What do you not know about playwriting?

The next two episodes of the podcast will be quite different. Instead of featuring one playwright with a reading and interview, we’ve assemble four early career playwrights and asked them what’s the one thing they’d most like to know about the business of playwright. What’s their burning question? In this post, I explain why.

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Episode 2.08: Patrick Gabridge, Mox Nox

Patrick Gabridge is Boston’s new play scene’s Mr. Everything. From penning commissioned site specific work in historical sites, to being the New England region’s Dramatists Guild rep, to creating the Playwrights Marketing Binge email list, Patrick is juggling a lot of balls at once. It’s fitting that his play Mox Nox is about sleight of hand. It’s a sci-fi blended family drama with stage magic in its origin.

Guest co-host Courtney O’Connor, Associate Artistic Director of the Lyric Stage, joins us to talk to about, well, everything. Commissioned work, career arcs, site specific work, fostering relationships, the long game of playwriting… And the need for fringe productions to court disaster and go for broke.

This episode is a LOT. Be here for it.

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Episode 2.07: Charlotte Meehan, Cleanliness, Godliness, and Madness: A User's Guide

Charlotte Meehan writes multimedia pieces that play with form and speak about today’s issues, but she insists it isn’t surreal but how she views the world. Her play Cleanliness, Godliness, and Madness: A User’s Guide is a prime example. Written to be performed by her company, Sleeping Weazel, it might seem like a broadside attack on Trumpism but it’s rooted in Meehan’s family history.

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Episode 2.05: Livian Yeh, Nightfall

We are now in a post Crazy Rich Asians world, people. On this episode we have not one but two but THREE Asian-American playwrights living in Boston between me, featured playwright Livian Yeh, and co-host Christina Chan. We talk about Yeh’s examination of Maoist China NIghtfall, Acupuncture, the architect Maya Lin, translating plays into Chinese, and the Asian-American Playwright Collective, which was co-founded by the three of us (and others).

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