The Artist as Entrepreneur

Do not stop when you’ve written a play. Now go put it up on its feet. Self-produce. That’s the advice award-winning playwright and screenwriter John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck, Doubt) urged on a room of writers during a visit to Seattle last year. He declared that the only way a dramatist […] Continue reading »

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 »