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The Fall Three Show Preview:

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

Hello all you happy people.
Okay, I know it’s been really quiet in the Dojo the past month. I will probably not be able to post every day or even every other day for the next few months, more like once a week, but hey, what can I say? I have a […]

The Common Touch - The Problem With Theatre Today

Monday, August 28th, 2006

“Or to walk with Kings - nor to lose the common touch”
Rudyard Kipling
Man, I love doing theatre, I really do. I also hate it. I love it. I hate it. Right now, I hate theatre, but I love it, too.
It’s a strange place for a playwright to hang his hat, […]

Mother Courage - A Review

Thursday, August 17th, 2006

Hello children,
So I attended a preview performance of MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN last Friday night, presented by The Public Theatre in Central Park - it opens in a few days, and I wanted to share a few thoughts on the show in an early review.
First things first - I am well-known in […]

Who Serves Whom?

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

Great frigging discussion going on over at Parabasis called Who Serves Whom?
Check it out.

Oh, Me Pounding Head, Too Much Fun

Sunday, August 13th, 2006

What fun did I have this weekend!
On Friday night I attended the Public’s production of MOTHER COURAGE, which stars Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Austin Pendelton and also features my best friend, Ato Essandoh. More to report of the play later this week, but suffice to say I enjoyed the production muchly and then the […]

Pigfarm Day In The Blogsphere

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

Here’s the scoop, folks.
Fellow theatre blogger Isaac gathered up a bunch of us New York type o’ theatre bloggers to go see Greg Kotis’s new play PIG FARM, now running Off-Broadway via the Roundabout Theatre Company, and planned that we all present our review on Tuesday the 25th. That’s right. Today […]

The Last Gasp

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

I finished a new play a few weeks ago.
By finished I mean that I reached THE END. A play is never really finished or done; it’s just to the point where you are ready for folks to read it, hear it and hopefully even produce it. Then more writing work ensues, but […]

And While You’re Over Here, You Mind Grabbing That End Of The Couch?

Saturday, April 8th, 2006

I’ve just finished my newest play and handed it out a small group of select reader folk for feedback and what-have-ya, so I thought I’d take a moment to share with the younger white belt writers in the Dojo the PROTOCOL for handing out scripts and what to expect and appreciate from a reader / […]

It’s Like A Kick To The Head . . .

Sunday, April 2nd, 2006

Lloyd Dobler: Hey my brother, can I borrow a copy of your “Hey Soul Classics”?
J-Man: No, my brother, you have to go buy your own. - Say Anything…
So some of the more diligent members of The Dojo may have noticed that, for a playwright, Joshua James be not talkin’ ‘bout writin’ de […]

Truer words . . .

Monday, February 27th, 2006

“My character wouldn’t do that” - this was spoken to me last year by an actress in a workshop of a play of mine. I was frustrated, because now what happened in the play didn’t make as much sense all because an actress refused to do an action called for in the script. […]

Good To Be King . . .

Saturday, February 11th, 2006

At one point in time, the playwright was King - and here’s A (partial) list of reasons why it is good to be a playwright. May I say I concur with everything written there? Thanks to Matt Freeman for pointing this list out.