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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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"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 WritersMarisela's Glisten - sushi at Hamasaku in LAABOUT MARISELA TREVIÑO ORTAMarisela 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: @beckettsbabiesAnd 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--- 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: @beckettsbabiesAnd 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--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
39. Writing Monologues

39. Writing Monologues

2019-10-2800:36:08

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.comFor 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 linksWebsite: www.suilebhan.comNPX Profile: newplayexchange.org/users/104/gwydion-suilebhanOr follow him on Twitter @GwydionSRELATED 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: @beckettsbabiesAnd 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.com38. Interview with Gwydion Suilebhan--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
37. Writing Playwright Bios

37. Writing Playwright Bios

2019-10-1400:41:58

At some point, playwrights will have to write their biographies. Whether it be for a personal website or to submit themselves to a development opportunity, or even when writing a program for a produced play-- We discuss why we have to write bios, why do we write them the way we do, and can we make them better.We attempt to break this code, let us know if we succeeded or not!Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode.Email: contact@beckettsbabies.comFor 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’re an artistic weed. We crop up anywhere there’s a room and a couple of people to tell a story. We’re never going to go away."We had the pleasure of interviewing playwright and coordinator of the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Dawson Moore. He shared incredible stories from his life and how it's lead him to where he is today. He provides us some insight into how he curates the play lab for this week-long theater conference. He’s also an actor, director, and internationally produced playwright and we know you're going to enjoy this episode, folks! Check it out!Dawson Moore lives in Valdez, Alaska, where he works for Prince William Sound College as the Coordinator of the Valdez Last Frontier Theatre Conference (www.theatreconference.org). His plays have been produced across the country, as well as internationally in Australia, Canada, Italy, and Namibia. His play Six Dead Bodies Duct-Taped to a Merry-Go-Round, co-written with Lindsay Mariana Walker, is published in Applause Books' Best American Short Plays 2010-2011. Since 2002, he's produced the play-in-a-day Alaska Overnighters 2-3 times yearly in Anchorage, Alaska, in collaboration with TBA Theatre. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America and the National Theatre Conference (obviously). For more about the Overnighters and his other work, visit www.dawsonmoore.com_____________________________________________Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabiesAnd 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--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
35. Submission Fees

35. Submission Fees

2019-09-3000:36:33

A hot topic issue for so many playwrights. We look at the fees to different development opportunities and weigh the pros and cons.HELPFUL LINKS: Dramatists Guild - DG Statement: Festival Guidelines www.dramatistsguild.com/news2/"TO PAY FEES OR NOT TO PAY FEES… HERE IS MY ANSWER " by Donna Hoke http://blog.donnahoke.com/finally-my-take…sion-fees-ymmv/Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.comFor 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
“From your own community, you can create opportunities for yourself.“New York-based writer and actor Amy Berryman joins us on this episode to share her experience with playwriting and creating new work. It was such a pleasure to have her on the show! Amy shares how she started writing and provides wonderful advice to aspiring playwrights. We hope you'll enjoy this conversation!Amy Berryman is a writer and actor originally from Seattle. She was recently seen off-Broadway in The Convent by Jessica Dickey, directed by Daniel Talbott. Her full length plays include Walden (Premiere Play Festival Runner Up 2019, Title Wave Theatre Festival at Bay Street, Great Plains Theatre Conference), The New Galileos (O'Neill Finalist 2019, Playwrights Realm Fellowship Finalist 2018) Three Year Summer, and The Whole of You (commissioned by Rising Phoenix Rep for Cino Nights). Her work has been developed with Portland Stage, Premiere Stages, Nomad Theatricals, Caltech, Prop Thtr, and Last Frontier Theatre Conference. Her short film "You Are Everywhere" won "Best Short Drama" in the LA Short Film Festival 2018.To learn more about Amy and her work, visit her website amy-berryman.com_____________________________________________Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabiesAnd 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--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
How do we teach playwriting? How do we teach writing in general? In this episode, we discuss what we think are best practices, writing exercises, approaches to workshopping students' new plays, and how do we grade creative work.If teaching playwriting is something you're passionate about or interested in discussing, we'd love to hear from you!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
Playwright, Dramaturg, Ceramic Artist and former Acupuncturist Tanuja Jagernauth join us on this episode to share her truth on theater and supporting communities through the arts. She also explores the ideas from her current research on fascism to write anti-fascist plays. What an important conversation we all had in this episode. She's incredibly thoughtful, generous, and open to sharing her life with us. We enjoyed having her on the show! We know you'll enjoy this episode too!Tanuja Jagernauth is an Indo-Caribbean playwright, dramaturg, and ceramic artist who believes in the necessity of creation during times of destruction. A former acupuncturist, Tanuja aspires to practice four specific frameworks for collective liberation and wellness through theatre: self/community care, harm reduction, trauma-informed practice, and body positivity.To learn more about Tanuja and her work, follow on Instagram @tanuja_devi_____________________________________________Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabiesAnd 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--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/beckettsbabies/support
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