TEN REASONS YOU SHOULD BE WRITING TEN-MINUTE PLAYS

  Every so often, on Official Playwrights of Facebook, a debate erupts about the merits of the ten-minute play. Naysayers contend that there’s no such thing as a ten-minute “play”; it’s an exercise, it’s not real writing, it’s a sketch, and so on. Proponents counter that a good (and they do acknowledge that, as with […]

“YOU WANT OUR UNPRODUCED TEN-MINUTE PLAYS WHY?”

  THE TREND TOWARD WANTING (NEEDING?) UNPRODUCED TEN-MINUTE PLAYS: FACTS, FICTION, AND REASON   As with most blog posts I write that aren’t part of a regular series, this one came about because this topic has reached fever pitch among playwrights. Ten-minute play festivals are ubiquitous and have been for some time; in fact, on […]

HOW I GOT EIGHT FULL-LENGTH PRODUCTIONS THIS YEAR

  If there’s anything I’ve noticed, it’s that playwrights keep their marketing methods extremely close to the vest. I’ve often asked “So how did that production come about?” only to have the question ignored (sometimes repeatedly), or answered “Oh, I’m persistent,” when I want—what we ALL want—is specifics. My Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project (RIPP—all […]

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 #43: JUNE BALLINGER, EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, PASSAGE THEATRE COMPANY

  If you don’t know what RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project is about, please click here to get some context before reading.   From JUNE BALLINGER, EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, PASSAGE THEATRE COMPANY   “We actually just changed our submission process [Passage no longer accepts unsolicited submissions] as we get so many submissions, we simply do not […]

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 […]

RIPP #8: JEFFREY SANZEL, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, THEATRE THREE

  For an explanation of RIPP: Real Inspiration for Playwrights Project, click here.   FROM JEFFREY SANZEL, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, THEATRE THREE   “Our Mainstage is committed to commercial works, but the festival on our Second Stage is a place of art.  We have produced everything from comedies and dramas to experimental works, as short as […]

Insight for Playwrights interview

Today, the August 2012 issue of Insight for Playwrights came out, featuring a longer version of this interview: http://stageways.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/interview-donna-hoke/ I was also asked yesterday to participate in a very cool project for the 2013-2014 theater season. In celebration of Road Less Traveled’s 10th season, the theater is compiling an anthology of ten-minute plays by local […]