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A podcast by two friends who met at Iowa Playwrights Workshop. Join hosts Sam Collier and Sarah Cho as they try to figure out playwriting. New episode every Monday👍 Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
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Hi listeners! In this episode, we chat with the one and only Playwright, Co-Founder and Managing Curating Producer of Black Lives Black Words International Project Reginald Edmund. Black Lives Black Words International Project launched an online play season celebrating the diversity of the African-American and African experience in today’s world called ‘Plays for the People’. The season features new works from seven cutting-edge black playwrights: Reginald Edmund, Chisa Hutchinson, Anya Pearson, Dominic Taylor, Idris Goodwin, Katrina D. RiChard, and Wole Oguntokun. The season opened on July 8th and will continue to run through November 8th, 2020. Learn more about Black Lives Black Words and be sure to catch a show this season at www.blacklivesblackwords.org/get-tickets To learn more about Reginald's plays, check out his New Play Exchange here: newplayexchange.org/users/632/reginald-edmund GLISTENS Sarah: Netflix’s Unsolved Mysteries Reginald: Amazon’s Homecoming, Amazon’s The Expanse, and We Buy Black - webuyblack.com/ Sam: VS podcast www.poetryfoundation.org/podcasts/ser…1/vs-podcast ________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies And as always, we would love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it in our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
We are excited for an all-new series where we look at the work of a single playwright and from their large body of work, we look at the first play they’ve ever written, a play from their mid-career, and the latest or the most recent play of their career.  In this first of what we hope to be many series, we discuss the life and work of August Wilson. We read the three plays Jitney, The Piano Lesson, and Radio Golf to discuss our thoughts and August Wilson's craft of playwriting. We hope you will check these plays out and join us! AUGUST WILSON PLAYS: 1. Jitney 2. The Piano Lesson 3. Radio Golf GLISTENS: Sarah's:  I hate fireworks. Sam's: Urgent Care + human touch _____________________________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies And as always, we would love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it in our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
Have you ever written an artistic statement? Every playwright, at some point in their career, has to write an artistic statement, or what others might call a “Manifesto”. Whether it be for a playwriting opportunity, or for your website, it might be good to have one in your arsenal ready to go. In this episode, we want to discuss what it is, what’s the purpose, why it may or may not be important, how you could approach to writing one, and questions to help you get started in thinking about what your artistic statement. GLISTENS: Sarah: Sarah Moved to a New Apartment Sam: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee HELPFUL LINKS: Tips for Writing Your Artistic Statement from the Playwrights Corner. www.larktheatre.org/blog/tips-writi…istic-statment/ “The Artist Statement - From Playwrights to Artistic Directors, This is What They Said…” from Theaterspeak www.theaterspeak.org/2013/08/the-ar…aywrights.html "What's Your Brand? Not Having One Is Hurting You" blog.finaldraft.com/whats-your-bran…-is-hurting-you ________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies And as always, we would love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it in our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
Based in Chicago, Tanuja Jagernauth is an Indo-Caribbean playwright, dramaturg, and ceramic artist who believes in the necessity of creation during times of destruction. We talked with Tanuja a few months ago about her theatrical work, and we have her back on to discuss her work organizing the response of Chicago theaters to the Black Lives Matter movement, the coronavirus pandemic, and this moment in time. She will be working on a musical adaptation of FAUST with Prop Thtr with Olivia Lilley as the director. They start a workshop in July and the production will be in the spring of 2021. Be sure to be on the lookout! GLISTENS: Sarah - Her postponed Wedding Tanuja - Google "racist statues Enya" Sam - Netflix's When They See Us Tanuja's Recommendations, References & Uplifts: WASTED by Free Street Theater www.eventbrite.com/e/free-street-t…ts-108725549044 "Victory Gardens Boards Windows Against Black Lives, Arts Community Protests Leadership" by Regina Victor rescripted.org/2020/06/08/victor…gardens-protests/ TransformHarm transformharm.org/ "It takes more than #OpenYourLobby to address racism in American theater" by Miranda Gonzalez www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/beyond…ipoc-theaters/ Brave Space Alliance www.bravespacealliance.org/ Chicago Freedom School chicagofreedomschool.org/ Let Us Breathe Collective www.letusbreathecollective.com/ ________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies And as always, we would love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it in our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
Hello, listeners. We hope you are well and staying safe. We are still processing what's happening in the country and the world. In this episode, we discuss some ways theaters are responding to the Black Lives Matter movement. One of which is #openyourlobby. The following theaters have opened their doors in response to the movement. This is not the complete list as more theatres may be opening their doors. Below is what we know so far. We would love to hear what you've experienced and noticing what other theaters are doing. NEW YORK MANHATTAN New York Theatre Workshop - first ART South Oxford Space IRT Theatre The Public Theatre Playwrights Horizons Atlantic Theater Company Signature Theatre Mabou Mines - www.maboumines.org New York Live Arts SubCulture Dixon Place EST Club Cumming: www.instagram.com/p/CBD_boKhlur/ MoMA PS1 MCC Theater Second Stage Theater Classic Stage Company partnership with Everyman Espresso Collapsable Hole NYU Skirball Soho Rep Cherry Lane Theatre BROOKLYN Bric Irondale Center Brooklyn Museum Cloud City Brooklyn Arts Exchange CALIFORNIA The Flight Deck (Oakland) San Jose Stage Aurora Theatre Company, Bay Area Children’s Center, & Berkeley Rep (Berkeley) Center Theatre Group (Culver City) The Music Center (LA) UCB LA WASHINGTON, DC Studio Theatre Woolly Mammoth Arena Stage Source Theatre 930 Club Keegan Theatre Shakespeare Theatre PENNSYLVANIA PHILADELPHIA Wilma Theater Underground Arts Kimmel Center PITTSBURGH Kelly Strayhorn Theater SEATTLE Arts West Playhouse PORTLAND, OR Portland Center Stage Shaking the Tree Theatre CHICAGO Chicago Dramatists The Den Goodman Theatre Steep AUSTIN Vortex Repertory Company HELPFUL LINKS/INFORMATION/RESOURCES/PLACES TO DONATE: blacklivesmatter.com/ blacklivesmatter.carrd.co www.gofundme.com/f/9v4q2-justice-…r-breonna-taylor www.gofundme.com/f/i-run-with-maud www.gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-tony-mcdade GLISTENS Sarah: Adopt-A-America crooked.com/articles/how-to-ado…ound-state-in-2020/ Sam: Sandra Bland ________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies And as always, we would love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it in our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
Hello listeners! We want to thank you all so much for your support so far this year. We are truly thankful to you all. We also want to acknowledge the pain and suffering that is happening in our communities. We hear, we understand, and we support everyone that has either donated and protested in support of #blacklivesmatter. Thanks for tuning in and we hope you will enjoy this episode. ___________________________________ Listeners! Boy, are you in for a treat. We discuss all-things playwriting with a fellow graduate of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop... Sean David DeMers! In this episode, we get into the ideas of memory. Sean shares with us memories of his childhood, how he first got into playwriting, and the importance of memory in his work. We even share some fond memories of the Workshop. We hope you will enjoy this very 'memory' themed show. Thank you! Sean David DeMers is a playwright with New England and New York City roots. Plays include FACULTY PORTRAIT, produced at IRT Theatre in New York City, the musical JULES VERNE'S FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON with FringeNYC, LITTLE BLUE PILL read at the Last Frontier Conference in 2019, and ENCAPSULATED produced by The Navigators as part of their one-act sci-fi play festival. Sean has two short plays published by Samuel French/Concord Theatricals, OFF TACKLE GLIDE and FOUR MOVEMENTS. Sean is a graduate of the Iowa MFA Playwright's Workshop and recently picked up a project started there with the play FAYE by translating and adapting the existing Ancient Greek plays, starting with the most obscure. GLISTENS: Sean - Live Concerts on Youtube, Huey Lewis and The News Sam - Protest and MN freedom fund $20 million in the past few days. Sarah - A childhood memory. To learn more about Sean and his work, be sure to check out his website: seandemers3.wixsite.com/seandaviddemers Also! Sean shared with us his favorite playwriting exercise. Go to our website www.beckettsbabies.com to learn more! ________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies And as always, we would love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it in our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
Hello, listeners! Boy, do we have a treat for you! This is an in-depth special episode where we had the greatest pleasure of chatting with one of our favorite people from Iowa... ART BORRECA! He is the Co-Head of the Playwriting Program and Head of the Dramaturgy Program at the University of Iowa (aka where Sam and I met and became friends!). Art talks about his journey into theater and dramaturgy, what he loves about new plays, and shares with us the Iowa Playwrights Workshop program. We are so excited for you to listen to this one. So please, grab your favorite drink, kick your feet up, and listen to this very special episode. Art Borreca is associate professor of dramaturgy, dramatic literature, and theatre history, co-head of the playwriting program, and head of the dramaturgy program. He has worked as a dramaturg with a number of leading theatre artists, including Athol Fugard, Wole Soyinka, Theodora Skipitares, David Gothard, and Naomi Wallace in such venues as the Yale Repertory Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, LaMama ETC, Oxford Stage Company in the U.K., and T.P.T (Theatre Project Tokyo) in Japan. His research interests include contemporary British and American theatre, new play dramaturgy, and political dramaturgy. His articles and reviews have appeared in TDR (The Drama Review), Modern Drama, and Theatre Journal; as well as in several books, including Dramaturgy in American Theatre, What is Dramaturgy? and Approaching the Millennium: Essays on Angels in America. Professor Borreca is a contributing editor of the two-volume Norton Anthology of Drama. GLISTENS: Sarah - Sinkholes Sam - American Shakespeare Virtual Tour americanshakespearecenter.com/vr/ Art - His students from his Post-Modern class. ________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies And as always, we would love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it in our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
As part of our new monthly play series, we pick a play to discuss and this month’s play is “The King of Hell's Palace" by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig. In this episode, we discuss what we noticed, what we liked, and questions that came up while reading the play. This play was also recommended to us by one of our listeners and we are so glad! Thank you, Mickey! Note: There are some spoiler alerts! We highly recommend you read the play before listening to this episode! SHORT SUMMARY: When the Henan Ministry of Health begins paying citizens for blood plasma which is then sold to pharmaceutical companies, impoverished farmers in the province's remote villages sell blood to buy fertilizer, mend their houses and create a better life for their children. As corrupt health officials cut costs to maximize profits, safety standards are ignored, bringing potential catastrophe to China's most vulnerable population. Inspired by true events, this gripping drama explores the conflicts that arise when a community's greatest source of capital becomes their own bodies. June's Play of the Month: "Power Plays" by Elaine May & Alan Arkin GLISTENS: Sarah's - Fred Willard's Death and its impact Sam's - Porcupines ___________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies And as always, we would love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it in our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
In this episode, Sam and Sarah discuss writing plays for the radio. We bring on a special guest, Nik Frank-Lehrer, to help us kick off the episode by sharing his experience on writing ad copy for radio. We also look at ways in how radio plays have been written and produced. Check out the links below and we'd love to hear your thoughts on writing radio plays.  If you have a page or two that you would like to share, please don't hesitate to send our way. Check this episode out! GLISTENS: Sam: How Should A Person Be? By Sheila Heti Sarah: Netflix’s Never Have I Ever ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO CHECK OUT: BBC’s Radio 4 Drama https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04xxp0g/episodes/player Spotify Playlist “Vintage Radio Dramas” https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DWZ8QVh1ew4PD The Renaissance of the Humble Radio Drama by ANGELICA CABRAL https://slate.com/technology/2017/07/radio-dramas-still-have-an-important-place-in-the-entertainment-world.html LA Theatre Works’s Catalog of Over 500 plays on Audio https://latw.org/catalog Sam Beckett Radio Plays on Openculture http://www.openculture.com/2015/05/hear-samuel-becketts-avant-garde-radio-plays-all-that-fall-embers-and-more.html Sam Beckett Radio Plays on Irish Times https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/samuel-beckett-radio-head-1.2524127 "The Strange Survival of Radio Drama" by Professor David Hendy (BBC) https://www.bbc.com/historyofthebbc/100-voices/radio-reinvented/the-strange-survival-of-radio-drama Playing On Air - Podcast Playing On Air is a radio program and podcast, dedicated to sharing great short theater with the public. Playing On Air brings contemporary plays and playwrights into the public space. https://playingonair.org/new-releases ________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies And as always, we would love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it in our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
Hello, listeners! In this episode, we chat with dramaturg, new play doula, and an incredible supporter of Beckett's Babies-- SHAUN LEISHER! He shares his journey into dramaturgy, what he loves about new plays, and how we can best support new work. It was an incredible joy to speak with Shaun. We could all learn a thing or two from his passion to support and advocate for new work. Check it out! Shaun Leisher (pronouns: he/him/his) is a dramaturg and new play doula based in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. As a dramaturg, he has worked on productions at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA and a workshop production of RAW PASTA by Maya Macdonald at the 2019 Ice Factory Festival at the New Ohio in NYC. In his local theatre community, Shaun is a co-founder and the Literary Manager of Emerge Theatre Company, co-created the Allentown Public Theatre's play reading series, Theatre Cafe, and has produced various readings and new play festivals throughout the region. He is also proud to be a reader/nominator r for a number of organizations dedicated to the advocacy and development of new work including: The Kilroys, Normal Ave, 50 Playwrights Project, and Play Penn. His dream is to one day run a theatre dedicated to bold new plays somewhere remote like Montana. To follow what Shaun's up to, be sure to follow him on instagram: www.instagram.com/shaunaturgy/ To read Shan's incredible play recommendations, be sure to check out his New Play Exchange: newplayexchange.org/users/1297/shaun-leisher GLISTENS: Sarah - Jack Johnson’s Kokua Festival Live from Home + Nik’s Happy Birthday Sam - Kamala Harris and Mark Warner Instagram Live: The art of a tuna sandwich: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgZjFjJPnVI Shaun - Theater communities creating despite the limitations + ESPN's "The Last Dance" ________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies And as always, we would love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it in our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
Hey listeners! We had the amazing opportunity to chat with the one and only Paul Michael Thomson. He is an actor, playwright, and co-artistic director of The Story Theatre. He had so much to say about playwriting, theater, and what it means to be an artist. We also got a chance to talk about his hilarious and page-turning play "The G.O.A.T., or Who Is Ximone?". Be sure to look out for it on New Play Exchange! Paul Michael Thomson is an actor, playwright, and co-artistic director of The Story Theatre in Chicago, IL. As an actor, he has worked with Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, and Windy City Playhouse, among others. His plays have been produced by Avalanche Theatre, The Impostors Theatre Company, Other Theatre, Arc Theatre, and The Story Theatre, of which he is a founding ensemble member. He holds a BFA in Acting and a BA in Africana Studies from The University of Arizona and is passionate about new work, intersectional feminism, and rereading the same books over and over and over again. To learn more about Paul Michael Thomson, be sure to visit his website www.paulmichaelthomson.com To learn about the amazing work The Story Theatre is doing, check out the website www.thestorytheatre.org ________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies And as always, we would love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it in our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
As part of our new monthly series, we pick a play to discuss and this month’s play is “Cost of Living" by Martyna Majok. It is the winner of 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama as well as two Lucille Lortel Awards, including Outstanding Play. In this episode, we discuss what we noticed, what we liked, and questions that came up while reading the play. Note: There are some spoiler alerts! We highly recommend you read the play before listening to this episode! SHORT SUMMARY: “Cost of Living deftly challenges the typical perceptions of those living with disabilities and delves deep into the ways class, race, nationality, and wealth can create gulfs between people, even as they long for the ability to connect. Eddie, an unemployed truck driver, and his estranged ex-wife, Ani, find themselves unexpectedly reunited after a terrible accident leaves her quadriplegic. John, a brilliant PhD student with cerebral palsy, hires Jess, a first-generation recent graduate who has fallen on desperate times, as his new aide..” GLISTENS: Sarah's Glisten: Originals by Adam Grant Sam's Glisten: Two Hong Kong Pandas https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/07/world/asia/panda-mating-hong-kong.html ___________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies And as always, we would love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it in our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
Hello, Listeners! WE ARE BACK! In this episode, we check-in, share our own personal goals and resolutions (and how we've failed already), and other exciting plans we have on the horizon for Beckett's Babies.  We want to extend special thanks to our listeners for tuning in every week. We appreciate your support!!! THANK YOU!!! GLISTENS: Sarah's Glistens - Essential Oils, Air Purifier, and Kobe Bryant. Sam's Glistens - Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com _____________________________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
Hello, listeners! It's been an incredible year of discussing all things playwriting and interviewing theater guests from all walks of life on Beckett's Babies. In this episode, we share some of our favorite interviews and highlights from the year. We even share some of our dream goals for guests on our future episodes... Dream Goal Guests. DGG! SEASON 1 HIGHLIGHTS - Episodes You Should Check Out If You Haven't! 1. Alison Ruth's Interview 2. Jenni Page-White's Interview 3. Micah Ariel James' Interview 4. Tanuja Devi's Interview 5. Chris Leyva's Interview But really, you should check out all the episodes! :) GLISTENS: Sam's Glistens - Rita's Quilt Sarah's Glistens - Netflix. Recommend John Leguizamo and Mike Birbiglia's specials. Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com _____________________________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies SEE YOU IN 2020! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
"Process is all." "The difference between an entrepreneur and artist is that the entrepreneur is focused on product, the artist is focused on process." "Every play teaches me what I need to make a new play." "Creativity and productivity are yin and yang." "We’re party planners, playwrights. We’re planning experiences. Experiences can not be captured and can not be recreated easily. They’re unique “you had to be there” experiences." MEGAN GOGERTY is not only laugh-out-loud hilarious but truly inspirational. Megan is a playwright, comedian, and delightful person. She just closed a run of her one-person show FEAST. at Riverside Theatre in Iowa City. Her other plays include Lady Macbeth and Her Pal Megan, Bad Panda, Hillary Clinton Got Me Pregnant, and Save Me, Dolly Parton. Her musical tribute album to the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer is widely available online. Megan was a Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow, is a WordBRIDGE alum, and earned her MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently teaches playwriting at the University of Iowa and is a regularly returning visiting faculty for the Playwright's Lab at Hollins University. Listen to this episode to hear Megan's hot take on creativity and productivity. It's freakin' wonderful. GLISTENS: Sam's Glisten - Hot Water Megan's Glisten - Secret Klondike bar Sarah's Glisten - Step Father becoming an American citizen ABOUT MEGAN GOGERTY Megan Gogerty is a playwright and comedian. Her solo show Lady Macbeth and Her Pal, Megan played the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and won the Audience Pick of the Fringe at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Her play Bad Panda (Theatre Without Borders, Beijing; Iron Crow Theatre Co.; WordBRIDGE Boomerang Playwright honoree) is published by Original Works Publishing and was translated into Spanish for a five-month run at Del Teatro Milan in Mexico City. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution listed her solo show Hillary Clinton Got Me Pregnant in their yearly Top Ten Best Plays. Megan’s musical drama Love Jerry was produced in the New York Musical Theatre Festival where it won three Talkin’ Broadway Citations and four NYMF Excellence Awards including Excellence in Writing (Book). Her ten-minute play Rumple Schmumple (Dramatic Pub.) was a Kennedy Center/National ACTF honoree. Other plays include: Housebroken (Riverside Theatre, Hollins University); Save Me, Dolly Parton (Riverside Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre; named among Best Plays in Atlanta by Creative Loafing). Her musical tribute album to the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer is widely available online. Megan was a Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow, a WordBRIDGE alum, and she earned her MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently teaches playwriting at the University of Iowa and is a regularly returning visiting faculty for the Playwright's Lab at Hollins University. To learn more about Megan Gogerty and her work, check out her website at www.megangogerty.com _____________________________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies And as always, we would love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it in our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
Writing non-human characters...Why do some playwrights bring non-human characters to life? What’s the draw? What do we achieve when we place human ideas, thoughts, and emotions into a non-human character? Is there a place for it in a serious adult drama? Find out in this episode as we attempt to figure it out! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it in our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com _____________________________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
"I really want theater to reach in and grab my heart and squeeze. I want to feel something when I’m sitting there." We love to interview playwrights! We love to hear how they discovered playwriting and how they found themselves on this journey into the world of playwriting. We had the immense pleasure to talk to Marisela Treviño Orta and we know you will enjoy this episode, listeners. Marisela is an accidental playwright. She got her MFA in poetry from the University of San Francisco. Graduate of Iowa playwrights workshop, core writer at the playwrights center, and is currently working on a commission for Audible! Her play "Somewhere", which was commissioned by Temple University, will open Feb 1st. GLISTENS: Sam's Glisten - Joy Harjo "Book of poems" Sarah's Glisten - InsideOut Writers Marisela's Glisten - sushi at Hamasaku in LA ABOUT MARISELA TREVIÑO ORTA Marisela Treviño Orta is an accidental playwright. Originally from Lockhart, Texas, she found her way to the genre while completing an MFA in Writing at the University of San Francisco (USF) where she studied poetry exclusively. While a student at USF, Marisela became the Resident Poet of El Teatro Jornalero!, a social justice theatre company comprised of Latinx immigrants. Marisela’s first play BRAIDED SORROW (2008 Su Teatro world premiere) won the 2006 Chicano/Latino Literary Prize in Drama and the 2009 Pen Center USA Literary Award in Drama. Her other plays include: AMERICAN TRIAGE (2012 Repertorio Español Nuestras Voces Finalist); GHOST LIMB (2017 Brava Theatre world premiere); HEART SHAPED NEBULA (2015 Shotgun Players world premiere); SHOE (2019 Kendeda Finalist); RETURN TO SENDER (2019 Nashville Children’s Theatre world premiere); and WOMAN ON FIRE (2016 Camino Real Productions world premiere). In 2011, she began writing her cycle of grim Latinx fairy tales—fairy tales for adults inspired by Latinx mythology and folklore which include: THE RIVER BRIDE (2013 National Latino Playwriting Award Co-Winner, 2016 Oregon Shakespeare Festival world premiere); WOLF AT THE DOOR (2016 Kilroys List, 2018/2019 National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere); and ALCIRA. Marisela is an alum of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, the Playwrights Foundation’s Resident Playwright Initiative, a founding member of the Bay Area Latino Theatre Artists Network, and a member of the Latinx Theatre Commons’ national Steering Committee. Last year she was selected as a Core Writer at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. Marisela is also a member of the Goodman Theatre's 2018/2019 Playwrights Unit. Currently, Marisela is working on a new cycle of worst-case scenario plays—sci-fi thriller plays which include WMB (pronounced “womb”) and NIGHTFALL which she has been commissioned by Audible to adapt for their platform. She is also adapting Charles Dickens’ Little Dorrit into a five-hour epic piece of theatre. Make sure to follow Marisela to learn more about her work and stay updated: twitter.com/mariselatorta _____________________________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies And as always, we would love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it in our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
“Give yourself the gift of working hard and doing the best that you can do in any given moment but taking away comparisons to other people and their work." We had such a great and fun conversation with actor, producer, solo performer, and arts educator Terri Weagant! Based out of Brooklyn, NY, she shared her experiences on performing and how she approaches new work. She will be performing the solo play Bo-Nita by Elizabeth Heffron at the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York City on November 6th and 9th, so make sure to check it out! Terri Weagant is an award winning actor, writer, director, producer and dialect coach based in Brooklyn, NY. As an actor she has performed in the US, Canada, Australia and the Czech Republic. Regionally, she worked with such companies as Asolo Repertory Theatre, Urbanite Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Wooden O, Annex Theatre, ACT Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Theater Schmeater, CHAC, Empty Space, Balagan Theatre, Centerstage, Hypnagogia and Consolidated Works. To learn more about Terri and her work, visit her website www.terriweagant.com/ _____________________________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies And as always, we would love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it in our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
39. Writing Monologues

39. Writing Monologues

2019-10-2836:08

What the heck are monologues? Don't get it confused with the "kissing disease". In this episode, we discuss the different kinds of monologues in plays, what are they for, what makes a good monologue for a play vs. a standalone monologue, how to write one and when do we use them in our plays. What do you think? Do you have any tips or tricks on writing monologues? If so, send us your thoughts (or questions)and we might discuss it on our upcoming episode! Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com _____________________________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
“We are all healthier when we live in a culturally diverse world. When there are more stories that are accessible to us when every voice is part of every cultural conversation. It’s not about excluding traditional voices. It’s about expanding the range of what people know is there.” If you are a playwright or someone who is just starting to write plays, then you must know the New Play Exchange. We had the pleasure of interviewing writer, innovator, and arts advocate, Gwydion Suilebhan. He serves as both the Executive Director of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and the chief architect and evangelist of the New Play Exchange for the National New Play Network. He is also a co-founder of The Welders, award-winning playwrights collective in Washington DC. He’s the author of several plays, and he has a Master of Arts in poetry from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. His forthcoming series All Souls is currently in post-production. To learn more about Gwydion and his work, you can visit the following links Website: www.suilebhan.com NPX Profile: newplayexchange.org/users/104/gwydion-suilebhan Or follow him on Twitter @GwydionS RELATED LINKS: Gwydion’s New Series “For All Souls” www.forallsouls.com/ Tanuja Jagernauth’s “Public Newsroom 124: Creating A World Beyond Racism and Fascism" on Nov 7th at City Bureau in Chicago. www.facebook.com/events/2446259125645248/ _____________________________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies And as always, we would love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it in our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com38. Interview with Gwydion Suilebhan --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
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