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

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 […]

THE MYTH OF PREMIERE-ITIS

  Ready for a little rant? I’ve kind of had it with complaints about the purported one-and-done mentality of American theater. I’ve had it because it’s simply not true; more, there are no facts to support this presumption.   Before I get into my actual argument, I will concede up front that most contests do indeed […]

RIPP #17: SHIRLEY SEROTSKY, ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, THEATER J

   If you don’t know what RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project, please click here to get some context before reading. I have a feeling not everyone is doing this, as I keep getting emails from playwrights wanting to send me their plays or asking how to get produced which, again, is not the point of RIPP. […]

RIPP #1: MELISSA HILLMAN, IMPACT THEATRE

  Explanation of RIPP, Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project here.   MELISSA HILLMAN, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, IMPACT THEATRE CO.   “I started on Twitter at the insistence of a few people in my company, especially Jax Steager and Reggie White, in 2010. I didn’t know what it was all about, so Jax introduced me to the […]

FINALLY! WHAT IS RIPP? REAL INSPIRATION FOR PLAYWRIGHTS PROJECT!

  Playwrights talk a lot about how to get plays in the hands of those who will read them, and lamenting the seeming impossibility of this task. And yet… if it were truly impossible, would we keep writing? Would we keep submitting day in and day out? We must believe that even if the odds […]