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Things Playwrights Do That I Love

Originally posted on Bitter Gertrude:
Sometimes I open a play and see something that makes me feel like this: Here’s what you do that makes my heart sing as I’m reading the plays in my stack. Are these subjective? Sure.…

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How I staged my impossible-to-stage short play

I’ve written a series of short plays that are damn near unstageable. The dialogue is opaque to the point of meaninglessness, many roles would be impossible to cast (cats and kittens, anyone?), and the stage directions contain descriptions of action … Continue reading

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This is what schizophrenia *really* looks like

There’s this video that’s gone viral, and I can see why. It’s baffling, it’s disturbing, and I watched it several times. I found a transcription of this guy’s rant, and cleaned it up a little. I’ll post that below. But … Continue reading

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The power of a good thank-you note

I was a reader for the Inkwell Festival last year, and to celebrate finally completing the first round of reading 500+ plays (!), they forwarded us some of the thank-you notes they got from playwrights. These thank-you notes were wonderful: … Continue reading

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Don’t pay to submit your plays

The other day, I got involved in an argument on a LinkedIn group about fees for playwrights to submit their plays. I think that playwrights should not have to pay fees to submit their plays. Yes, I know that festivals … Continue reading

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How to find theaters who will love your plays

Do you want to get more productions, with less heartache and less money wasted on postage and printing? Target your submissions carefully. Here’s how to do it. I’ve posted a bunch of ideas about this in the category How to … Continue reading

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Welcome to our newest follower!

Roxana Arama, thank you for following Playwright’s Muse! Everyone, you should look at Roxana’s blog, at She writes about history, using history in your writing, and growing up in Romania.

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It worked! — a better scene from reading each character’s dialog

So, maybe you remember that I’ve been posting about a dialogue-editing technique I learned about at the Dramatists Guild conference back in August. I read through my play “How to Kill a Cactus,” and read only one character’s lines. Even … Continue reading

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Why waste time? Start out strong!

I went to a play reading the other night. The playwright has a lot of experience, has gotten awards, has gotten work produced around the country. So I was surprised at how weak the play was, given the playwright’s experience … Continue reading

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Damn! I’ve become a better playwright

I have this play, “How to Kill Cactus,” that I thought was the crown jewel of my plays. It’s the most complete, the most ready-for-production play I’ve written. I was heartbroken when I suddenly saw the problems in it, and … Continue reading

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