Recent Essays

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Bad Influences
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Bad Influences

8 May 2011

Playwright Max "Bunny" Sparber attributes his playwrighting style to artists throughout history who use misbehaviors to captivate their audience.

Interview with Hal Brooks
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Interview with Hal Brooks

4 May 2011

Adam Szymkowicz interviews director Hal Brooks about his process and aspirations as a director.

Zombies Limping in Circles, or An Argument for a Taxonomy of NPD Technique
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Zombies Limping in Circles, or An Argument for a Taxonomy of NPD Technique

1 May 2011

Aaron Carter and Erik Ramsey suggest a taxonomy for new play development techniques to serve as a reference for playwrights and developers to avoid the "zombification" of new plays. 

Casting Myself
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Casting Myself

27 April 2011

Susan Miller speaks on the collision of the playwright's personal and the public, and the beauty found in performing these stories themselves.  

A logo that reads "2AMt: thinking outside the black box"
Theater, Twitter, and Revolution
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Theater, Twitter, and Revolution

24 April 2011

"All the hand-wringing about tweeting in the theatre is really nothing more than a distraction from the far more important, positive, and legitimate ways in which Twitter is changing our art form."

Interview with Kent Thompson
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Interview with Kent Thompson

20 April 2011

Michele Lowe interviews Kent Thompson, Producing Artistic Director of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, about his mission to cultivate lasting relationships between playwrights and audiences. 

A portrait of Josh Tobiessen
The Value of the Slow
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The Value of the Slow

18 April 2011

"I was used to having a play produced every year and I assumed that the next production would come easily. I wasn’t expecting the lull that followed."

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The New Black Fest
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The New Black Fest

13 April 2011

Keith Josef Adkins speaks on his experience working to "diversify within our diversity" and provide fresh black narratives to the canon of American theatre.

A book entitled "The Gift: How the creative spirit transforms the world."
Notes on Generosity in the Theater
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Notes on Generosity in the Theater

10 April 2011

Thoughts on maintaining a sense of abundance and gratitude as a theatre artist.

Translating Laughter
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Translating Laughter

A Cabaret from the Terezín Ghetto

6 April 2011

Lisa Peschel considers her experience adapting a comedic play written by survivors of the Holocaust and the way in which its humor translates to audiences today. 

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