#PLONY PROFILE #9: TOPHER PAYNE, ATLANTA, GEORGIA

  Last week, I marveled at how different every #PLONY’s journey has been; make that triple for Topher Payne. You know how when an actor finally breaks through and everybody asks “Where has he been?” and the answer is toiling away, learning his craft, waiting for the moment when his hard work is noticed? That’s […]

#365GRATEFULPLAYWRIGHT: A YEAR OF WHAT MAKES IT ALL WORTHWHILE DECEMBER/PART ONE

Gratitude journals and their more public cousins—gratitude Facebook posts—have become mindful ways to connect with what is good in our lives. I’ve never done one, but it occurred to me a while back that doing a 365 Grateful for playwriting might illuminate a year’s worth of reasons why we’re so loyal to this sometimes discouraging […]

#PLONY PROFILE #8: CATHERINE TRIESCHMANN, HAYS, KANSAS

  When I first started the #PLONY interviews, I had this notion that, after a while, they’d all start to sound the same. But eight interviews in, I’ve been consistently amazed at how very different these stories are. Sure, there are commonalities that led to success (and there will be recap post on those once […]

#365GRATEFULPLAYWRIGHT: A YEAR OF WHAT MAKES IT ALL WORTHWHILE NOVEMBER/PART TWO

Gratitude journals and their more public cousins—gratitude Facebook posts—have become mindful ways to connect with what is good in our lives. I’ve never done one, but it occurred to me a while back that doing a 365 Grateful for playwriting might illuminate a year’s worth of reasons why we’re so loyal to this sometimes discouraging […]

#PLONY PROFILE #7: DON ZOLIDIS, CEDAR PARK, TEXAS

  I’ve never met Don Zolidis in person, but through interaction on the Official Playwrights of Facebook, I knew he was a #PLONY I wanted to feature. Insanely prolific—he has published 85 YA plays alone—Zolidis has a keen sense of both marketing and the market, and the result is a mind-boggling successful career. Try this […]

#PLONY PROFILE #6: ADITI BRENNAN KAPIL, MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA

 . Aditi Brennan Kapil has a resume full of names equated with playwright excellence: Lark, McKnight, Jerome, Mellon, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, New Dramatists, NNPN, and more. But aside from the voluminous list, what makes Kapil’s achievements all the more remarkable is that when her play, LOVE PERSON, received a 2007/2008 Rolling World Premiere from […]

#PLONY PROFILE #5: EM LEWIS, MONITOR, OREGON

  Full disclosure: I’ve slept with E. M. Lewis. But long before we triple-bunked at the 2013 Dramatists Guild Conference (she’s the former New Jersey rep), she’d been a role model to me for her work, work ethic, tenacity, success, and—most of all—generosity of time and spirit. These days, she’s busier than ever, and I […]

#PLONY PROFILE #4: MICHAEL MCKEEVER, DAVIE, FLORIDA

  What is a #PLONY? Find out here, and also read an explanation as to why I’m writing a series of #PLONY Profiles.   In June, at the CityWrights Conference in Miami, Dramatists Guild Western Florida Regional Representative Dewey Davis-Thompson left briefly to attend the world premiere of Michael McKeever’s DANIEL’S HUSBAND at Island City Stage […]

#PLONY PROFILE #3: LAUREN GUNDERSON, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

  What is a #PLONY? Find out here, and also read an explanation as to why I’m writing a series of #PLONY Profiles.   While a New York playwright is a New York playwright, there are many stripes of #PLONY. Lauren Gunderson lives in San Francisco, a thriving theater arena and new play incubator to be […]

#PLONY PROFILE #2: WILLIAM MISSOURI DOWNS, MIDDLE-OF-NOWHERE, WYOMING

   What is a #PLONY? Find out here, and also read an explanation as to why I’m writing a series of #PLONY Profiles.   Here are my two encounters with William Missouri Downs prior to doing this interview: 1) Naked Playwriting, his book, was the first I ever picked up on the craft. 2) When I […]