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 […]

FINAL RIPP POST #52: SEAN DANIELS, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR MERRIMACK REPERTORY THEATRE (FORMERLY ARTIST-AT-LARGE, GEVA THEATRE CENTER)

  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).   Before we begin, let’s congratulate Sean Daniels on his new appointment as Artistic Director of Merrimack Repertory Theatre!   And now, as […]

RIPP #51: CYNDY MARION, PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, WHITE HORSE 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 CYNDY MARION, PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, WHITE HORSE THEATER   “White Horse Theater Company is a very small not-for-profit off-off Broadway theater company […]

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 […]

RIPP #45: DEEN KEEGAN, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR. SOCIETY HILL PLAYHOUSE

    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 DEEN KEEGAN, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR. SOCIETY HILL PLAYHOUSE   “Over the past several years, the new plays we’ve done have each come in […]

DURING REJECTION SEASON, A REMINDER ABOUT PERSPECTIVE

    If fall is submission season, then spring inevitably becomes rejection season, as conferences and festivals fill their slots, and theaters choose their upcoming lineups.  It can be a discouraging time, as any playwright who plays the submission game knows, and the hardest thing about it can be remaining positive about the merits of […]

RIPP #44: PATRICK DOOLEY, FOUNDING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, SHOTGUN PLAYERS

    If you don’t know what RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project is about, please click here to get some context before reading.   From PATRICK DOOLEY, FOUNDING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, SHOTGUN PLAYERS   “What playwrights and directors need to do is find each other. Directors come to me and say ‘I want to direct for you,’ […]

TRADE A PLAY TUESDAY GUIDELINES

  TRADE A PLAY TUESDAY (#TAPT) IS STILL CURRENT AND HAPPENING AS LONG AS THIS NOTICE IS HERE. FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER @DONNAHOKE TO GET WEEKLY REMINDERS. ALSO FOLLOW @TRADEAPLAY.   Please remember, #TAPT is for short plays and scenes only. If you have full-length plays you’d like feedback for, please review the guidelines for […]

More productions… less time

Next weekend, I have Life Lines opening in Seoul with the Seoul Players, and two days later, Black and White opening with n.u.f.a.n. ensemble’s Table and Chairs Festival in Chicago (the latter was a result of the my recent binge; see previous post). Next month, Greater Good will be part of The Writer Speaks at Three […]

The Playwrights Binge

It’s September, which means it’s time for another biannual Playwrights Binge. The goal? Submit at least one play a day for the entire month. The beautiful thing about this is that during this time, Bingers share opportunities that they come across with the entire list. There are no worries about increasing competition or keeping all […]