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…

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…

58. INTERVIEW: Shaun Leisher

Hello, listeners! In this episode, we chat with dramaturg, new play doula, and an incredible supporter of Beckett’s Babies– SHAUN LEISHER! He shares his journey into dramaturgy, what he loves about new plays, and how we can best support new work. It was an incredible joy to speak with Shaun. We could all learn a…

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…

20. INTERVIEW: Bella Poynton

Playwright, Ph.D. candidate and Artistic Director of The Navigators Theater Company, Bella Poynton, brilliantly shares with us her knowledge and love of theater on this week’s episode of Beckett’s Babies. Learn how Bella’s love for science fiction and search for truth lead her to not only seek a Ph.D. degree but to create her own…

19. TOPIC: Headlines! Headlines! Get Your Ideas Here!

Do you ever feel stuck and want to write something new but don’t know where to even begin? How could one even start generating ideas? Have no fear! Sam and Sarah look to news headlines of the week to brainstorm possible stories for a new play. Try it out yourself and tell us what you…

16. TOPIC: Endings End. The End.

Every play has an ending and in this episode, we try to understand what makes an ending work and memorable. LISTEN TO EPISODE 16: ENDINGS END. THE END. ————————————————————————————————— Please support Beckett’s Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies And as always, we would love…