Writing for Stage and Television

The arrival of “The Sopranos” in 1999 can be credited with ushering in the current era of television, which has become a golden age for scripted programs. These series have breathed new life into adult drama, a genre that had been expiring in the movies. These series have also proved to be a […] Continue reading »

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 »

Identity Politics and Fictional Characters

[First a word from our sponsors. Visiting Cezanne, a new play of mine about artistic struggle, is currently running in Seattle. Audience response has been embracing. In case you are near Seattle and might wish to see it, four performances remain.] If you do catch Visiting Cezanne one thing you won’t […] 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 »

Designing a World for Cezanne

A play fully exists only when live actors are sharing a story with a live audience. To “make” theatre requires a small village and one of the principal residents of that village is the set designer. She creates the three-dimensional story-world the actors inhabit. Last fall artist and designer Amelia […] 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 »