NETWORKING AND FOLLOW-UP, or “I submit like you said; what else?”

  In my blog post, How To Submit So Your Plays Get Produced (recently recorded as a Dramatists Guild webinar!), I talk a lot about getting your work out here. And why it is so important because you’re not only showing people that you’re consistently in the game, not a hobbyist but a serious contender, […]

#PLONY PROFILE #11: KAREN ZACARIAS, WASHINGTON DC

  What is a/are #PLONY? Find out here, and also read an explanation as to why I’m writing a series of #PLONY Profiles.   From the time I started the #PLONY (Playwrights Living Outside New York) series, I wanted to interview Karen Zacarias. Not surprisingly, her busy schedule—which includes not just continual productions across the […]

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 […]

PLAYWRIGHTS AND THE STATE OF PERPETUAL HOPE

  If you clicked on this title, you know what I’m talking about. It’s the thing that makes us obsessively check our email because, at any moment, an acceptance could arrive—and what if we don’t see it immediately? The thing that makes us cough up fees—maybe even against our better judgment—because that opportunity could lead to […]

WHAT I LEARNED FROM INTERVIEWING 10 SUCCESSFUL #PLONY (Playwrights Living Outside New York)

  After completing 10 #PLONY (Playwrights Living Outside New York) interviews with Eric Coble, William Missouri Downs, Lauren Gunderson, Michael McKeever, EM Lewis, Aditi Brennan Kapil, Don Zolidis, Catherine Trieschmann, Topher Payne,  and Tammy Ryan, I summed up the commonalities I observed in the careers of these successful playwrights:   What I Learned from Interviewing […]

#PLONY PROFILE #10: TAMMY RYAN, PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA

    Tammy Ryan born and raised in Astoria, Queens, left to go to college, and, despite having New York roots, officially became a #PLONY when she wrote her first play as a theater major at the University at Buffalo (UB) and had it produced in the back room of Nietzsche’s bar. The Francesca Primus […]

#PLONY PROFILE #9: TOPHER PAYNE, ATLANTA, GEORGIA

  Last week, I marveled at how different every #PLONY’s journey has been; make that triple for Topher Payne. You know how when an actor finally breaks through and everybody asks “Where has he been?” and the answer is toiling away, learning his craft, waiting for the moment when his hard work is noticed? That’s […]

#PLONY PROFILE #4: MICHAEL MCKEEVER, DAVIE, FLORIDA

  What is a #PLONY? Find out here, and also read an explanation as to why I’m writing a series of #PLONY Profiles.   In June, at the CityWrights Conference in Miami, Dramatists Guild Western Florida Regional Representative Dewey Davis-Thompson left briefly to attend the world premiere of Michael McKeever’s DANIEL’S HUSBAND at Island City Stage […]

#PLONY PROFILE #3: LAUREN GUNDERSON, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

  What is a #PLONY? Find out here, and also read an explanation as to why I’m writing a series of #PLONY Profiles.   While a New York playwright is a New York playwright, there are many stripes of #PLONY. Lauren Gunderson lives in San Francisco, a thriving theater arena and new play incubator to be […]

#PLONY PROFILE #2: WILLIAM MISSOURI DOWNS, MIDDLE-OF-NOWHERE, WYOMING

   What is a #PLONY? Find out here, and also read an explanation as to why I’m writing a series of #PLONY Profiles.   Here are my two encounters with William Missouri Downs prior to doing this interview: 1) Naked Playwriting, his book, was the first I ever picked up on the craft. 2) When I […]