROM ROBYN FLATT, EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER   “It is a tough world out there for playwrights now that boards […]

THE SAD STATE OF WOMEN’S PLAY SUBMISSIONS

  In trying to choose a title for this blog post, I started out with something like “Why Women Need To Submit,” and realized just how awful that sounded. But in the context of play submissions—something I advocate fiercely—there is something worse: according to informal polls and at least one study, women submit fewer plays […]

HOW TO SUBMIT SO YOUR PLAYS GET PRODUCED

  I make a lot of submissions. More than a few hundred a year, as anybody who knows me can attest. And submitting that much–no surprise–yields results in the form of readings, workshops, and productions, as I’ll recap at the end of next month. But before I do that, i.e. before I subject myself to […]