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A Poor Player » Theatre Education - The Big Lies

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

Tom over at A Poor Player has a post up called Theatre Education Part 2 - The “Big Lies” and it is spot-on, as far as I’m concerned.
Tom outlines the 5 Big Lies about Theatre Education. You should read it . . . here’s an excerpt.
“But when you have students who invest […]

Producer-Landlords

Monday, August 13th, 2007

I just want to call attention to a post by Garrett On Producer-Landlords, which he got from Bloomberg, which I think we should be discussing much more (if the subject be theatre, anyway).
I have always thought it seems a bit hinky, how some of those houses work . . .
I remember a […]

Plays As People -

Friday, August 10th, 2007

The Lovely and talented SHEILA CALLAGHAN has a post up describing her plays as human beings with whom she has or has had relationships with.
And she suggests other playwrights do it as well . . . count me fracking down!
Note: These aren’t real people, they don’t exist for real in my life, and any […]

Hmmm, let’s talk civility, shall we?

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

I’m curious, my friends . . .
There’s been some scuffles on the theatre blogs, of which I absolutely admit I played a part.
And probably ended up looking like an ass, as a result, as I outlined here.
To repeat my karate teachers mantra, over on the right:

“When people see two guys fighting, they […]

Hick With A Master’s Degree: Starving the Local Artist

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

A total kick-ass post about theatre called Starving the Local Artist.
Hat-tip to Mac

Specious As Ya Wanna Be . . .

Monday, July 30th, 2007

The following post is aimed at a narrow audience, but I had to get it off my chest.
Homer: Well, there’s not a bear in sight. The Bear Patrol is sure doing its job.
Lisa: That’s specious reasoning, Dad.
Homer: Thank you, sweetie.
Lisa: Dad, what if I were to tell you that this rock keeps away tigers.
Homer: […]

The Script’s Not Ready or She Must Have Had a Bad Breakup

Monday, May 28th, 2007

One of the fine writers over at WORKING GROUP has posted a great piece about scripts in development called The Script’s Not Ready or She Must have had a bad breakup
Here’s an excerpt:
“Now, the script is not a sentinent being, it didn’t tell you it wasn’t ready- didn’t take you in the corner like a […]

Guidelines . . .

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

Theatre Director, playwright and Boston Blogger The Mirror up to Nature left a comment about Guidelines on my post Playwright As An Adult Who Can Chew Bubble Gum, Walk & Do Other Things, Too a couple days ago that I felt was due even more notice so I present it for the Dojo here […]

Plight Of The American Playwright

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

Keeping with the theme of my previous post . . .
The U.K.’s Guardian has an absolutely awesome article entitled Plight of the Young American Playwright in which they explain, basically, that it sucks in America as a playwright and you don’t get paid and no one’s really interested in your work, they’d rather import […]

The Playwright Turned Screenwriter . . .

Monday, April 30th, 2007

This is from last fall, and I apologize for not recognizing it sooner, but Malachy Walsh has a chat with a playwright turned professional TV / Film writer in the LitDept: 5: The Playwright and it’s a must read - here’s a money quote:
“Theatre is like the long legged girl I used to be in […]

Playwright As An Adult Who Can Chew Bubble Gum, Walk & Do Other Things, Too

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

As an add-on to the below post, in which Richard Nelson speaks about the subject of playwrights being hurt by those trying to “help”, I thought I’d offer up this rant about directing, writing, and little bit about class and ownership . . .
Many times when my scripts have been presented either as workshops, […]