In this episode, I’ve assembled four self-identifying early career playwrights, Jackie Davis, David Fristrom, James Wilkinson, and Sharisse Zeeronian. I’ve had each of them come prepared to ask the one burning question they have about the business of playwriting. To help answer them, I’ve assemble a panel of experts: Ilana Brownstein of Company One, playwright Patrick Gabridge, and Boston Playwrights Theatre’s Kate Snodgrass. The conversation that ensues I hope will be a valuable resource to playwrights of all experience levels. It contains much of the information that I wish I had 15 years ago. Part 1 of 2.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
This month we are talking to Manuel Lopez, a bilingual Boston playwright by way of the Dominican Republic, Washington Heights, and Lawrence. His play Morir Soñando introduces us to El Cuco, a Latin American boogeyman/trickster type which Lopez intertwines into the lives of a group of friends.Read More
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).Read More
The newly retired high school drama teacher and playwright John Minigan is this month’s featured playwright, bringing his O’Neill Award finalist Queen of Sad Mischance. Carrying over from last month’s episode is the mini-theme of women slowly losing their mind and the caretakers who, well, have to take care of them. In this case, its a renowned feminist academic with a decaying mind and the student of color who comes in to help her finish her book before it’s too late. In the interview we talk Shakespeare, academia, Centastage’s Write On! program, and more. And do we break down Massachusetts High School Drama Festivals from the early ‘90s? Yes, yes we do.Read More