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12 New Shakespeare Superstitions

Theater superstitions have us believe that it is bad luck to say
"Macbeth" in a theater. Instead, we’re forced to call Macbeth “The Scottish Play.” This is all well and good, but what if superstitions develop around Shakespeare’s other plays? We don’t have alternate names for these works…  Until now!



1. The Tempest

The Windy and Rainy Play

2. The Comedy of Errors

The #Fail Play

3. Hamlet

The Longest Play

4. Much ...
Quiz: Is Your Production Ready for Opening Night?

Putting on a play takes a great deal of hard work, organization, and, above all else, time. Take this quiz to see if your production is in shipshape for opening night!

1. Have you picked a play to do?
a. Yes. It’s great! People are gonna love it!
b. What do you mean “play?” Like a football play?

2. Have you auditioned actors?
a. Yes. We cast some great ones.
First Draft Titles of Classic Plays
What makes the great writers great is their ability to edit. Any good writer knows that what must be removed is just as important as what stays in.

Would these classics have stood a chance to become iconic had they retained their original titles? I doubt it!

1.) A Woman Named Blanche, A Woman Named Stella, A Man Named Stanley, and A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

2.) The Events That Lead Up to The Death of A Salesman From Brooklyn Whose Name Was Willy Loman by Arthur Miller

3.) Pride and ...
14 Signs You Might Be an Actor in a Play
1. You’re wearing clothes that aren't yours.

"Hmmm. I don't usually dress like a pirate..."

2. A room full of strangers are watching you and you're ignoring them.

"I don't remember these people being around while I was eating breakfast."

3. You're being called by a name that isn't yours.

"Why do you keep calling me Juliet? My name is Sarah!"

4. Every time the lights go out, more time passes than you expected.

"That definitely didn't feel like a whole day."

5. ...
5 Questions for Jonathan Rand
Tell us a joke.

You can’t tell me what to do.

Now that you're loosened up, what was the genesis of Crazytown?

For ten years I’d been meaning to write a fast-paced, low-tech evening of comedy where four actors played far too many roles. Once I decided the setting would be a fictional city where absurdity was the norm, the characters began materializing and Crazytown was born.

Who are your comedy heroes?

It’s a long list, but to name a handful: Monty Python, Tig Notaro, Jason Mantzoukas, Tina Fey, Matt ...
“SEX a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs”
David Wain, Michael Showalter, and Joe Lo Truglio are, as any good comedy nerd will tell you, comedy legends. They are the men behind the 2001 camp cult film, Wet Hot American Summer, which, directed by Wain and written by Wain/Showalter, boasts a cast that includes Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Chris Meloni, Janeane Garofalo, and Molly Shannon to name a few. Wain, Showalter, and Lo Truglio met as college students at NYU, where they formed the sketch comedy group The State. The State spawned the popular MTV show of the same name (which ran from ...

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