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Frugal Fantasy: Making Magic on a Less Than Fantastical Budget
In this guest blog post, playwright Hillary DePiano shares her tips for low-budget stage magic.

There’s a part in The Green Bird where, poof, a colorful grotto appears where before there was only a dark forest. When the script first came out, some panicked directors contacted me worried about how they were going to pull off that effect. As they threw out lists of complicated ideas for making this magic, I found myself asking, “Wouldn’t it be simpler just to turn on the lights?” For the audience, revealing a colorful grotto where there was only a dark ...
Script Frenzy
I’m here to talk to you about that script. You know the one. That script you keep saying you’re going to write someday. I know, I know. You’ll write it later, when you have more time, after the kids graduate, when you retire, or whatever excuse you’re making this week.

Let’s be honest. At the rate you’re going, you'll keep putting off writing that story for the rest of your life. Your script doesn’t deserve that. It’s a good idea! Heck, it’s a great idea, and you know that or you wouldn’t keep carrying a torch for it all this time. An idea that is good ...
Adapt or Perish! Five Things to Consider Before Starting an Adaptation
Playwrights, it's hard to deny the lure of the adaptation. Taking existing content that you already know works and adapting it for the stage seems so much faster than writing something from scratch. An adaptation also makes your job that much easier when it comes to promotion. If your source material already has fans, they'll seek out your content on the strength of the original name even if they've never heard of you. Sounds great, right?

Nearly all adaptations can be boiled down into two types:

Format shifts: Taking a movie, short story, novel, life story, ...
Making the Most Out of a Living Playwright
When it comes to theatre, especially high school theatre, sometimes the syllabus and maybe even the whole season looks like a trip through the graveyard. Shakespeare. Moliere. Chekov. Rodgers and Hammerstein. You know. The usual suspects. They've got some phenomenal plays between them, sure, but they're not exactly the liveliest bunch around. Mostly because they died decades ago.

I was the president of my high school drama club so I know this feeling first hand. It's easy to get in the habit of assuming everything your teacher hands you was written by someone who's currently ...
   
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