“Liking” on Facebook – Or Not

First, I read this article posted on Facebook by Tam Paquette https://medium.com/@schmutzie/i-quit-liking-things-on-facebook-for-two-weeks-heres-how-it-changed-my-view-of-humanity-29b5102abace I replied to her post – “I’m going to try it. Starting now. Thanks, Tam.” The following morning, within 30 seconds of logging on to FB, I accidentally “liked” something. I gasped out loud, and then quickly “unliked” it . Then I hoped no…

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Being a Fundraiser – Or Not

Sitting here drinking coffee in a lovely, quiet NYC morning, I am reading two articles in the Times about Broadway Productions, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/17/theater/rules-for-investing-in-a-broadway-production.html?emc=eta1 and http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/17/theater/on-broadway-today-a-name-above-the-title-isnt-that-hard.html?emc=eta1. Here’s the main gist of those articles – In the world of Broadway productions, 75% lose their entire investment, 25% make a profit, and the main job of a producer is…

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The Artistic Diaspora

In August of 2015, I will put all my belongings in storage in Staten Island, and buy a car and begin a one-year artistic journey I am calling “Caesura: An Art Tinker’s Journey.” I’ll stay with friends and collaborate with them on art projects. I’ll be a muse, a dramaturge, an editor, a coach –…

Recommendation: Don’t be so boring – by Anthony Neilson

http://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2007/mar/21/features11.g2 Don’t be so boring Anthony Neilson Anthony Neilson The Guardian, Tuesday 20 March 2007 Theatre is irrelevant to most of the population; audiences have been drifting away for decades. What is to be done? Playwright Anthony Neilson has a suggestion … I was part of a theatrical movement once. As with most movements, no…

Recommendation: How the World’s Most Frequently Rejected Playwright Survives written by Donald Drake

http://www.pdc1.org/viewthisarticle.php?article=8 Several years ago, I made a profound discovery that has enabled me to weather the storm of criticism, rejection and inevitable, transient depression that is the lot of so many playwrights. What I discovered was how to make rejection work for me. Since playwrights spend far more time dealing with rejection than watching their…

Recommendation: Bloodlines/Song Lines

http://www.howlround.com/bloodlinessong-lines?utm_source=HowlRound.com%27s+Email+Communications&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=f9aecda1d4-DAILY_RSS_EMAIL&utm_term=0_9ac5709e38-f9aecda1d4-45172181 Caridad Svich June 29, 2014 This text was originally delivered as the keynote address of the 6th annual Graduate Theatre Syndicate Symposium at Ohio State University “Position: The Power and Politics of Witnessing” on February 28, 2014 at OSU in Columbus, Ohio. One) The charge of the new underlines each act of writing for…