Self-Producing for Theatre

What do you do once you’ve written a play? How do you move it toward production? Dramatists posed those questions to renowned playwright and screenwriter John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck, Doubt) during a visit to Seattle four years ago. “Don’t wait for someone to produce it. Go put it up on […] Continue reading »

Finding a Director, and Bidding Farewell

When a script has the merit and good fortune (both are necessary) to move off the writer’s desk into production, a lonely orphan is getting adopted into a big, noisy family. The person charged with focusing that family’s talent and bursting energy is the director. He is the hub from which […] Continue reading »

Directing Brunch to ‘Chicago’ and Beyond

My blog has profiled enough stage directors that those pieces are starting to look like a series. As a basis for these profiles I often use interviews conducted by New York producer Ken Davenport and posted as podcasts on his blog The Producer’s Perspective. I pay attention to directors because they are […] Continue reading »

My Play about Paul Cezanne

Visiting Cezanne, my newest play, is having its world premiere next month in Seattle. For those of you in the area, I hope to see you there. Red Rover Theatre Company is producing. This play was inspired by a 2011 visit to a Cezanne exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New […] Continue reading »

A Director’s Journey to Broadway

Directors are to theatre what the depot is to railroads: all trains run through them. Tracks radiate from the director to every corner of a production – the writer, producer, actors, designers, finance people, marketers, and venue management. She also serves the vital defensive function of shielding the creative team […] Continue reading »

Stages of Doug Hughes

Something like a theatre express train has occasionally operated from Seattle to New York, conveying directors and executives eastbound. Notable passengers have been Dan Sullivan (Seattle Rep Artistic Director 1981-1997), Doug Hughes (Seattle Rep Associate Artistic Director 1984-1996), and Bart Sher (Intiman Theatre Artistic Director 2000-2010). All became A-list New […] Continue reading »

Free Performance Shines Light on Censorship

The Seattle theatre community is coming together to celebrate free expression in the theater and raise awareness about censorship, in a one-night-only-performance of Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret. And you are invited. DATE:  Monday, Sept. 25, 7:00 pm PLACE:  Bullitt Cabaret at ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle 98101 TICKETS: Admission is free. […] Continue reading »

Bob Dylan Dramatized

Musicals of any stripe are notoriously difficult to pull off. They’re certainly more difficult than a straight play. This is largely due to so many moving parts, including bookwriter, lyricist, composer, arranger, choreographer, conductor and musicians. When a musical is based on an original story, the creative team starts with […] Continue reading »