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 […]

RED FLAGS! Or here we go again: beware this submission call

      ANOTHER UPDATE: As of 1/17/17, Outvisible has amended its most egregious paragraph, but still bars playwrights from doing more than observing in reading rehearsal, can’t fund the playwright’s attendance and rehearsal, and isn’t offering Skype, and still insists on world premiere language in future publications. I believe the company is trying to […]

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 […]

I’M LOSING FAITH IN TEN-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVALS (BUT NOT HOPE)

  Are you shocked?   Not too long ago, I wrote a post called YOU WANT OUR UNPRODUCED TEN-MINUTE PLAYS WHY? that was probably the tip of this iceberg; it expressed frustration, but tried to frame it in a logical approach to ten-minute play submission, one that we could feel good about. I have always […]

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

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

MY NEW SERIES: SUCCESS AND PLAYWRIGHTS LIVING OUTSIDE NEW YORK CITY (#PLONY)

  You really need to move to New York. You’ve heard that, right? I don’t live in New York City; is my playwriting career doomed? Sometimes, it seems that way—or at least seems as though others feel that way. Recently, on a panel of six playwrights, the five before me all introduced themselves, “I’m First […]

IF I HAD IT TO DO OVER, WOULD I BLOG ABOUT WORDS PLAYERS? 

  A fellow Dramatist Guild rep posed this question to me, in view of the ugliness that followed my blog post about the egregious guidelines set forth by Words Players in Rochester, Minnesota. It gave me pause, because the hate heaped on this small theater company became extreme, and some saw us, the playwright community, […]

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 […]

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