Learned Helplessness

In recent years, without making a conscious decision to do so, I had stopped submitting my scripts to theaters, development opportunities and contests. Even though I had continued to write, that wasn’t anything to brag about since not submitting is the theatre world-equivalent of giving up and dying. Last winter, […] Continue reading »

Script Pages Magically Turn for Harry Potter

Of the two million copies of the playscript Harry Potter and the Cursed Child that sold in the first two days, one landed on my desk. Since the typical first print run of a new play by a prominent author is 5,000, I felt duty-bound to see what all the […] Continue reading »

Harry Potter Enchants the Stage

I would wager a small fortune, and a Ministry Time-Turner were such a nifty device in my possession, that now unfolding is a phenomenon never to be seen again in my lifetime. The best-selling book in the world just now is no literary novel or bodice-ripping page-turner; it’s not biography, scandalous […] Continue reading »

Unsteered Boats

“Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.” I enjoyed that line, expressed with Shakespeare’s characteristic pith and poetry, spoken by an actor last weekend during an outdoor performance of the play Cymbeline. Hearing that nugget from Shakespeare was timely – dare I say lucky – given that I […] Continue reading »

Luck Be a Lady Tonight

Luck vs. self-determination is not a subject that consumed me during a career as an entrepreneur. I was a busy guy and what was there to think about anyway? I knew I was smart, hard-working, good with people, more comfortable with risk than most people, and blazing my own trail. […] Continue reading »

Bart Sher Takes the Stage in New York

Once upon a time Bart Sher left Seattle for New York, where he became an A-list theatre and opera director. His Seattle roots went deep, having led Intiman Theatre as its Artistic Director from 2000 to 2010. New York producer Ken Davenport regularly interviews theatre people and releases those conversations […] Continue reading »

Our End of History Illusion

Change, and the presence of conflict, are two foundational imperatives in the fictional narrative arts (novels, movies and plays). Major characters must change. Story-tellers have no other choice. Most plots take off when a life is thrown into upheaval by events, some caused by the character’s own choices and actions. […] Continue reading »

A Stage Director Says ‘Let’s Go!’

Attention should be paid to stage directors by theatre artists of every stripe. The enjoyment of audience members can also be enriched by knowing more about directors’ alchemy. There are a number of reasons I occasionally shine a spotlight on directors in this blog. First off, by paying attention we […] Continue reading »