#365GRATEFULPLAYWRIGHT: A YEAR OF WHAT MAKES IT ALL WORTHWHILE SEPTEMBER/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 […]

“YOU WANT OUR UNPRODUCED TEN-MINUTE PLAYS WHY?”

  THE TREND TOWARD WANTING (NEEDING?) UNPRODUCED TEN-MINUTE PLAYS: FACTS, FICTION, AND REASON   As with most blog posts I write that aren’t part of a regular series, this one came about because this topic has reached fever pitch among playwrights. Ten-minute play festivals are ubiquitous and have been for some time; in fact, on […]

WHY YOU NEED TO ATTEND A PLAYWRIGHTS CONFERENCE (and AN INTROVERT’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING ONE)

  Years ago, I emailed the amazing EM Lewis (SONGS OF EXTINCTION, THE GUN SHOW) and asked her how, as a not-fresh-out-of-college, female, late-starting playwright not living in New York City, she’d managed to get her work noticed. Typically, she was very generous in her reply and said, among other things, that each year, she […]

ARROGANCE, IGNORANCE, AND #PLAYWRIGHT RESPECT

  I have a good actor/director friend who told me that, in college, she took a Playwrights Appreciation class. Can you imagine? And can you imagine how different the theater landscape might be if all theater majors were required to take this class? In my short career as a playwright, I’ve experienced and heard of […]

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

(Click here to read other posts in this series)   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 […]