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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 […]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRADE A PLAY TUESDAY (AND A PLEA FOR HELP that isn’t $$)!

  Today, TRADE A PLAY TUESDAY (TAPT) celebrates its one-year anniversary (okay, it’s actually tomorrow, but today is Tuesday, so…). Except for three Tuesdays, it has run every single week, and every single week, playwrights have shown up to trade plays. There have been nearly a thousand traded, and more than a few have gone […]

2014 SUBMISSION RECAP: YOU CAN’T ARGUE WITH NUMBERS

  Last year in my 2013 submission recap, I simply reported how many theaters I’d submitted to, and how many I’d heard back from. I’m going to go about it a bit differently this year, and make some comparisons over the past three years, because I think—I hope—it will be telling.  (I’m a few days […]

RIPP #49: FROM ROBYN FLATT, EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER

    As always, if you don’t know what RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project is about, please click here (the original idea) and here (the evolution of that idea) to get some context before reading).   FROM ROBYN FLATT, EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER   “It is a tough world out there for playwrights now that boards […]

RIPP #48: ABIGAIL ROSE SOLOMON, FOUNDER, ROSALIND PRODUCTIONS

    As promised, another installment of RIPP. And, as always, if you don’t know what RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project is about, please click here (the original idea) and here (the evolution of that idea) to get some context before reading.   FROM ABIGAIL ROSE SOLOMON, FOUNDER, ROSALIND PRODUCTIONS   “I’m sort of a one-woman show; I […]

IS THIS WHY YOUR PLAY WAS PASSED UP?

    Buffalo United Artists is currently in the process of reading submissions for BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories, and we’re so overwhelmed by submissions that don’t follow guidelines that I’m feeling compelled to address the issue. Because it’s not an isolated incident. Submission after submission just ignore the guidelines that we thought were […]

RIPP #47: KYLE BASS, RESIDENT DRAMATURG, SYRACUSE STAGE AND AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF RIPP

  Well… it’s been a long time since I’ve written a RIPP post. (If you don’t know what RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project is about, please click here (the original idea) and here (the evolution of that idea) to get some context before reading.)   Part of the reason it’s been so long is that I’ve been super […]

A POST ABOUT GOALS (A GOAL POST?)

  I’ve been thinking a lot about goal setting, something achievers swear by and life coaches encourage and everybody from athletes to business tycoons practice: determining what you want and the steps it might take to get there. Without goals, you can feel like you’re working hard and never getting anywhere.  Every journey has a […]

RIPP #46: IN SUPPORT OF WOMEN’S WORK

   From DEE JAE COX, CO-FOUNDER/PRESIDENT/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, LOS ANGELES WOMEN’S THEATRE PROJECT   ( If you don’t know what RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project is about, please click here (the original idea) and here (the evolution of that idea) to get some context before reading.)   “I’m sure you know the statistics, only 20 percent of plays that do […]

MUSINGS ON MOMENTUM

    “I used to be really into (fill in the blank).” That’s something I can say about a lot of things in my life—photography, running as a preferred form of exercise, making my own greeting cards, film seminars, a certain lecture series, chicken wings.  You probably have a similar list. And if we examine […]