Have you ever thought about writing a play but had no idea where to start? Each week, join playwrights and teaching artist pals Tori and Mabelle as they discuss playwriting and life, and leave you with a prompt to get to work. Whether you want to learn how to write a play or just need a little creative inspiration and cheerleading, this podcast is for you.
Tori and Mabelle round out their 12-episode season with a cornucopia of topics including: upcoming writing projects; the joy of smooth writing utensils; dislodging constipated gel pens; a seasonal asking for a friend; and an invitation to journey with them on their “The 90-Day Play” adventure inspired by Linda Walsh Jenkins’s book. This week’s writing prompt invites you to peek back at the past (from the future!).
Tori and Mabelle talk with one of their artist idols: Sarah Greenman. A storyteller, visual artist and Woo-woo catalyst, Sarah discusses the evolution of her Creative Alchemy Oracle Deck, playwriting, motherhood and the importance of choosing this life every day. Her upcoming projects, as well as her acclaimed play, Leni, based on the life of Leni Riefenstahl, are also discussed. Sarah offers two prompts inspired by Maggie Smith’s poem, “Good Bones."
Tori and Mabelle talk with theatremaker, film aficionado and podcaster, Tom Steward. Tom digs into the details of dissecting film sequels, starting with dialogue to create compelling stories, holding onto your writing drafts AND the importance of self-advocating. He also shares which horror movie he’d choose to be trapped in. He gives a potentially haunting (but not necessarily) prompt to jumpstart your writing.
Tori and Mabelle talk with Penguin Random House inspirational speaker and creative disruptor, Tania Katan. Tania shares insights about the two Cs of creativity, her life as a best-selling author and Curator of Shenanigans, and how she found her “in” as a public speaker. Tori and Mabelle receive new job titles: Motivational Grader and Storytelling Reporter. Tania drops two writing prompts, including one from her award-winning book, “Creative Trespassing: How To Put The Spark And Joy Back Into Your Work And Life.”
Tori and Mabelle drop helpful tips on prepping for contest submissions (hint: Don’t be like Johnny Smartypants), including resources for finding opportunities. Everyone’s a winner with a contest-inspired writing prompt.
Tori and Mabelle talk with award-winning playwright and high school senior, Izzy Ster who shares her thoughts about distance learning, the magic of theatre, and the importance of doing what makes you happy. Izzy gives us a timely scene prompt, just right for the times.
Tori and Mabelle talk with one of their favorite actors, Albert Park. Albert discusses his journey as an actor and what he has been up to during the pandemic. The Twilight Zone, eating off the floor, and junior high are also discussed. Albert provides a sensory exercise to spark up an idea for something to write about.
Tori and Mabelle talk with playwright, teaching artist, and calming presence Thelma Virata de Castro. Among many other things, Thelma talks about her work as a playwright and a standardized patient. And she serves up a really great prompt.
Tori and Mabelle discuss where their inspiration comes from, the magic of eavesdropping, and nice smells. There's an exercise to try the next time you go grocery shopping and a writing prompt to get you going.
Tori and Mabelle talk with Dr. Maria Patrice Amon, founder and executive producer of the Latinx New Play Festival at the San Diego Repertory Theatre. Jane Fonda, expired mayonnaise, and the sedentary lifestyle are also discussed. A writing prompt tops off the fun.
Meet Tori and Mabelle, your hosts who talk playwriting, discuss virtual theatre during the pandemic, and compare game faces (or lack thereof). A writing prompt pushing the limits of creative constraints concludes the episode.