DIY PLAY FESTIVALS: LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP!!

  Imagine seeing this in the guidelines of a playwrights’ opportunity:   *If your play is selected, you are responsible for a $100 participation fee. You are also responsible for finding a director, casting the show, supplying sets, figuring out tech and lighting, running rehearsals, and, in all truth, filling seats. Just so you know, […]

TEN REASONS YOU SHOULD BE WRITING TEN-MINUTE PLAYS

  Every so often, on Official Playwrights of Facebook, a debate erupts about the merits of the ten-minute play. Naysayers contend that there’s no such thing as a ten-minute “play”; it’s an exercise, it’s not real writing, it’s a sketch, and so on. Proponents counter that a good (and they do acknowledge that, as with […]

How my play, SAFE, got a “safe” first production that guaranteed its future success

Safe had been a long time coming. I first wrote it in 2012, put it through the Emanuel Fried New Play Workshop, where it had peer review and a staged reading, got some private dramaturgy for it, and started sending it out. I was fortunate that it was a semi-finalist for nuVoices at Actors Theatre […]

THE BEST PLAYWRITING ADVICE EVER

  It started with my simple post on the Official Playwrights of Facebook: What is the single best piece of piece of playwriting advice you’ve ever received distilled to one line–talking about craft only? I have two, but the best one is probably: Questions are the weakest form of dialogue.   What followed was an […]

SLIPPERY SLOPE: NO ROYALTIES FOR FULL-LENGTH PLAYS #playwrightrespect

      I fear the writing on the wall.   Before I was ever a playwright, I was a freelance writer. It’s a flexible career that has allowed me to live where I want, raise kids while I work from home—and one I never thought would be outmoded. I write primarily for smaller publications, […]

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 […]

TRADE A PLAY TUESDAY (#TAPT) TURNS TWO! (Read and share these awesome birthday testimonials!)

  (If you don’t know what TRADE A PLAY TUESDAY is, please click here to read the guidelines and learn how to participate.)   This week, TRADE A PLAY TUESDAY (TAPT) celebrates its two-year anniversary. Except for a handful of Tuesdays, it has run every single week, and, every single week without fail, playwrights have shown up to trade […]

“THERE IS NO SUBMISSION FEE. LIKEWISE THERE IS NO PAY OR PRIZE MONEY.”

  There is no submission fee. Likewise, there is no pay or no prize money.   Have you seen this, this new disclaimer on play submission opportunities? Stated boldly as though there is actually some sort of correlation between not charging a fee and not paying royalties? As if this is so logical that if […]

2015 YEAR IN REVIEW BY NUMBERS

    Last year, I reviewed my records and did a thorough analysis of the submissions I made and how they paid off: 2014 Submission Recap: You Can’t Argue With Numbers. I could do the same thing again this year, but the point would be the same: you have to submit your work—frequently. So, instead I […]