#PLONY PROFILE #5: EM LEWIS, MONITOR, OREGON

  Full disclosure: I’ve slept with E. M. Lewis. But long before we triple-bunked at the 2013 Dramatists Guild Conference (she’s the former New Jersey rep), she’d been a role model to me for her work, work ethic, tenacity, success, and—most of all—generosity of time and spirit. These days, she’s busier than ever, and I […]

#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 […]

#365GRATEFULPLAYWRIGHT: A YEAR OF WHAT MAKES IT ALL WORTHWHILE OCTOBER/PART ONE

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 reasons why we’re so loyal to this sometimes discouraging […]

#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 […]

#PLONY PROFILE #1: ERIC COBLE, CLEVELAND, OHIO

    What is a #PLONY? Find out here, and also read an explanation as to why I’m writing a series of #PLONY Profiles.   When I first conceived this series, Eric Coble was one of the first #PLONY to come to mind, not only because he has actually had a play—THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN—produced […]

#365GRATEFULPLAYWRIGHT: A YEAR OF WHAT MAKES IT ALL WORTHWHILE AUGUST/PART TWO

  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 reasons why we’re so loyal to this sometimes […]

MY NEW SERIES: SUCCESS AND PLAYWRIGHTS LIVING OUTSIDE NEW YORK CITY (#PLONY)

  You really need to move to New York. You’ve heard that, right? I don’t live in New York City; is my playwriting career doomed? Sometimes, it seems that way—or at least seems as though others feel that way. Recently, on a panel of six playwrights, the five before me all introduced themselves, “I’m First […]