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…

#Women in Theater

I just read Theresa Rebeck’s article “Broadway in Review” in the recent special issue of The Dramatist. It’s concise, clear and to the point – and one of the fine points she makes is that women are grossly under-represented on Broadway – on the page and on the stage. Yet I am currently curating the…

Meaning and Messages

I recently watched a program on TV – “POV’s High Tech, Low Life”, in which a blogger named Zola made this statement, “Readers with short attention spans like me just want to know six things about an incident – time, place, character, cause, development and conclusion. I let readers figure out the meaning for themselves.”…

Discontent and the “Cure”

Many of us in the theatre, in major urban areas, are scrabbling out a living, and practicing our craft – creating solo shows, and plays and other works of art. Those of us in NYC have chosen one of the most competitive places in the world to call our homes – we are surrounded by…