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On Failure
I was in a supermarket the other day and was shocked to learn that once again, I was not named People magazine’s sexiest man alive. How many times do I have to go through this? In any event, I plan to use this snub to fuel my creative process for years until that magazine comes to their senses and realizes that my sultry brown eyes and prominent forehead are every bit as attractive as that guy from The Hangover.

I’ve failed a lot in my life. A lot.

Anyone who tries to do something artistic, or something difficult, or something challenging, is going to ...
Happily Ever After, for Every Kind of Audience
Flipping through the TV channels or on a trip to the movies, you might notice that fairy tales are everywhere this fall. ABC and NBC are in on the action with Once Upon a Time and the darker Grimm, and last year’s Red Riding Hood was just the start of a slew of fairy tale films being produced for teenage audiences. Just outside our office here at Playscripts, Inc., a shiny two-story billboard has gone up, advertising Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman--we can’t seem to get away! But then again, why would we want to? Fairy tales endure for a ...
On the Importance of Desperation
 



Just over a month ago, I received a phone call from a prominent Artistic Director at a major regional theatre. (As you can imagine, this is something like getting a phone call from Santa Claus.) It went something like this:

PROMINENT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: What are you working on right now?

ME: Oh lots of things. Lots and lots of things. So many things it would blow your mind.

PROMINENT ARTISTIC DIRETOR: Can you send me a copy of a new play?

ME: Um… Yeah, just give me three or four weeks.

...
Stupid Things I Have Done: 4 Things Not To Do When Directing a Play
I think it’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I’ve done a lot of stupid things over the years. I’m going to limit this to my experiences as a director of my own work, though, to narrow it down.
To start with, I’ll admit that I’m not a great director. I’m decent enough at getting good performances out of actors, but I made a lot of mistakes in my first years. Here’s a few of them.
1. Use plastic chairs to stand in for your set. At the middle school, I didn’t have a shop. I didn’t even have a hint of a shop. There was no wood. So, if I ...
Is It Christmas Already?
In Texas, we have four seasons: Almost Summer, Summer, Late Summer, and Christmas. Christmas seems to begin earlier and earlier each year, and I’ve noticed that lately some stores are sneaking their Christmas stuff out before Halloween, which causes more than a few problems.

When you’re teaching theatre in Texas, there’s an unwritten expectation that you’re supposed to do a Christmas show. For some reason, parents want to see their kids perform in something. And although I’d spend at least a month or two happily playing improv games with my students, sooner or later ...
Catalog of Plays and Musicals for Schools
For the past few months, we have been diligently assembling our annual catalog, and it's finally done! This catalog reflects our newest and most popular plays and musicals for middle and high school theater programs or competitions. The plays range from one-acts to full lengths and include works by some of our most popular playwrights such as Ed Monk, Jon Jory, Alan Haehnel, Jonathan Rand, Don Zolidis, Jonathan Dorf, and Ian McWethy.

New and popular musicals in the catalog include works by Peter Bloedel, Sam Willmott, Nick Blaemire, Jodi Picoult, Mark Baron and Jeffrey ...
5 Ingredients of a Perfect One-Act Play
As of this writing, the one-act powerhouse Check Please  is four productions shy of hitting the 2,000 mark! That's 2,000 productions, over 3,600 performances, and more than 25,000 scripts sold.  Not only is it the most-produced play (of any length) in the Playscripts, Inc. catalog, but more importantly the most produced high school short play for the past six consecutive seasons in North America, according to the Educational Theatre Association’s annual play survey .

With all these productions to be had, and the economy as it is, it’s no surprise that many ...
Favorites
Whenever I talk to theatre groups, I’m inevitably asked which play of mine is my favorite. Now, most writers defer and talk about how they love all of their children equally (not true), but I always have an answer: Snappy’s Happy Half Hour. I wrote it my second year of teaching middle school theatre, and it provided my favorite theatrical moment ever.

Snappy’s is the story of a live children’s television show where all the actors quit moments before broadcast and the techies are forced to act. It’s kind of like A Midsummer Night’s Dream ...
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