77. INTERVIEW: Jonathan Spector

Hello listeners! This week, we chat with Oakland-based playwright JONATHAN SPECTOR and learn about his remarkable journey into theater. We dig deep into his play “Eureka Day” as he shares his thoughts on playwriting. Be sure to read “Eureka Day” when it becomes available! We’re so excited for you to listen to this episode. Check…

76. INTERVIEW: Marina J. Bergenstock

Hello listeners! We are so excited for you to listen to this new episode of Beckett’s Babies! We had an amazing conversation discussing all-things theater and directing new work with the one and only MARINA J. BERGENSTOCK! LISTEN TO EPISODE 76. INTERVIEW: Marina J. Bergenstock HERE! Marina J. Bergenstock (she/her) is a director, dramaturg, performer,…

75. TOPIC: Notes, Notes, Notes… Oh My!

This episode is all about receiving and providing notes on our plays. What the heck do you do with all the feedback? What are some best practices when receiving notes? When is it useful? When is it not? Can notes be too prescriptive? Or could it be more prescriptive? We attempt to discuss by sharing…

74. INTERVIEW: Deborah Yarchun

Hello listeners! We are so excited for you to listen to this new episode of Beckett’s Babies! We had an amazing conversation discussing all-things playwriting with fellow Iowa playwright DEBORAH YARCHUN! Deborah Yarchun’s honors include two Jerome Fellowships at the Playwrights’ Center, a Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellowship, the 2020 Neukom Literary Arts Award for Playwriting,…

73. PLAYWRIGHT: Paula Vogel

We return to our Playwright Series where we look at a single playwright and their large body of work. We discuss plays from their early, mid-career, and the latest or most recent play of their career. In this episode, we discuss the life and work of Paula Vogel. We read the three plays: And Baby…

72. TOPIC: Understanding Writing Prompts

In this episode, we discuss some of the ideas behind writing prompt and playwriting exercises, our own personal experience with prompts, and share a few of our favorites. What do we look for in a prompt that makes for an effective, productive, creative writing exercises? Give this episode a listen and be sure to let…

71. PLAY: Power Plays by Elaine May & Alan Arkin

As part of our monthly play series, we pick a play to discuss and this month’s play is a collection of 3 one-act comedy plays called “Power Plays” by Elaine May and Alan Arkin. Instead of looking at the plays individually, we attempt to look at all 3 one-act plays together as it was intended…

70. INTERVIEW: Marjorie Muller

Hello listeners! We are so excited for you to listen to this new episode of Beckett’s Babies! We had an amazing conversation discussing all-things playwriting with playwright, actor, producer MARJORIE MULLER! In this episode, Marjorie shares how she got into playwriting, her tips and tricks, and we also chat about TikTok(uh oh!). We hope you…

69. PLAY: Sweat By Lynn Nottage

As part of our new monthly play series, we pick a play to discuss and this month’s play is “Sweat” by Lynn Nottage. In this episode, we discuss what we noticed, what we liked, and questions that came up while reading the play. Note: There are some spoiler alerts! We highly recommend you read the…