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Playwrights on Process
How does a writer, well, write? Having an idea is relatively easy, but putting pen to paper and seeing an idea through is a different story, and the whole process of writing itself can seem daunting, even mysterious. In this blog post, we pull back the curtain on process, as 9 playwrights share what their creative process is like—how often they like to write, where they like to write, how they find their inspiration.
I write in spurts. When I’m in a spurt I’m writing most every day, ideally a chunk in the morning and then another chunk later though I ...
7 Questions with Tyler Dwiggins, Author of ‘subText’
Tyler Dwiggins's new play, subText, is a hilarious series of vignettes detailing the awkwardness of dating in the digital age. We spoke with the playwright about the inspiration behind the play, collaboration, and writing under-represented characters.

What was the inspiration behind subText?

subText was inspired by one of my dearest friends and my former supervising teacher, Kimberly Ruse-Roberts. On one of my last days as her student teacher, Kim mentioned how hard it was to find comedies that were relevant to her high ...
Ian McWethy Interviews Himself
In this guest blog post, playwright Ian Mcwethy is asked the hard-hitting questions…by himself! His new play, 12 Incompetent Jurors (a hilarious parody of 12 Angry Men), was published earlier this month.

So, you seem to write a lot of plays, what makes this one so special?

Well, the biggest reason 12 Incompetent Jurors has a special place in my heart is that it’s the only play in Playscripts’ catalogue that I’ve ever produced and acted in myself. And I can honestly say it’s the most fun I’ve ever had ...
From Sketch to Stage to Screen: Adapting ‘Kill Me, Deadly’
Kill Me, Deadly is a smart parody of detective noir that keeps you guessing 'til the end. In this guest blog post, playwright and screenwriter Bill Robens discusses the sketch come play come movie, and the process of adapting a piece of work for different mediums. The movie was just released on Vudu, YouTube, DirecTV, Time Warner Cable, Google Play, Amazon Prime and iTunes.

Kill Me, Deadly began as a short late-night sketch I wrote for my artistic home, Theatre of NOTE, in Hollywood, comprising only the ending scene, and titled ...
9 Playwrights Share Their Advice for Aspiring Writers
Over the years, we’ve had the chance to speak with numerous playwrights about their craft. One question we love to ask writers is what their advice would be for writers starting out—what wisdom they might impart to their younger selves. Here, we share with you some of that advice.
“Keep writing. Find people you want to work with who inspire you. Keep asking questions, keep pushing yourself. Stay curious. The world is big and strange and wondrous. Explore. And as you do, try to be kind to yourself and to others. Also, be patient. Writing is a lifelong process. There ...
Playwright to Playwright: Kia Corthron Interviews Catherine Filloux
In  Selma '65, playwright Catherine Filloux brings to life the interconnected stories of Viola Liuzzo, a white civil rights activist who marched for voting rights at Selma in 1965, and Tommy Rowe, FBI informant, undercover with the Ku Klux Klan. Fellow playwright Kia Corthron sat down with Catherine to discuss the new play, her writing process, and arts activism.

Kia Corthron: How did you come across the story of Viola Liuzzo?

Catherine Filloux: The actress Marietta Hedges commissioned me to write her a one-woman play.  She brought me the story ...
6 Questions with Playwright Dipika Guha
Inspired by Shakespeare and set in those hazy post-college years, Blown Youth examines what happens to the universe when a woman is at its center. We talk with the playwright Dipika Guha about Hamlet, feminism, and the type of life experience that leads one to writing.

What was the inspiration behind Blown Youth?

My original intention was to write a play that interrogated, examined and exploded the role of the most prized male role in the canon. So having set myself up to do that, I found I couldn’t write at all! I spent the ...
We talk boredom and creativity with playwright William Missouri Downs
William Missouri Downs has just released three new plays: Women Playing Hamlet, Mr. Perfect, and Mad Gravity. We chat with the playwright about great theater characters, the nature of creativity, and living in Wyoming.

Briefly, what was the inspiration behind Women Playing HamletMr. Perfect, and Mad Gravity?

I’m drawn to unique stories that say something about the human condition. A woman cast as Hamlet (Women Playing Hamlet), a flight attendant looking for life, love and god (Mr. ...
5 Questions with Michael Mejias, author of “Waiting for Lucy”

Waiting for Lucy is the new one-act comedy from Michael Mejias about love triangles and perpetual rumor mill that is high school. We talk with the playwright about the inspiration behind the play, taking risks in writing, and gossip.

What was the inspiration behind Waiting for Lucy?

I work at a literary agency in New York City; more specifically, I run the agency's intern program, so, I'm in a regular conversation with recent college grads. I expect my inspiration comes from 15 years worth of back-and-forth with all the young ...
5 Questions with Robert Kauzlaric, the Playwright Behind “The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!”

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! by Robert Kauzlaric, Paul Gilvary, and William Rush is a musical adaptation of the hit children's book about the Big, Bad Wolf's day in court. We talk with Robert Kauzlaric about Chicago theater, children's literature, and the art of adaptation writing.

Since its publication in 1989, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! has become one of the bestselling and beloved children's books of all time. What do you think it is it about the story that is so appealing to kids?

Jon ...
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