Recent Essays

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Performers on a stage, one singing into a microphone
From Scarcity to Abundance
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From Scarcity to Abundance

A Truly Abundant Moment for the New Play Sector

5 February 2011

In this installment of the series From Scarcity to Abundance: Capturing the Moment for the New Work Sector, P. Carl connects the abundance of new plays with the need to embrace diversity in the theatre.

One actor counts money, the other sits on the floor looking
Interview with Martha Lavey
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Interview with Martha Lavey

3 February 2011

Playwright Bruce Norris interviews Martha Lavey, Artistic Director of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, on how taste, talent, and bias influences her artistic descision-making. 

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The Bounty of Big Institutions and the Glory of Grass Roots
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The Bounty of Big Institutions and the Glory of Grass Roots

30 January 2011

Playwright Lisa D'Amour considers the inherent differences between big institutions and grassroots theatres, and the possibilities that could arise were the two to collaborate. 

One performer sits downstage, three at a table in the background
It’s Not All About Me
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It’s Not All About Me

27 January 2011

Playwright Chinaka Hodge recounts her experiences producing her first play and how the collaboration process supported and enhanced the growth of her play.

Cast of Long Day's Journey Into Night
Confessions, Contradictions, Beauty
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Confessions, Contradictions, Beauty

25 January 2011

P. Carl reveals his personal journey with theatre through the lens of confessions, contradictions, and beauty. 

Two actors on a couch
A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights
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A Lover's Guide to American Playwrights

Horton Foote

23 January 2011

Todd London celebrates Horton Foote's body of work and the impact of memories on both his plays and his life.

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Interview with Maria Striar
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Interview with Maria Striar

23 January 2011

Andy Bragen talks with Clubbed Thumb co-founder Maria Striar on her experience as a theatre administrator commissioning and producing new works.

Paul Watson with Southern Sudan Kids During Civil War. Photo by Andrew Stawicki.
Writing About Myself
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Writing About Myself

23 January 2011

Playwright Dan O'Brien discusses the intersection between the personal and the political, and his findings which indicate that the most compelling stories come from the lives of others.

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