#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 […]

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 […]

PLAYWRIGHTS AND THE STATE OF PERPETUAL HOPE

  If you clicked on this title, you know what I’m talking about. It’s the thing that makes us obsessively check our email because, at any moment, an acceptance could arrive—and what if we don’t see it immediately? The thing that makes us cough up fees—maybe even against our better judgment—because that opportunity could lead to […]

WHAT I LEARNED FROM INTERVIEWING 10 SUCCESSFUL #PLONY (Playwrights Living Outside New York)

  After completing 10 #PLONY (Playwrights Living Outside New York) interviews with Eric Coble, William Missouri Downs, Lauren Gunderson, Michael McKeever, EM Lewis, Aditi Brennan Kapil, Don Zolidis, Catherine Trieschmann, Topher Payne,  and Tammy Ryan, I summed up the commonalities I observed in the careers of these successful playwrights:   What I Learned from Interviewing […]

#PLONY PROFILE #10: TAMMY RYAN, PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA

    Tammy Ryan born and raised in Astoria, Queens, left to go to college, and, despite having New York roots, officially became a #PLONY when she wrote her first play as a theater major at the University at Buffalo (UB) and had it produced in the back room of Nietzsche’s bar. The Francesca Primus […]

#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 […]

#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 […]

#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 […]