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Required Reading: Richard Nelson’s Address to ART/NY

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

Courtesy of Mr. Excitement, we have here:
Richard Nelson’s Address to ART/NY
And I find that it’s very spot on with what I’ve experienced and witnessed.
Great excerpt, here:
“The profession of playwright, the role of the playwright in today’s American theater, I believe, is under serious attack. Some who attack are simply greedy, […]

Why Old Plays Bore The Sh*t Outa Me!

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Okay, well, I haven’t gotten yelled at in awhile, so I might as well drop this one . . .
Interesting post in screenwriters scribeosphere, one that rang a big bell in my head.
John August, screenwriter (Go, Big Fish, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory) and newly minted director (The Nines, unless he changes […]

Three Things To Rule Us All . . .

Monday, March 12th, 2007

Not that I WANT to add to the Edward Albee furor that has almost flamed out over the web, which if you’re unfamiliar with, you can update here and here . . . I left a few comments at various places and then had to fly out west . . . there were many things […]

Oh, Oh Sheila . . .

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Congratulations are in order for playwright most excellent SHEILA CALLAGHAN who just won the Susan Smith Blackburn Award!
The award is given to female playwrights and this year was shared among four, of which the lovely Sheila is the sole American.
I’m very pleased for her, Sheila is an awesome talent and a good person, to […]

Edward Albee Kicks Ass

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Okay kids, MANDATORY read, an interview with Edward Albee, playwright most excellent, he of the THREE Pulizter prizes, just go HERE . . .
My favorite part?
We have no paucity of good young playwrights, and good older playwrights; we don’t have the happiest environment for them to work in. Like in the art […]

Insight for Playwrights - the Joshua James Interview

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

For those with a subscription, I am interviewed in the March issue of Insight for Playwrights !
Insight for Playwrights is a monthly trade magazine for and about, of course, playwrights, and features information on playwrighting awards and contests, theatres seeking plays, etc.
If you are a playwright, it’s quite affordable (only $35 a year!) […]

It’s Hard Out Here For a Playwright . . . To Find An Agent . . . Even When You Got An Emmy

Friday, February 16th, 2007

It’s tough to get an agent as a playwright starting out . . . actually, it’s tough to get an agent even when you’re fairly established.
But I never would guess that, if someone won an Emmy for writing CHEERS, that someone would have any trouble getting a theatre agent to rep him. […]

REPOST - Let Me Explain My Concept For Your Play

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Originally posted November 8th, 2005. With the debate that rages currently regarding development hell for plays, it feels even more applicable today, so I share it again - jj
This is also a true story.
The first short plays I ever wrote are called -
A MAN, A […]

Laura’s Bastard Poem #001

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

Most excellent Playwright Laura Axelrod has written a poem most wonderful, which is entitled :
Bastard Poem #001
Click and see, but I have to post part of it here, because me likey so much . . . it’s just too awesome . . .
A theater company that doesn’t include writers
and doesn’t perform new plays
is […]

Loved In Public

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

Hello folks,
Again I find myself with much to say and very little time to blog and share with all of y’all in the Dojo. My apologies and, if Buddha smiles upon us, I should have some VERY interesting tales to tell you about my recent adventures. Actually, Buddha smiles upon everyone regardless […]

Richard Nelson, Can We Clone You?

Saturday, October 14th, 2006

I’m swamped, but when I heard about this via the ever dependable Mr. Excitement, I had to share it with my dojo-monkeys.
Playwright Richard Nelson, as noted by Mr. Excitement, has just finished his first year in charge of the Yale Playwrighting Program and has written an excellent article in the Dramatists Guild Magazine […]