RIPP #36: PAUL ADAMS, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, EMERGING ARTISTS THEATRE

November 7th, 2013 donnahoke

 

If you don’t know what RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project is about, please click here to get some context before reading.

 

From PAUL ADAMS, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, EMERGING ARTISTS THEATRE

 

Note:  Emerging Artists Theatre’s submission window is currently CLOSED.

 

“I read all submissions, because if someone’s taken the time, the least I can do is read it. I had a very moving experience with a female playwright who submitted a one-act play and she broke down in tears in the lobby. She said, ‘No one has responded to me in three years; you’re the first person who has actually asked for a copy of my play.’ She ended up having a three-week run here and got to sit back and watch an audience experience her work.

 

“We also have a new work series, and Cheryl Howard submitted her one woman show, The Sensational Josephine Baker, and we did a workshop, and it has a fourteen-week run off-Broadway [at Beckett Theatre]. And that was a cold submission; I didn’t know her or anything.

 

“One thing that drives me crazy is when submitted plays don’t include a title page. I have plays that I’m interested in and I have no way to contact the playwright because there’s no address, no email, or I’ll try to trace them through email and the email is now dead. I hold onto things, so contact information is important.

 

“The other thing is that everybody has their own unique voice, and a lot of times, I think people are writing to be commercial or write something they think people will be interested in. But when people write from the truth, even when they’re writing fiction, I don’t care if it’s two characters or twelve characters, it’s not usually a certain subject matter that attracts me—it’s their voice.”

 

My nutshell takeaway: I am moved by the story Mr. Adams shared of the woman who’d gone three years without a response to her submissions. Three years is a long time; I don’t know if I would have had the fortitude to soldier on if I never got a word of encouragement in THREE years. I don’t know who that woman is, but I salute her. She is worth remembering any time we feel discouraged and need to remember that it only takes one person to read, one person to notice, one person to believe. This is such a feel-good post for me, because it not only reminds me of that but that there are, indeed, people like Paul Adams who really do read every submission.

 

Until next time,

Donna

 

 

 

 

 

Written by donnahoke

donnahoke

Dramatists Guild Council member and ensemble playwright-in-residence at Road Less Traveled Productions, Kilroys List and award-winning playwright Donna Hoke’s work has been seen in 40 states, and on five continents. Her full-length plays include THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR (Princess Grace semi-finalist, currently in its third year in rep in Romania), SEEDS (Artie award winner for Outstanding New Play), FLOWERS IN THE DESERT (AACT top 20 finalist), SAFE (winner of the Todd McNerney National Playwriting Contest, Naatak National Playwriting Contest, and the 2015 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest), and BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART (2016 Kilroys List, Winner HRC Showcase, Firehouse Festival of New American Plays, top ten Woodward/Newman finalist); she’s also authored more than two dozen short plays that have had hundreds of productions. Donna is also a New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor; author of Neko and the Twiggets, a children’s book; and founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories. For three consecutive years, she was named Buffalo’s Best Writer by Artvoice, the only woman to ever receive the designation.

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One Comment on “RIPP #36: PAUL ADAMS, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, EMERGING ARTISTS THEATRE”

  1. 1 Wayne Paul Mattingly said at 3:26 pm on November 8th, 2013:

    I submitted my one act play, STRIPPING EDEN,cold to Paul & Emerging Artists Theatre for their EATfest a few years ago & it was selected & given a production in NYC. Warm group all around.


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