66. PLAYWRIGHT: August Wilson

We are excited for an all-new series where we look at the work of a single playwright and from their large body of work, we look at the first play they’ve ever written, a play from their mid-career, and the latest or the most recent play of their career. In this first of what we…

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….

62. INTERVIEW: Sean David DeMers

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 a fellow cohort of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop program… Sean David DeMers! In this episode, Sean shares with us memories of his childhood, how he first got into playwriting,…

61. INTERVIEW: Art Borreca (Special Episode!)

Hello, listeners! Boy, do we have a treat for you! This is an in-depth special episode where we had the greatest pleasure of chatting with one of our favorite people from Iowa… ART BORRECA! He is the Co-Head of the Playwriting Program and Head of the Dramaturgy Program at the University of Iowa (aka where…

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…

47. PLAY: Dance Nation by Clare Barron

As part of our new monthly series, we pick a play to discuss and this month’s play is “Dance Nation” by Clare Barron! It is one of the winners of the 2015 relentless award, a finalist for a Pulitzer, and winner of Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. In this episode, we discuss what we noticed, what…

46. Interview with Tiana Randall-Quant

What is “devised theater”? How can one start devising new work? In this week’s episode, a fellow Beckett’s Babies listener, Tiana Randall-Quant, reached out to us to share her experiences creating new work with The Wallis Studio Ensemble Their show “Lucid” opens on February 20th and we can’t wait for you to hear what she…

2. INTERVIEW: Go Where You Are Invited with Playwright Ryan Oliveira

Playwright, Songwriter, Solo Performer, and Theatrical Jack-of-All-Trades Ryan Oliveira joins us in this episode of Beckett’s Babies to discuss his newest play “Soccer Player in the Closet”, his writing process, his approach to collaboration, and many more. Join us as we all try to figure out playwriting. Episode 2: Ryan Oliveira’s Favorite Playwriting Exercise Follow…