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Revving Up for Fall

Welcome back readers & authors! We’re about to start the fall semester once again at Boston University, and thus we have a new crop of contributing writers for this blog. Look for posts starting next week.

Rounding Up #TheSummit

On Feb 17, 2014, Peter Marks of The Washington Post hosted an event called The Summit — it was a public conversation with several of D.C.’s leading artistic directors. As Peter noted in an article for The Washington Post, “Several months ago, Molly Smith, artistic director of Arena Stage, approached me with an intriguing offer: organizing and moderating a series […]

Kicking Off a New Semester

The Drama Lit Blog is about to lift off once again with a new batch of authors. Watch this space for an update later this week. Welcome back to Boston, everyone!

Advice: Make Good Art

Neil Gaiman knows where it’s at.   To hear the whole speech, click HERE.

My Favorite Tumblr

I routinely lose hours at the following gif-party: #WHATSHOULDWECALLPLAYWRIGHTS Can’t be helped.   BECAUSE… WHEN SOMEONE TELLS YOU EXACTLY HOW TO REWRITE YOUR PLAY     …AND…       {CLICK IMAGES FOR SOURCE POSTS.}

The Big List: What to See in Boston

The class this blog is connected to requires students to get outside BU and see some contemporary theatre (1990-now). To make the task easier, here’s a list of stuff you might consider, through early May. It’s a big list, but not comprehensive! COMPANY ONE (Yes, ok, my bias is showing. I help program the season […]

SWAN Day Boston 2013

Plans for SWAN Day Boston are heating up. For the uninitiated, SWAN Day/Support Women Artists Now Day is an international holiday designed to showcase the power and diversity of women’s creativity. People all over the world are encouraged to be a part of SWAN Day by creating or participating in a local event or online activity that celebrates women […]

Transitions

Now we say farewell to last semester’s blog authors, and welcome a new cohort to the fold. New posts begin in two weeks, so stay tuned!  

Storifying the American Theatre

Two useful storify collections for you. First: Strategies for applying to theatre internships, courtesy of the Early Career Dramaturgs group (#ECDramaturg). Second: The TCG Fall Forum meeting on Diversity (#TCGFF) that happened this past weekend in New York.  

I Think She’s Talking to You…

Go read Sarah Bartley’s current HowlRound blog post. Go do it. Right Now. She’s talking to you. Then, read this: A Call for Submissions HowlRound is seeking submissions from students from across the U.S. to be part of the School Days series—an online series featuring work from undergraduate theater students, artists, and leaders reflecting their perspective on theater […]

DramaLit Blog in the World

Some nice interactions are happening between writers of this blog and readers from beyond BU. Check out the comments section to Lauren Thomas’ post, “To Further Expand on The Orphan of Zhao at the RSC,” and Haley Sherwood’s post, “The Lily’s Revenge: Surprise!” And here’s another nice little plug. Or two:

Happy St. Crispin’s Day!

It’s October 25th, so… Enter the KING WESTMORELAND. O that we now had here But one ten thousand of those men in England That do no work to-day! KING. What’s he that wishes so? My cousin Westmoreland? No, my fair cousin; If we are mark’d to die, we are enow To do our country loss; […]

Beyond the Echo Chamber

If you haven’t read the comments section of Olivia’s recent post, Promoting Women in the Field, you definitely should go do that. Also, I’m just going to leave this right here:

Upcoming Events

A couple of excellent events coming up you should know about…. 1) Playwright Night Out Sat, Oct 20, join my company Playwrights’ Commons for a chance to meet the Anne Morgan, the literary manager at the O’Neill Theatre Center. She’ll be answering questions about the submission process for the National Playwrights Conference, and will also […]

Program Notes & New Dramaturgy Tools

A quickie post about writing and editing program notes… In preparation for the writing the blog authors here will be doing this week in their dramaturgy class, I thought I’d open the window a little bit into how my editing process works, and then show you a fabulous audience tool. Here’s an example of program […]

My America: Bi-Partisan, in the Theatre

As the election gets closer, our energies ramp up around deeply held beliefs of right, wrong, nationhood, policies, economies, etc. I offer a small panacea here. My fabulous colleagues over at CENTERSTAGE in Baltimore, MD, have created the My America Project, spearheaded by Gavin Witt — a dramaturg extraordinaire.  an excerpt from their website: In […]

Be Part of Beckett

From a friend at the Center Theatre Group…. (you know you want to call…)   I’m going to go ahead and speak for Samuel Beckett and say he’d really love it if you guys would call 213.972.4441 and record a 1 minute audio diary for Krapp’s Last Tape. Try to remember a year that felt […]

Time for a GIF

PSA: A Pretty Good Deal on Scripts

This came across the wires today (follow the embedded links): As you may know, since 2006 Playscripts, Inc. has been the publisher of Humana Festival:The Complete Plays, produced by the Actors Theatre of Louisville.  For the first time ever, we are making all 6 anthologies available (2006 through 2011) for a package price of only $60.  To redeem this […]

Come on Over…

Come on over to the dramaturgy and rehearsal blog I’m running for Company One’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. I’ve just posted some awesome audio tracks of playwright Rajiv Joseph talking about his process.