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#RETIRETHISLINE RECAP

    A few weeks ago, in the midst of reading submissions, I started a mini-tweetfest of lines that should be eliminated from plays entirely. With a hashtag of #retirethisline, I sent out a bunch of tweets, and encouraged some others. Because Twitter is fast and furious and they were easy to miss, I thought […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 #41: JAZ DORSEY, DRAMATURG, CO-FOUNDER/MANAGING DIRECTOR SPIRAL THEATRE STUDIO

    If you don’t know what RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project is about, please click here to get some context before reading.   From JAZ DORSEY, DRAMATURG, CO-FOUNDER/MANAGING DIRECTOR SPIRAL THEATRE STUDIO   “I actively look for things and if I see something I like, I go after it. I end up partnering with the […]

RIPP #40: RON PELUSO, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, HISTORY THEATRE

  If you don’t know what RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project is about, please click here to get some context before reading.   From RON PELUSO, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, HISTORY THEATRE   “Read theater mission statements and see how you might be a fit.  As a theater that produces new work, I’m always happy to entertain ideas […]

RIPP #39: SPENSER DAVIS, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, HOBO JUNCTION

    If you don’t know what RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project is about, please click here to get some context before reading.   From SPENSER DAVIS, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, HOBO JUNCTION   “As a young playwright myself, I understand firsthand how daunting it can be to write for the stage. Let’s be honest: on the surface, […]