Tag Archive | Plays

WTF is a Play Cycle – Pt. 4

The Purpose of Play Cycles/Artist Prophet The Greeks were not only telling tales to reintegrate their citizens but they were developing stories that encapsulated their history, stories that allowed the viewer to examine civilization. In Julie Spark’s Playwrights’ Progress she states that the greek plays were performed as a mode of civic self-examination. Writers get […]

WTF is a play cycle – Pt. 3

Going All The Way To The Beginning – What Cycles Meant to the Greeks Skimming through the index of old theatre history textbooks looking for modern cycle plays I came across the word – Trilogy. Millennials typically think of a trilogy as a collection of books – that eventually turn into blockbuster movies but looking […]

Writing “Evil”

One of the old adages of playwriting is that you should love all your characters. After all, if you’re creating them, you think they’re important to your story, and subtlety will make that story shine all the more brightly. So–even your villains should have a personality, a rationale, a “way in” that lets us see […]

WTF is a play cycle – Pt. 2

But Why Serializations? Similar to our desires to be intrusive, we have a natural instinct of habit which modernly can perpetually turn into rituals and addictions. Maxwell Maltz, a plastic surgeon in the 1950s, found that it would take roughly twenty one days to create a habit or one episode of Absolutely Fabulous to get […]

And on and on and on

In theatre, unless you’re lucky to land an ongoing tour, every piece of theatre is ephemeral not only metaphorically but literally. You’ve got a few weeks or a few months on a project, and then it’s over–you move on to the next, or rather, spend a good deal of energy finding the next. As a […]

WTF is a play cycle – PT.1

Since I started calling myself a serious playwright (a writer in general) I’ve been invested in exploring what play cycles are. My goal in this weekly exploration is to expose the purpose and need of cycle plays in our modern day; and to answer some of these questions: What are play cycles? Why do playwrights […]

Who You Want Your Audience To Be

I’ve been thinking a lot about “audience” recently. I went to three shows this weekend, two fringe and one mid-size, and saw a huge disparity in who was attending the shows. This wasn’t surprising. It was exactly what you’d expect: majority older white subscribers at the mid-size, majority 20-40-somethings and theatre artists at the fringe, […]