Have you ever thought to yourself: what is a play? Who writes plays? Where do plays come from?
Or: okay, I think I want to write a play! Where do I start?
Join us, Sam Collier and Sarah Cho, as we dive deep into honest conversations about playwriting and theater. Every week, we will discuss plays we love, share helpful writing exercises, and interview guests to discover how we can all become better writers. Together.
We want to be a resource for anyone interested in writing plays and being part of a community.
Join us at Beckett’s Babies.
Sam Collier is a playwright, poet, and theater artist. Her plays include DAISY VIOLET THE BITCH BEAST KING (Winner of the 2019 Modern Works Festival at Urbanite Theatre), A HUNDRED CIRCLING CAMPS (developed through the 2017-18 Goodman Playwrights Unit), THING WITH FEATHERS (2019 Women’s Theatre Festival), and SILO TREE (2015 Iowa New Play Festival). Her other plays been presented by The Chicago Theatre Marathon, PTP/NYC, New Ground Theatre, Horse & Cart, Theater Nyx, and the UNESCO Cities Play Festival. Her poems have appeared in Claw & Blossom, What Rough Beast, Sixfold, Iron Horse Literary Review, The Puritan, Mortar Magazine, Liminal Stories Magazine, and elsewhere. Sam has taught writing with Interlochen Center for the Arts, Front Street Writers, Cornell College, Young Playwrights’ Theater, Imagination Stage, Indiana Repertory Theatre, and the University of Iowa. She is the recipient of a 2020 Bodwell Fellowship from the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, and she holds an MFA in playwriting from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. She lives in Maine.
Sarah Cho is a Los Angeles-based comedy writer and playwright. Her plays include Koreans Eat Dog, Life of the Experiment, Waiting for Mr. Rogers, Monopoly, Family Dinner, and Trich. Most recently, her play STAINS was developed as part of Moving Arts’ MADLab New Play Development and selected for Great Plains Theatre Conference. She is a recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship, the Richard Maibaum Playwriting Award, Kennedy Center’s Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award, and was recently named Associate Artist for Ashland New Plays Festival. After graduating from Iowa Playwrights Workshop, she went on to study improv comedy at iO West and Second City, as well as improvisational theater with Aretha Sills at Sills/Spolin Theater Works. She has performed at Green Gravel Comedy Festival, Laugh Riot Grrrl Festival, and written sketch comedy for LA Scripted Comedy Festival, the Sunday Sketch Show at formerly iO West, and LA’s topical news sketch show Top Story! Weekly at ACME Comedy Theater in Hollywood. She has been featured on ComedyCake, WhoHaHa and Funny or Die and written for various house sketch teams at the Pack Theater. You can catch her telling stories about her life at open mics all over LA when she’s not watching HBO. BA: UC Santa Barbara / MFA: Iowa Playwrights Workshop