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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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Hello,  listeners! In this week’s episode, we revisit the topic of rewriting. In our first season, we shared our own experiences on how we approach rewriting our plays. But this time-- we want to hear what other playwrights had to say and posted this question on Twitter: Playwrights: How do you know if your new draft of a play is going to be better than the previous draft? How do you know if you're making the right edits? Is it all trial and error or instincts? So curious to know your thoughts! GLISTENS Sarah: Youtube Channel "Catch Em All Fishing" + Chinese Mermaids https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/china-mermaid-diving-cmd/index.html Sam: 2nd shot ____________________________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode with 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   Theme Music: "Live Like the  Kids" by  Samuel Johnson, Laura Robertson, Luke O'Dea (APRA) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
Every month, we pick a play to discuss and this month’s play is "Kim's Convenience" by Ins Choi. To make it even more interesting... we also watched the TV version of the play! We discuss what we noticed, what we liked, and questions that came up while reading the play AND seeing the pilot episode of the show. Note: There are some spoiler alerts! We highly recommend you read the play before listening to this episode! GLISTENS: CHO - Paderia Bakery SAM - The Only Donut ____________________________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode with 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      Theme Music: "Live Like the Kids" by  Samuel Johnson, Laura Robertson, Luke O'Dea (APRA) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
HAPPY 100TH EPISODE, LISTENERS! For those who've been with us from the beginning, we can't thank you enough for going on this journey with us. For those who just recently learned of the show, welcome and thank you! We appreciate all your support and always tuning in. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.  We wanted to celebrate our 100th episode by bringing onto a show another fellow theater-loving playwright and podcaster... It's BRIAN JAMES POLAK! Brian was born and raised in New Hampshire and currently resides in Chicago. When not writing plays, he can be found working as the producer and host of American Theatre magazine's "The Subtext," a podcast about what makes playwrights tick. He received his MFA in Dramatic Writing from the University of Southern California, School of Dramatic Arts. We're so fortunate to chat with him and listeners, buckle in because Brian is an incredible storyteller. You're not going to want to miss this episode! GLISTENS Sarah: Happy Birthday, Nik! Sam: The Night Watch by Sarah Waters Brian: Reconnects with his Little Brother from the Big Brother organization after 20 years! ________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode with your friends, or follow us on Instagram and 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 Theme Music: "Live Like the Kids" by  Samuel Johnson, Laura Robertson, Luke O'Dea (APRA) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
Hello, listeners! In this week’s episode, we are here to discuss the topic of Writing Groups. Have they been helpful? When is it helpful? When is it not? Are they effective in getting you that next rewrite? A lot of questions to answer so be sure to tune in.  We also shared on our Twitter page these questions so be sure to check out what other playwrights are saying! https://twitter.com/BeckettsBabies/status/1382579230991536133 GLISTENS Sarah - It was my birthday and I celebrated... I'm 32. Sam - Recallers! ____________________________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode with 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  Theme Music: "Live Like the Kids" by  Samuel Johnson, Laura Robertson, Luke O'Dea (APRA) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
Do you ever feel stuck and want to write something new but don't know  where to even begin? How could one even start generating ideas? Have no fear! Sam and Sarah look to images and art to brainstorm possible stories for a new play. Try it out yourself and tell us what  you thought about the exercise! Visit our website at www.beckettsbabies.com to follow along with us! GLISTENS   Cho: Cobra Kai on Netflix Sam: Vaccine! Special Thanks to Our New and Current Supporters to the Podcast! Tanuja Devi Jagernauth Daniel Olivas Thank you so much for your continue support in us and the show.  We appreciate you all so much! _____________________________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode with your friend! 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 The Theme Music: "Live Like the Kids" by  Samuel Johnson, Laura Robertson, Luke O'Dea (APRA) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
Hello, listeners! In this week's episode, we decide to throw our usual script out the window and share our thoughts on playwriting and theater in this mix-bag of an episode. We discuss what's on our minds regarding theater and writing. You just don't know what you're going to get in this episode, so we hope you enjoy it!  GLISTENS  Sam: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell  Sarah: Moving Arts / MADlab  _____________________________________________  Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode with your friend!  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    The Theme Music: "Live Like the Kids" by  Samuel Johnson, Laura Robertson, Luke O'Dea (APRA) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
We return to our Playwright Series where we look at a single playwright and their large body of work. In this episode, we discuss the life and work of SARAH RUHL. We read the three plays: Melancholy Play (2001), The Clean House (2004), and For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday (2017)  to share our thoughts on Sarah Ruhl's craft in playwriting. We hope you will check these plays out and listen to our conversation! SARAH RUHL PLAYS: Melancholy Play (2001) The Clean House (2004) For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday (2017) GLISTENS: Sam's: Cascatelli pasta invented by Dan Pashman of the Sporkful, heard on Planet Money Sarah's: Lack of sleep.... but hey! Got the first dose of the vaccine whoo!... so maybe that's why I'm having trouble sleeping. _____________________________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode with your friend! 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   T heme Music: "Live Like the Kids" by  Samuel Johnson, Laura Robertson, Luke O'Dea (APRA) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
Hello, listeners! This week, we will be discussing a topic on writing resumes and CV. What is the difference between the two? Why is it important? Should we even have different versions? What should be on there? What do we add on our resumes specifically for a writer? What does that look like? A lot of questions so be sure to listen in!  GLISTENS  Sarah - Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar  Sam - Lost tourist in Bangor 1977 Erwin Kreuz  ____________________________________________  Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode with 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  Theme Music: "Live Like the Kids" by  Samuel Johnson, Laura Robertson, Luke O'Dea (APRA) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
Hello  listeners!  This week’s guest on the show is DANIEL OLIVAS! Daniel Olivas is the author of nine books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. His first full-length play, Waiting for Godínez, was selected for the Playwrights' Arena 2020 Summer Reading Series. Daniel was selected for Circle X Theatre Co.'s inaugural Evolving Playwrights Group where he is adapting his 2011 novel, The Book of Want, with a planned Zoom reading in 2021. By day, he is an attorney and makes his home in Southern California with his wife. To learn more about Daniel, check out the links below! Website: http://danielolivas.com New Play Exchange: https://newplayexchange.org/users/35649/daniel-olivas Twitter: https://twitter.com/olivasdan GLISTENS: SAM: "H is for Hawk" by Helen Macdonald CHO: Decomposition Notebooks DANIEL: Playwrights Arena and Circle X Theatre / Film "United States Vs. Billie Holiday" written by Suzan-Lori Parks ________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode with your friends, or follow us on Instagram and 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 Theme Music: "Live Like the Kids" by  Samuel Johnson, Laura Robertson, Luke O'Dea (APRA) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
Every month, we pick a play to discuss and this month’s play is "Fairview" by Jackie Sibblie Drury. 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!  GLISTENS:  CHO - Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee  SAM - Pablo Neruda’s odes   ____________________________________________  Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode with 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   Theme Music: "Live Like the Kids" by  Samuel Johnson, Laura Robertson, Luke O'Dea (APRA) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
We return to our Playwright Series where we look at a single playwright and their large body of work. In this episode, we discuss the life and work of CARYL CHURCHILL. We read the three plays: Owners (1972), Cloud Nine (1979), and Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp (2019)  to share our thoughts on Carol Churchill's craft in playwriting. We hope you will check these plays out and listen to our conversation!  CARYL CHURCHILL PLAYS:  Owners (1972)   Cloud Nine (1979)  Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp (2019)  GLISTENS:  Sam's: Alaska Bear Bites Woman's Butt  Sarah's: New Netflix docuseries called “Crime Scene the Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel”  _____________________________________________  Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode with 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.comFor more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com   Theme Music: "Live Like the Kids" by  Samuel Johnson, Laura Robertson, Luke O'Dea (APRA) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
This episode is all about LOVE for all you lovebirds (or singles) out there in this special 'very on-theme' episode. We share our general thoughts about writing love, and why is it so cringy? How do we make it fresh and not clichéd? Can we even avoid writing about love? We also share some different types of love and some of our favorite plays that we think do an incredible job writing on this love.  And should we rename this show to Shepard's Babies? Because Sarah is way too obsessed with Sam Shepard....  GLISTENS  Sarah - BRITNEY SPEARS  Sam - Sam's mom  ____________________________________________  Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode with 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.comFor more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com Theme Music: "Live Like the Kids" by  Samuel Johnson, Laura Robertson, Luke O'Dea (APRA) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
Every month, we pick a play to discuss and this month’s play is "The Flick" by Annie Baker. 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! RELATED LINKS: The Funny, Empathetic Genius of Annie Baker by Sarah Larson https://www.newyorker.com/culture/sarah-larson/the-funny-empathetic-genius-of-annie-baker GLISTENS: Sam - "The Intuitionist" Novel by Colson Whitehead Sarah - "310, 213, 818: Why Southern California is obsessed with area codes" by Patt Morrison https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-01-26/why-southern-california-is-obsessed-with-area-codes ____________________________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode with 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
Listeners! We are back for Season 3! Did you miss us??? Just admit it. You missed us! In this episode, we check-in and share what's new on the horizon for Beckett's Babies. Next week, we’ll be discussing the play “The Flick” by Annie Baker for February’s Play of the month. So give it a read, let us know what you think, and we can’t wait to discuss. GLISTENS: Sarah: musical duo Pomplamoose Sam: The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld ________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode with   your friends, or follow us on Instagram and 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 Theme Music: "Live Like the Kids" by  Samuel Johnson, Laura Robertson, Luke O'Dea (APRA) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
Hello listeners!  This week’s guest on the show is ANDY BOYD! Andy Boyd is a playwright based in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. His play The Trade Federation, or, Let's Explore Globalization Through the Star Wars Prequels is available through NoPassport Press, and his play Three Scenes in the Life of a Trotskyist is available as a podcast. To learn more about Andy and his work, be sure to visit his website at https://www.andyjboyd.com/ Also, follow Andy and his cartoons on Instagram @AndyJBoyd! GLISTENS: Sarah: "I had a dream I was in the theater and I started to cry." Sam: Vaccines! Andy: Japanese City Pop ________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode with your friends, or follow us on Instagram and 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
Hi Listeners... This week is our last episode of Season 2! Also known as our year of the terrible twos... How do we feel about that?! We might be a couple of two-year-old podcasters but boy, did we have such an incredible year of spectacular guests on the show! If we had the time, we would highlight every guest of the season. Instead, we highlight just a few and we hope you will check out the full episodes if you haven't already. For the full episodes of the interviews mentioned on our show, check out the links below! Interview with Reginald Edmund Interview with Tanuja Jagernauth Interview with Paul Michael Thomson Interview with Marina J. Bergenstock Interview with Dr. Lisa Quoresimo Special thanks and shoutout to our wonderful listener supporter Tanuja Jagernauth. Thank you, Tanuja!!! Please be sure to follow her! ________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Instagram and 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
This week, we’re doing a topic episode led by a returning guest on the show. You may know him from our previous episodes. It’s Ryan!  Ryan Oliveira is a playwright, performer, songwriter, and theatrical jack-of-all-trades currently living in Chicago. His work has been developed with Teatro Vivo, Pride Films and Plays, Prop Thtr, and others. He'll be developing a "re-vamped original work" with The New Colony in Chicago later next year and is currently working on new songs and a new novel during a long-needed theatre break. Ryan returns to discuss a special topic in the songwriting process: What it means to write a song for theatre, for yourself, for anything else. Ryan shares his own personal history with songwriting and techniques and tricks he’s learned that work for him and may work for you. Ryan's Songs "What Brother Should Be" "Oh, Mercury" To learn more about Ryan and his work: Website: www.ryanoliveira.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/ryanoceronte NPX: https://newplayexchange.org/users/8029/ryan-oliveira Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-222040529 GLISTENS: Sarah: The Cure "Just Like Heaven" / “Alchemy of Herbs” by Rosale De La Foret Sam: Joni Mitchell "Cactus Tree" / Worlds Healthiest Foods Veggie Advisor Ryan: Goo Goo Dolls "Iris" & Zac Brown Band "Colder Weather / Plane Crash Tests ________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode with  your friends, or follow us on Instagram and 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 Theme Music: "Live Like the Kids" by  Samuel Johnson, Laura Robertson, Luke O'Dea (APRA) --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
Hello listeners!  This week’s guest on the show is Kevin Kautzman! Kevin is a playwright originally from North Dakota, living in Minneapolis, whose work has been performed around the UK and the US. Kevin first studied playwriting at the Royal Court Theatre in London and has been a fellow at the Playwrights' Center and Michener Center for Writers, where he completed his MFA in playwriting and screenwriting. He is the co-founder of Cut Edge Collective, an experimental playwriting group, and can be found at kevinkautzman.com. To learn more about Kevin, be sure to check out the additional links below: Kevin's Play Moderation: https://moderationplay.com/ New Play Exchange: https://newplayexchange.org/users/121/kevin-kautzman Podcast: https://getthispodcast.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/kevinkautzman GLISTENS: Cho: Queen’s Gambit on Netflix Collier: YPIP young playwrights in process, Indiana Rep Kevin: Norwegian Band "Ulver" / Band "Have A Nice Life" ________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode with your friends, or follow us on Instagram and 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!  This week’s guest on the show is Alex Lin. Alex is an award-nominated Asian-American playwright and ex-STEM kid from Bergen County, New Jersey. Her plays have been workshopped and produced at the Women's Theatre Festival, The Rude Mechanicals in Washington, and Actors Theatre of Louisville's Professional Training Company. She is this year’s 2020 Pass the Pen nominee at Ashland New Play Festival and ScreenCraft Stage Play Quarterfinalist. Lin is also a content creator and journalist at A24 Films' space media company Supercluster, where she's written editorials featuring former astronaut Nicole Stott, NASA executive Kathy Lueders, screenwriter Mark Heyman, and actor Cathy Ang. Most recently, Lin was seen as "#11" in The Wolves at Actors Theatre of Louisville. To learn more about Alex and read her work, be sure to visit her New Play Exchange here. https://newplayexchange.org/users/32657/alex-lin GLISTENS: Cho: DEMOCRACY WINS!! / Unsolved Mysteries Season 2 Episode 4:“Tsunami Spirits" -- The Ishinomaki Tsunami & Ghost Sightings Collier: Kamala Harris!!!! Alex: Election / CBD  ________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode with your friends, or follow us on Instagram and 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’re starting something new and exciting. If you’ve been enjoying our show -- be sure to sign-up for our new monthly newsletter. Visit our website at www.beckettsbabies.com to sign up for our newsletter today.  This week’s episode is a “PLAYBACK” episode with our interview with Sean David DeMers.  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. Keep listening to find out why you should throw away your first ten plays! We loved talking to Sean, who is incredibly cheerful and funny, probably because he takes so many naps. You won’t be disappointed! End of this year, we’ll play old favorites from the year. Thanks for listening! ________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode with your friends, or follow us on  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
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