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True West – Hub theatre

A recent play that has premiered in the Boston theatre scene is Sam Shepard’s True West presented by the Hub Theatre Company at the First Church in Boston.. Directed by Daniel Bourque, starring Bob Mussett, Victor Shopov, Robert Orzalli and Maureen Adduci; and kicking off Hub Theatre Company’s sixth season, the show ran from April […]

SIBLJANOVIC BIOGRAPHY

SIBLJANOVIC BIOGRAPHY: Born 15 October 1970 – Stockholm, Sweden Raised in Belgrade 1995 Dramaturgy degree at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. Outspoken figure in Serbian politics/public sphere. Writes for theatre (9 plays), TV, and journalism. A war diary (la Republicca, 1999). Plays have been stage in 50+ countries Part-time lecturer at  her alma […]

Admission

I wanted to post my admission letter into Lesley. I’ve always been inspired by non-traditional intro letters. As a child I found refuge in writing fairy-tales about children discovering wooden chests leading to other worlds composed fog and tall grass. Worlds with mysterious beasts, kindhearted sprites, and enchanted natives to cushion my sister from our […]

Vomit Writing Magic Muse

Being a playwright-  finding your muse is very important- having your space, having your music, having your spells, chants, and charms around you as you write is very important. But sometimes it just doesn’t come. My first mentor/friend in playwriting was Stephen Adly Guirgis. Outside of my mother, he was the first person who told […]

Creative Prep

I find outlining a play very tedious and not helpful for my subconscious. Instead I make a creative prep. Here is an example of a creative prep. It follows Aristotle’s poetics. Whistle Pig – Creative Prep Character – Cam is the son of an alcoholic murderer. When Cam was a young man his father, in […]

Animal Corridor – feminist/gender/identity/dance

25 – MARCH – 19:00 – 21:00 About Animal Corridor: At a time when we were proclaiming the future as female, we were rocked to our core by the state of today. What role does gender play in our society now and in the future? Gender is a complex, social construction that resembles a chaotic […]

Scn Std: wk1

I just had my first rehearsal? meet and greet? chat? run-through? stumble upon? of a short piece I’ll be doing with Sara Katzoff and three undergrad actors/actresses. For the past semester and a half I’ve been working on my thesis play which is this dark tragedy. It’s been so long since I’ve started a new […]

formatting guidelines for play scripts

Working with students I find formats are a valuable resource. BUT format is slowly disappearing – a lot of theaters look for edgy creative ways to create dialogue and format work. This is a good starting point to launch into your own form of format. Formatting in a play creates the world and also teaches […]

Playwright Tool – The Character Sketch

The Character Sketch Before you begin writing at the level of scene, it’s a good idea to know your character somewhat.  Of course, your level of intimacy with your character will only increase as you write, and many writers learn about their characters by extensive rough drafting.  But working up a character sketch can save […]

Playwright Tool – Dialogue

Dialogue:  Advice *Be sure to set the scene, even briefly.  If a reader can’t visualize the physical space, he/she has no context for the conversation.  *Avoid using dialogue unless how a character says something informs the reader about the character.  *Don’t try to hide exposition in dialogue, making characters say things just so the reader […]

Playwright Tools – Workshop

WORKSHOP The primary interest of this fiction workshop will be reader reaction.  Our first and most important task will be to express to the writer how his/her work was received.  Because of this, it is imperative that you be an interactive reader, reading with a pen and keeping a running account of your own reactions.  […]

Playwright Tools – 14 Days

14 Days Tell me the story of your life from the day you were born until know, using only fourteen days to show.  Some pick the most significant days.  Some pick those with the most intense memories.  This is an exercise in selection so it’s very hard to do wrong. Do strive for some concrete […]

Eavesdropping

  That’s Tiny. That’s bad, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. I have to take a picture of that. Alright, Jinkies (clinks glass to hers in cheers.) That is the most Guinness pour of Guinness pours in history. It almost looks like a black and tan. I’m Irish, that’s not done. If I sent […]

Suzuki Training C.W. Post

I went to C.W. Post on Long Island to visit my friend Vanessa Rosas. She is studying with Maria Porter for her MA in Theatre. Porter was trained by Suzuki himself and now teaches Suzuki with her own spin, a more intense physical training.   THE EXERCISES:   The 10 ways of walking:   http://youtu.be/N3TV1Zuf1SU […]

tlkng Pt. 3

I’ve been struggling to divorce from writing strictly Appalachian stories. I love writing about where I’m from but it’s hard writing and being disconnected from my home – it’s depressing to be honest. Writing from Boston is a different atmosphere and it’s something I struggled to do. I’ve been feeling a lot of dysphoria and […]

A Strange Crack of Light by Madeline Bugeau-Heartt

Last month, I went to Warpole, MA to see a play at the Fisher House – which is a little one room school house that was turned into a Historical Society. A Crack of Strange Light is an otherworldly, theatrical exploration of faith, magic, and our shared hunger to feel less alone amidst the chaos. […]

tlkng Pt. 2

I also didn’t know how to write here in Boston- which sounds strange. At Lesley, I was able to be here for two weeks then go home and write in my world. It was a very big adjustment moving from cow country to the city. It was overwhelming/overstimulating and I didn’t know what my voice […]

Tlkng Pt. 1

Can I say, I can see myself developing? It feels very brazen – but I really can. I look back on last semester- in particular I look back on the last time I worked with Melinda and I think – What the hell was I doing? By the end of her class I finished nothing […]

Statement of Objective

These three words together scare the shit out of me. I always question if I want to apply to programs that request a statement of objective – I feel locked in, panicked and I want to scream. I worry that I’m going to deliver a statement that sounds very inauthentic to who I am. It’s […]

As a writer

The setting is the first thing I think about – Where? In my plays the set becomes more than a prop, it becomes as much of an organism of force as the living characters on stage. When I begin to develop a play I think about how I can manipulate the set into consciousness. How […]