I've made a post on my other blog, The Lark's Nest, about sex on stage. Explicit content/NSFW.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative, Steven Epperson, Literary Manager for Impact Theatre talks about things that turn him off when reading a play. One of those things is too many stage directions. Among other things, he says "Having line after line after line after line of stage directions interrupts the … Continue reading Stage directions: threat or menace?
When engaging in public feedback sessions after a reading of my plays or scenes, I follow a nearly invariant rule: never respond to a note other than to say "thank you" or to write it down (and yes, I really do write it down, not my shopping list). I've only broken it when I've felt … Continue reading Never say “no” to a note
My fourth full-length play My Visit to America (MVTA) is in revision. (My third play, The Beginning of Grammar, is also in revision, but it is not the subject of this post.) Last month, I took the opening nine pages -- about 10 minutes -- of Act II of MVTA to my playwriting group's scene … Continue reading What a difference a direction makes
Despite it taking much work and having long gestation periods, I work almost entirely in full-length works of 70 minutes (70 is the new 90) to 2 hours. While I've written three 10-minute plays - one of which was produced by the Playwrights' Center of San Francisco - I don't find them fulfilling to write … Continue reading Next!
In The Economist is an article on politeness in English (subscription apparently now required) and in other languages around the globe. This is - well not quite timely; I've been working on the first draft of this play for over three years - of interest to me in the alternate history play I've been working … Continue reading Politeness in dialog
After my dismissal of Chekov's law, the next phrase I'd love to see disappear from playwriting feedback sessions is Write What You Know. I put that in all caps because if you've ever heard this at a feedback session you know it is delivered as a lecture from on high - you can hear the … Continue reading Write what you don’t know
Some theatre Web sites are not particularly playwright-friendly. There is some very basic information theatre Web sites need to contain to attract the playwrights and plays they want and keep unsuitable ones away.
You know the law, the one that says (approximately) if you introduce a gun in the first act then it has to go off by the third. Get rid of it. Now!