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A podcast by two friends who met at Iowa Playwrights Workshop. Join hosts Sam Collier and Sarah Cho as they try to figure out playwriting. New episode every Monday👍
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A podcast by two friends who met at Iowa Playwrights Workshop. Join hosts Sam Collier and Sarah Cho as they try to figure out playwriting. New episode every Monday👍
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42. 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! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it in our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com _____________________________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies
40:06
November 18, 2019
41. Interview with Marisela Treviño Orta
"I really want theater to reach in and grab my heart and squeeze. I want to feel something when I’m sitting there." We love to interview playwrights! We love to hear how they discovered playwriting and how they found themselves on this journey into the world of playwriting. We had the immense pleasure to talk to Marisela Treviño Orta and we know you will enjoy this episode, listeners. Marisela is an accidental playwright. She got her MFA in poetry from the University of San Francisco. Graduate of Iowa playwrights workshop, core writer at the playwrights center, and is currently working on a commission for Audible! Her play "Somewhere", which was commissioned by Temple University, will open Feb 1st. GLISTENS: Sam's Glisten - Joy Harjo "Book of poems" Sarah's Glisten - InsideOut Writers Marisela's Glisten - sushi at Hamasaku in LA ABOUT MARISELA TREVIÑO ORTA Marisela Treviño Orta is an accidental playwright. Originally from Lockhart, Texas, she found her way to the genre while completing an MFA in Writing at the University of San Francisco (USF) where she studied poetry exclusively. While a student at USF, Marisela became the Resident Poet of El Teatro Jornalero!, a social justice theatre company comprised of Latinx immigrants. Marisela’s first play BRAIDED SORROW (2008 Su Teatro world premiere) won the 2006 Chicano/Latino Literary Prize in Drama and the 2009 Pen Center USA Literary Award in Drama. Her other plays include: AMERICAN TRIAGE (2012 Repertorio Español Nuestras Voces Finalist); GHOST LIMB (2017 Brava Theatre world premiere); HEART SHAPED NEBULA (2015 Shotgun Players world premiere); SHOE (2019 Kendeda Finalist); RETURN TO SENDER (2019 Nashville Children’s Theatre world premiere); and WOMAN ON FIRE (2016 Camino Real Productions world premiere). In 2011, she began writing her cycle of grim Latinx fairy tales—fairy tales for adults inspired by Latinx mythology and folklore which include: THE RIVER BRIDE (2013 National Latino Playwriting Award Co-Winner, 2016 Oregon Shakespeare Festival world premiere); WOLF AT THE DOOR (2016 Kilroys List, 2018/2019 National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere); and ALCIRA. Marisela is an alum of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, the Playwrights Foundation’s Resident Playwright Initiative, a founding member of the Bay Area Latino Theatre Artists Network, and a member of the Latinx Theatre Commons’ national Steering Committee. Last year she was selected as a Core Writer at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. Marisela is also a member of the Goodman Theatre's 2018/2019 Playwrights Unit. Currently, Marisela is working on a new cycle of worst-case scenario plays—sci-fi thriller plays which include WMB (pronounced “womb”) and NIGHTFALL which she has been commissioned by Audible to adapt for their platform. She is also adapting Charles Dickens’ Little Dorrit into a five-hour epic piece of theatre. Make sure to follow Marisela to learn more about her work and stay updated: twitter.com/mariselatorta _____________________________________________ 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 to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it in our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com
45:22
November 11, 2019
40. Interview with Terri Weagant
“Give yourself the gift of working hard and doing the best that you can do in any given moment but taking away comparisons to other people and their work." We had such a great and fun conversation with actor, producer, solo performer, and arts educator Terri Weagant! Based out of Brooklyn, NY, she shared her experiences on performing and how she approaches new work. She will be performing the solo play Bo-Nita by Elizabeth Heffron at the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York City on November 6th and 9th, so make sure to check it out! Terri Weagant is an award winning actor, writer, director, producer and dialect coach based in Brooklyn, NY. As an actor she has performed in the US, Canada, Australia and the Czech Republic. Regionally, she worked with such companies as Asolo Repertory Theatre, Urbanite Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Wooden O, Annex Theatre, ACT Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Theater Schmeater, CHAC, Empty Space, Balagan Theatre, Centerstage, Hypnagogia and Consolidated Works. To learn more about Terri and her work, visit her website www.terriweagant.com/ _____________________________________________ 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 to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it in our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com
51:26
November 4, 2019
39. 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. What do you think? Do you have any tips or tricks on writing monologues? If so, send us your thoughts (or questions)and we might discuss it on our upcoming episode! Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com _____________________________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies
35:19
October 28, 2019
38. Interview with Gwydion Suilebhan
“We are all healthier when we live in a culturally diverse world. When there are more stories that are accessible to us when every voice is part of every cultural conversation. It’s not about excluding traditional voices. It’s about expanding the range of what people know is there.” If you are a playwright or someone who is just starting to write plays, then you must know the New Play Exchange. We had the pleasure of interviewing writer, innovator, and arts advocate, Gwydion Suilebhan. He serves as both the Executive Director of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and the chief architect and evangelist of the New Play Exchange for the National New Play Network. He is also a co-founder of The Welders, award-winning playwrights collective in Washington DC. He’s the author of several plays, and he has a Master of Arts in poetry from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. His forthcoming series All Souls is currently in post-production. To learn more about Gwydion and his work, you can visit the following links Website: www.suilebhan.com NPX Profile: newplayexchange.org/users/104/gwydion-suilebhan Or follow him on Twitter @GwydionS RELATED LINKS: Gwydion’s New Series “For All Souls” www.forallsouls.com/ Tanuja Jagernauth’s “Public Newsroom 124: Creating A World Beyond Racism and Fascism" on Nov 7th at City Bureau in Chicago. www.facebook.com/events/2446259125645248/ _____________________________________________ 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 to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it in our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com38. Interview with Gwydion Suilebhan
46:55
October 21, 2019
37. Writing Playwright Bios
At some point, playwrights will have to write their biographies. Whether it be for a personal website or to submit themselves to a development opportunity, or even when writing a program for a produced play-- We discuss why we have to write bios, why do we write them the way we do, and can we make them better. We attempt to break this code, let us know if we succeeded or not! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com _____________________________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies
41:09
October 14, 2019
36. Interview with Dawson Moore
“We’re an artistic weed. We crop up anywhere there’s a room and a couple of people to tell a story. We’re never going to go away." We had the pleasure of interviewing playwright and coordinator of the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Dawson Moore. He shared incredible stories from his life and how it's lead him to where he is today. He provides us some insight into how he curates the play lab for this week-long theater conference. He’s also an actor, director, and internationally produced playwright and we know you're going to enjoy this episode, folks! Check it out! Dawson Moore lives in Valdez, Alaska, where he works for Prince William Sound College as the Coordinator of the Valdez Last Frontier Theatre Conference (www.theatreconference.org). His plays have been produced across the country, as well as internationally in Australia, Canada, Italy, and Namibia. His play Six Dead Bodies Duct-Taped to a Merry-Go-Round, co-written with Lindsay Mariana Walker, is published in Applause Books' Best American Short Plays 2010-2011. Since 2002, he's produced the play-in-a-day Alaska Overnighters 2-3 times yearly in Anchorage, Alaska, in collaboration with TBA Theatre. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America and the National Theatre Conference (obviously). For more about the Overnighters and his other work, visit www.dawsonmoore.com _____________________________________________ 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 to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it in our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com
41:29
October 7, 2019
35. Submission Fees
A hot topic issue for so many playwrights. We look at the fees to different development opportunities and weigh the pros and cons. HELPFUL LINKS: Dramatists Guild - DG Statement: Festival Guidelines www.dramatistsguild.com/news2/ "TO PAY FEES OR NOT TO PAY FEES… HERE IS MY ANSWER " by Donna Hoke http://blog.donnahoke.com/finally-my-take…sion-fees-ymmv/ Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.comFor more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com _____________________________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies
35:44
September 30, 2019
34. Interview with Amy Berryman
“From your own community, you can create opportunities for yourself.“ New York-based writer and actor Amy Berryman joins us on this episode to share her experience with playwriting and creating new work. It was such a pleasure to have her on the show! Amy shares how she started writing and provides wonderful advice to aspiring playwrights. We hope you'll enjoy this conversation! Amy Berryman is a writer and actor originally from Seattle. She was recently seen off-Broadway in The Convent by Jessica Dickey, directed by Daniel Talbott. Her full length plays include Walden (Premiere Play Festival Runner Up 2019, Title Wave Theatre Festival at Bay Street, Great Plains Theatre Conference), The New Galileos (O'Neill Finalist 2019, Playwrights Realm Fellowship Finalist 2018) Three Year Summer, and The Whole of You (commissioned by Rising Phoenix Rep for Cino Nights). Her work has been developed with Portland Stage, Premiere Stages, Nomad Theatricals, Caltech, Prop Thtr, and Last Frontier Theatre Conference. Her short film "You Are Everywhere" won "Best Short Drama" in the LA Short Film Festival 2018. To learn more about Amy and her work, visit her website amy-berryman.com _____________________________________________ 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 to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it in our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com
44:01
September 23, 2019
33. How Do We Teach Playwriting?
How do we teach playwriting? How do we teach writing in general? In this episode, we discuss what we think are best practices, writing exercises, approaches to workshopping students' new plays, and how do we grade creative work. If teaching playwriting is something you're passionate about or interested in discussing, we'd love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com _____________________________________________ Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies
34:13
September 16, 2019
32. Theater is Life-Shifting with Tanuja Jagernauth
Playwright, Dramaturg, Ceramic Artist and former Acupuncturist Tanuja Jagernauth join us on this episode to share her truth on theater and supporting communities through the arts. She also explores the ideas from her current research on fascism to write anti-fascist plays. What an important conversation we all had in this episode. She's incredibly thoughtful, generous, and open to sharing her life with us. We enjoyed having her on the show! We know you'll enjoy this episode too! Tanuja Jagernauth is an Indo-Caribbean playwright, dramaturg, and ceramic artist who believes in the necessity of creation during times of destruction. A former acupuncturist, Tanuja aspires to practice four specific frameworks for collective liberation and wellness through theatre: self/community care, harm reduction, trauma-informed practice, and body positivity. To learn more about Tanuja and her work, follow on Instagram @tanuja_devi _____________________________________________ 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 to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it in our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com
1:09:22
September 9, 2019
31. When is Self-Promotion Too Much?
As playwrights and writers, we must be able to talk about ourselves and our work. In this episode, we get into the idea of self-promotion... the good, the bad, and the ugly. _____________________________________________ 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 to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com
33:12
September 2, 2019
30. Write and Don't Judge What You Write with John Mabey
Playwright, improviser and mental health counselor John Mabey joins us on this episode to discuss all things playwriting, theater, improv, and more. John is a listener of the show who reached out to us and we wanted to reach back to bring him on show!  John began writing plays as a child before he knew that’s what he was doing. He’s spent the past 10 years living in New York, London and Amsterdam and now lives in the American South. He studied human behavior, emotion and relationships by earning a master’s degree in Counseling and Psychology, and infuses into his playwriting everything he’s learned about what it means to be human. In addition to plays, he also publishes in academic books and journals on the topics of sexual identity and spirituality. In playwriting, John enjoys experimenting with structure and uses improvisation as a way to generate creative ideas as well as its own art form. He now teaches and performs improvisation around the world with ensembles and as a solo act, and is a regular performer in true storytelling events. Last year, John co-authored a play that was produced in Amsterdam titled, The B Word, which had a successful 2-week run and multiple sold-out performances. Next month his short play, The Most Brave Girl In The Whole Wide World, is included in the Los Angeles play festival ‘A Light In Dark Places’ at the Stella Adler Theatre. Follow John on Instagram @jmabey to learn more! _____________________________________________ 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 to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com
45:25
August 26, 2019
29. Sam Interviews Sarah
Sam interviews Sarah Cho.... and you won't believe what she says! Or maybe you do but... listen anyways! Thanks so much for listening to our show! We are a two-woman operation in creating this podcast show. Please help to 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 to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com
30:51
August 19, 2019
28. Sarah Interviews Sam
Sarah interviews Sam Collier.... and you won't believe what she says! Find out next week when Sam interviews Sarah. Stay tuned! We are a two-woman operation in creating this podcast show. Please help to 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 to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com
31:45
August 12, 2019
27. Plays that Haunt Us
What are the plays that have haunted you? In this episode we discuss plays that we have seen or read that’s stucked with us long after they’ve been seen or read. The plays can also be the ones you haven’t written yet and are stewing in your mind or the ghost-twins of the plays you have written or even bad plays you’ve seen. We attempt to unpack these ideas to think about why some plays stick with us.  Related Links & Glistens All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury Interlochen's "9 to 5 the Musical", High School Musical TV Show  "Misfits" 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 to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com
37:38
August 5, 2019
26. Don't Wait for Permission with Reina Hardy
Playwright Reina Hardy joins us on this episode to discuss all things playwriting, theater, teaching, and more. Reina is a delightful and incredible human being. We also share our pet peeves on rejections so don't miss out on this episode! Reina Hardy's plays, which usually contain magic and sometimes contain science, have been produced in Chicago, NYC and London. They include “Glassheart” (Rorsharch Theater and the Shrewds), “Changelings”, (The Vortex), and “A Map to Somewhere Else” (Everyday Inferno, NYC). Honors include: Michener Fellowship, National New Play Network New Play Showcase, Source Festival, Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights Workshop, Interact 20/20 Commission, Kennedy Center ACTF TYA PRIZE. Publications include: “Best American Short Plays, 2012-2013,” and “Best Scenes for Two Actors,” Applause, “Best Stage Monologs for Men,” “60 Seconds to Shine,” and “105 5-Minute Plays for Study and Performance,” from Smith and Kraus. In the 2018-19 and 2019-20 season: the world premiere of "Fanatical" in London, new productions of "Stargazers" in Michigan and Australia, the second production of "Susan Swayne and the Bewildered Bride" in Cincinnati, and the rolling world premiere of "Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven" in Milwaukee, WI; Washington, DC; Austin, TX and Ridgefield, CT. MFA: Michener Center at UT Austin. To learn more about Reina and her work, visit the website: www.reinahardy.com 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 to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com
56:22
July 29, 2019
25. Talkbacks / Post-Show Discussions
In this episode, we share our thoughts on talkbacks and post-show discussions. What are the different approaches or structures to talkbacks? What are talkbacks for? In an ideal world, what would a talkback provide to artists, audience members, and the theater institution? What are the pitfalls of talkbacks? What makes them go wrong? How can we make them better? Well, we attempted to answer these questions the only way we know how-- The BB Way. As always, we would love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting or any topics discussed on this show and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com LINKS Advice from Eve Tuck about academic Q & A twitter.com/tuckeve/status/1141501422611128320 GLISTENS 1. Staunch Book Prize 2. Sarah's Wedding Dress 3. Sleep Paralysis Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies
42:08
July 22, 2019
24. Formatting Plays
Listeners, sometimes you gotta learn the format to break it. In this episode, we discuss the standard format for playwriting, different writing programs to use for playwriting, and what we love (or sometimes we don't love) about the format. Please support Beckett's Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies As always, we would love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com
41:56
July 15, 2019
23. How Meaning is Made with Jenni Page-White
Literary Manager (and fellow Iowa alumn) Jenni Page-White joins us on this episode to share her experiences as both a dramaturg and literary manager. This is a great episode for our listeners who are interested in dramaturgy and have been thinking about literary management as a profession! Jenni gives us some thoughtful insight into the world. We hope you'll enjoy it! Jenni Page-White is the literary manager at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she curates and develops new work for the Humana Festival of New American Plays. Her dramaturgy credits at Actors Theatre include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Angels in America (Parts One and Two), and the world premieres of We’ve Come to Believe, by Kara Lee Corthron, Emily Feldman, and Matthew Paul Olmos; Dave Harris’s Everybody Black; Mara Nelson-Greenberg’s Do You Feel Anger?; Susan Soon He Stanton’s we, the invisibles ; Basil Kreimendahl’s We’re Gonna Be Okay; Tasha Gordon-Solmon’s I Now Pronounce; Brendan Pelsue’s Wellesley Girl; and Steven Dietz’s This Random World. Prior to working at Actors Theatre, she was the literary associate at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where she helped select and develop new plays for First Look and coordinated post-show discussion programming. As a freelance dramaturg, she has worked with WildWind Performance Lab, American Theater Company, Sideshow Theatre Company and LiveWire Chicago Theatre, and she has evaluated work for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Playwrights’ Center, the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and The New Harmony Project. She is the co-editor, with Amy Wegener, of several volumes of Humana Festival play anthologies. She holds a B.F.A. from the University of Oklahoma and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. To learn more about Jenni and her work at Actors Theater of Louisville, visit the website: https://www.actorstheatre.org/bios/jenni-page-white/ 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 to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com
56:04
July 8, 2019
22. How Does a Playwright Make Money?
Let's talk money! In this episode, Sam and Sarah discuss how playwrights can earn a living writing plays and what is really out there for a playwright. We could only pack so much and we feel this conversation is ongoing so we'd love to hear your thoughts on this as well! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting or the subject of the episode and we might discuss it on our next episode. We'd love to hear from you! Follow us on social @beckettsbabies Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com Related Links: Paying Playwrights More Than Play Money by Diep Tran www.americantheatre.org/2014/12/10/pa…n-play-money/ Amazing Resource: Open Source Document showing salaries across a range of theater jobs by Jenna Clark Embrey docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1p…-cz1-8/edit#gid=0
38:05
July 1, 2019
21. Rehearsing a New Play
What's it like to rehearse a new play? Sam and Sarah share their own personal experiences with rehearsals and its pros and cons when rewriting a new play. How do you feel about rehearsals? Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. We'd love to hear from you! Follow us on social @beckettsbabies Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com
38:45
June 24, 2019
20. Interview with 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 theater company with her fellow collaborators. BELLA is a playwright, director, and instructor of theatre studies. Her playwriting often focuses on science fiction of speculative themes. Bella’s plays have been produced and developed at the Great Plains Theater Festival, New Perspectives Theater, The Science Fiction Theater Company, Otherworld Theatre, the Pittsburgh New Play Festival, The Alleyway Theatre, The Antaeus Company, Madlab, Road Less Traveled Productions, Quantum Dragon Theatre and many more. Bella has been a finalist for the Woodward/Newman Drama Award, the Heideman Prize, The Christopher Brian Wolk Award, and the Samuel French OOB Festival. She has been a regional playwriting resident at Road Less Traveled Productions, and a teaching artist at Shea's Buffalo, The Just Buffalo Literary Center, Syracuse Stage, Horizon Theatre Company, and many others. Bella is also the Artistic Director of The Navigators Theatre Company, producing feminist science fiction stories for the stage. The company currently has a residency with Access Theatre in New York City.  In addition to her playwriting, Bella is also a PhD Candidate in Performance Studies at the University at Buffalo. Her ongoing research project explores robots and A.I. in performance from 1920 to the present. Other research interests include mixed reality performance, the historical avant-garde, and female playwrights. Bella holds a BFA in Acting from Boston University, an MA in Theatre from the University at Buffalo, and an MFA in Playwriting from the Iowa Playwrights' Workshop. To learn more about Bella and her work, visit her website at www.bellapoynton.com The episode was recorded on June 9, 2020. 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 to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com
1:00:01
June 17, 2019
19. 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 thought about the exercise! LINKS New York Times - “My Daughter Was a Preschool Biter” Los Angeles Times - “A 102-year-old woman faces eviction so the landlords’ daughter can move in. It’s completely legal” USA Today - “Trump, first lady have tea with Prince Charles” Entertainment Weekly - “Anderson Cooper forgot to tell his mom he was coming out: 'You could've given me a heads up! Washington Post - “He asked the FBI to analyze ‘Bigfoot’ hair 40 years ago and never heard back. Until now.”  The Atlantic -  “When Your Final Exam is Surviving The Wilderness”  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 to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com
40:35
June 10, 2019
18. Creating a More Compassionate World with Writer Monica Trausch
In this episode, Brooklyn-based playwright and screenwriter Monica Trausch shares insight into her life in New York, writing her play "The ABCs", and why she writes. We also play a fun game called "Premises" and you won't want to miss what Sam and Monica have to say. To learn more about Monica Trausch, visit her website www.monicatrausch.com and follow her on social @monicatrausch --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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 to hear from you!  Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com
1:08:22
June 3, 2019
17. Ways to Get Inspired
For the days when we don't feel like writing, we look to others to inspire us. In this episode, we share words of wisdom from other writers. FAVE ESSAYS, BOOKS, ARTICLES, CONVERSATIONS ABOUT WRITING “Pitching and Moaning” catapult.co/stories/pitching-an…itting-your-writing SLP Elements of Style collaboratoryseriousplay.wordpress.com/2013/…says/ Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg (book) On Writing by Stephen King (book) Octavia Butler’s notes to herself hugohouse.org/octavia-butler-wri…ng-advice-contest/ “Draft No. 4” and “On Structure” by John Mcphee jsomers.net/mcphee-draft-no-4.pdf “Communicating with Theatres” - Mary Sue Price pwcenter.org/playwriting-toolki…ters-follow-emails A conversation with Paula Vogel pwcenter.org/playwriting-toolki…sation-paula-vogel Jose Rivera’s 36 Assumptions on Writing Plays allbleedingstopseventually.blogspot.com/2007/….html --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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 to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com
46:26
May 27, 2019
16. Endings End. The End.
Every play has an ending and in this episode, we try to understand what makes an ending work and memorable. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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 to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com
40:17
May 20, 2019
15. Writing for Young Audiences with Playwright Chris Leyva
In this episode,  Columbus-based playwright and director Chris Leyva (also a fellow Iowa Playwrights Alum!) joins our show to share what his life has been like after graduate school and his journey into writing theater for young audiences. As playwrights, we were able to relate to so much of Chris' experiences including working day jobs, finding the time to write,  handling rejections, and the journey we all take to find our voice as writers. Listeners, you don't want to miss this episode! To learn more about Chris Leyva and his work visit: http://www.chrisleyva.com/ --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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 to hear from you!  Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com
58:21
May 13, 2019
14. Every Beginning is a Beginning. What is a Beginning.
In this episode, we discuss the beginning of a play. What do you think is considered a beginning? How long should the beginning be? What makes the beginning of a play memorable? We share our thoughts on this very important and serious episode.  GLISTENS: Sam's - "Running Out of Children, a South Korea School Enrolls Illiterate Grandmothers" by Choe Sang-Hun (NY Times) https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/27/world/asia/south-korea-school-grandmothers.html Sarah's - "Wedding planning is taking over my life and I can't deal." --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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 to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com
37:06
May 6, 2019
13. Stay Open Throughout the Process with Actor Regina Morones
In this episode, we speak with native Bay Area actor, singer, educator, a Resident Artist at San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and a company member at Ubuntu Theater Project-- REGINA MORONES! A talented actor and great collaborator to playwrights, Regina shares with us her audition experience into the MFA Acting program and her life after. To learn more about Regina and her work visit: www.reginamorones.com --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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 to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com
57:06
April 29, 2019
12. Rewriting. Writing Again. Rewriting.
Sam Collier and Sarah Cho share their experiences when it comes to rewriting and revising their plays. What goes into rewriting a new draft of a play? How can we all become better writers through revisions? Rewriting is a personal process that every writer goes through. Find out how we rewrite our plays in this episode! ----------------------------------------------------------------- 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 to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com
33:47
April 22, 2019
11. Don't Believe Any of the Rules About Playwriting with Nina Morrison
Director and playwright Nina Morrison joins us to share how she got into the world of theater and explains how her directing experience lends itself to playwriting. She also wants you to know that you shouldn't listen to any rules about playwriting. Find out why in this episode of Beckett's Babies. Nina Morrison is a playwright and director. She is a University of Iowa Provost's Postgraduate Visiting Writer 2019-2020. Her play Féminaal is being presented May 10-18 by the Grumble Theater, MSP, produced and directed by Alison Ruth  (grumbletheater.org tickets available now) . Nina is currently based in Iowa City, before Iowa, she was based in New York City for 17 years. Some NYC credits are: Nina wrote and directed the plays Arrow In and Girl Adventure: Parts 1-4 both presented by Dixon Place, The HOT! Festival of Queer Performance and the Little Theatre series. Nina was a Dixon Place Artist-in-Residence, and she was a WORKSPACE Writer-in-Residence, a residency program of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She holds an MFA in Directing and an MFA in Playwriting both from the  University of Iowa. For more information visit www.ninamorrison.com  ----------------------------------------------------------------- Listeners, we'd love to hear your thoughts on all the matter we discussed on the show.  Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies We would love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info, visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com
48:27
April 15, 2019
10. Happy Birthday, Samuel Beckett
Hosts Sam Collier and Sarah Cho celebrate their 10th episode of the show the only way they know how... by also celebrating Samuel Beckett's Birthday. Samuel Beckett, the Irish novelist, playwright, short story writer, theatre director, poet, and literary translator was born on April 13, 1906. In this episode, we take a glimpse into Samuel Beckett's life and work as we try to figure out why we named ourselves after him. Enjoy! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Listeners, we'd love to hear your thoughts on all the matter we discussed on the show.  Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies We would love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info and playwriting exercises visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com
33:49
April 8, 2019
9. Happy April Fools. Sam and Sarah Talk Life.
Happy April Fools! Even though it's April Fools, life as a writer is no joke. In this episode, we share our personal thoughts on the idea of a "starving artist", day jobs, and social media influencers. A real 'smorgasburg' of an episode.   ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Listeners, we'd love to hear your thoughts on all the matter we discussed on the show.  Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies We would love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info and playwriting exercises visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com
32:25
April 1, 2019
8. Theater Can Be Anything with Playwright Micah Ariel James
Playwright, Poet, Performer, Dramaturg, Teaching Artist and Arts Administrator Micah Ariel James joins us to share her philosophy on theater, playwriting and stage directions. She also shares her two cents on how no two productions of a play should ever be the same. Theater can be anything! Yeah, she said it folks! Check out the episode!  Check out Micah's podcast Hancher Presents HERE to learn more!  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies We would love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info and playwriting exercises visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com
46:57
March 25, 2019
7. Writing 10-Minute Plays
"What do you mean plays can be 10 minutes long?!" That's right, listeners. Plays can be ten minutes long too. In this episode, we discuss the 10-minute play, the structure, and the benefits and drawbacks of writing plays in ten minutes.   ----------------------------------- Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies We would love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info and playwriting exercises visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com Theme Music: "Live Like The Kids" from Audio Network
31:46
March 18, 2019
6. Cut the Play with Dramaturg and Director Alison Ruth
Dramaturg and Director Alison Ruth joins us in this episode of Beckett's Babies to share her thoughts on dramaturgy, playwriting, and directing. We discuss what makes theater unique from other art forms and how dramaturgy can lend itself to directing. We loved having Alison on the show! She's a wonderful human being and that's our favorite type of guest  on our show.  Check out the episode!  Grumble Theater: http://www.grumbletheater.org/ Episode 6:  "Writing a Pillow Book" Playwriting Exercise from Alison Ruth ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies We would love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info and playwriting exercises visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com
46:06
March 11, 2019
5. Rejections
Almost every writer submit their work to be considered for conferences, residencies, and publishing. The question is, how do you handle the rejections? Join hosts Sam and Sarah as they share their personal coping mechanisms they may (or may not) have when it comes to dealing with the rejections. Also included are a few helpful links to help you start submitting your plays!  -----------------------------------  Helpful Links: New Play Exchange: https://newplayexchange.org/ Playwrights' Center: https://pwcenter.org/ Kat's Play & Musical Submission Central: https://www.facebook.com/groups/172232179854587/  Episode 5: 10 Seconds/ 1,000 Years Playwriting Exercise ----------------------------------- Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies  We would love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode.  Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com For more info and playwriting exercises visit our website: www.beckettsbabies.com Theme Music: "Live Like The Kids" from Audio Network
34:03
March 4, 2019
4. Invite the Audience Into Your Heart with Playwright Kristin Idaszak
Playwright, dramaturg, producer, and educator Kristin Idaszak joins us to discuss her play, "Strange Heart Beating." Idaszak also shares her approach to starting new plays, her passion for climate change, and her role as artistic director at Cloudgate Theatre. Join us for this new episode of Beckett's Babies... as we all try to figure out playwriting. To learn more about Kristin Idaszak, visit www.kristinidaszak.com  ----------------------------------- Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies  We would love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode.  Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com Website: www.beckettsbabies.com Theme Music: "Live Like The Kids" from Audio Network Additional Links Mentioned in the Show! The Story of Storytelling by Ferris Jabr https://harpers.org/archive/2019/03/the-story-of-storytelling/
39:52
February 25, 2019
3. Rituals and Routines
Hosts Sam Collier and Sarah Cho dive into discussion about rituals and routines. In this episode, we explore how we stay motivated to write every day and share our own personal tips in getting inspired. Listeners, we would love to know... what's your favorite beverage of choice when you write?   Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies We would love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting or writing and we'd love to share it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com Website: www.beckettsbabies.com Theme Music: "Live Like The Kids" from Audio Network
31:13
February 18, 2019
2. 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. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies We would love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com Website: www.beckettsbabies.com Theme Music: "Live Like The Kids" from Audio Network
59:00
February 11, 2019
1. Hello, World! We Are Beckett's Babies!
Hosts Sam Collier and Sarah Cho make their big return to the podcasting  world since their last recording. Join us as we catch up what we've been up to since our last episode. It feels great to be back! Visit the website below to learn about your new favorite hosts! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: @beckettsbabies We would love to hear from you! Send us your questions or thoughts on playwriting and we might discuss it on our next episode. Email: contact@beckettsbabies.com Website: www.beckettsbabies.com Theme Music: "Live Like The Kids" from Audio Network
34:35
February 11, 2019
Bonus: Beckett’s Babies Returns!
Sam Collier and Sarah Cho reunite on this special homecoming episode to discuss life after graduation, writing, and "glistens". #playwriting
32:22
May 27, 2018
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