65. TOPIC: Writing Artistic Statements

Have you ever written an artistic statement? Every playwright, at some point in their career, has to write an artistic statement, or what others might call a “Manifesto”. Whether it be for a playwriting opportunity, or for your website, it might be good to have one in your arsenal ready to go. In this episode,…

63. Theaters Response to Black Lives Matter

Hello, listeners. We hope you are well and staying safe. We are still processing what’s happening in the country and the world. In this episode, we discuss some ways theaters are responding to the Black Lives Matter movement. One of which is #openyourlobby. The following theaters have opened their doors in response to the movement….

59. TOPIC: Writing Radio Plays

In this episode, Sam and Sarah discuss writing plays for the radio. We bring on a special guest, Nik Frank-Lehrer, to help us kick off the episode by sharing his experience on writing ad copy for radio. We also look at ways in how radio plays have been written and produced. Check out the links…

54. TOPIC: Writing Character Descriptions

In this episode, Sam and Sarah discuss writing character descriptions. We share examples of character descriptions from different plays and look at how we can be inspired to write for our own work. Check this episode out and share us your thoughts on how you approach to writing descriptions for your characters! LISTEN TO EPISODE…

51. TOPIC: Plagues and Pandemics in Plays

Hi, Listeners. We’re all going through a crisis and this pandemic has been on all our minds. Initially, we wanted to talk about Lauren Yee’s play “Ching Chong Chinaman” but instead, we decided to talk about plagues, pandemics, and outbreaks that exist in plays and popular culture. We hope everyone is hanging in there. We…

50. TOPIC: “Let’s Talk Comedies”

An ongoing series about understanding comedies, welcome to “The Comedy Club”. In this first part of “possibly many part” series, Sarah dives into what she thinks about comedy and her love/hate relationship with it. In this episode, we introduce the series by asking ourselves why we laugh, what is happening on stage or on the…

48. TOPIC: Creating Play Titles

In this episode, Sam and Sarah discuss creating titles for our plays. We share some of our favorite titles and discuss why we like certain play titles and why we do not like others. We look at how we create titles for our own work and be inspired by others. Check this episode out and…

42. TOPIC: Writing Non-Human Characters

Writing non-human characters…Why do some playwrights bring non-human characters to life? What’s the draw? What do we achieve when we place human ideas, thoughts, and emotions into a non-human character? Is there a place for it in a serious adult drama? Find out in this episode as we attempt to figure it out! LISTEN TO…

39. TOPIC: Writing Monologues

What the heck are monologues? Don’t get it confused with the “kissing disease”. In this episode, we discuss the different kinds of monologues in plays, what are they for, what makes a good monologue for a play vs. a standalone monologue, how to write one and when do we use them in our plays. LISTEN…